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With The Black Cat USS LCI Flotilla 13, by Robert F. Heath

 

Got this book because I have a few letters I purchased of ebay a few years ago from a fellow who served with this group. This is a really interesting read. A lot of the book is from the diary of Heath as he experienced the war day by day..In his own words.

 

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"Price of Fame" by: Sylvia Jukes Morris

A biography of Clare Booth Luce (1903 - 1987) who had been a member of the House of Representatives (R-CT) and Ambassador to Italy and Brazil, very active in American military affairs throughout the world and ferocious anti-communist most of her public life.

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Just started "Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW" by James Rowe. The Vietnam War isn't one of my regular interests, but I've heard nothing but great reviews about this book and am looking forward to reading it.

 

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Doc, A Combat Medic's Story.

Written by a local guy about his experiences as a medic in VN....a gift from a coworker that lives next door to the author. I'm amazed how much detail this guy remembers about so many things....really gripping and remeniscent...

 

 

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RIP My Stinky Faced Jumbo, the sweetest, most loving giant dog he touched the heart and life of everyone he came in contact with. He is a joyful spirit and I miss him greatly

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RIP My Dog Dog Jane, the Best Dog EVER. She was perfect in every way. Her spirit is with us every day. April 2019

I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.

GEN George S Patton, Jr.

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"Masters of the Air" By Donald L.Miller... fun read so far, I'm always excited when I sit down to read it. Hopefully the miseries comes out soon, I heard it moved to Apple TV.

 

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I am an amateur collector of US military items of the 20th century.

 

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-The Aleutian Island Campaign of WW2, Alaskan Theater, Alaska Defense Command, and more specifically the Battle of Attu

-Items related to the 50th Combat Engineer Regiment/Battalion

-Items related to Wheelus Air Force Base Libya, particularly from 1957-1960

-WW2 items belonging to service members from Northern Virginia

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-Cheap/Throwaway WW2 named uniforms

-Smaller WW2 Groupings

-7th Infantry Division Items

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My amazing wife, without asking or telling, had the following very important reference book sent to me.

"The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen"
By: Simon Wolf
1895
The Levytype Company, publishers
576 pages

I had read of the existence of this book in other ones having to do with Jews serving during the Civil War, but never imagined I'd ever see, or own, a copy.

Essentially, the great majority of the book consists of alphabetical listings, muster rolls in effect, of Jews who have served in uniform with and for America, by first and last name, rank, company and regiment from the Continental Army, Regular Army and Navy, War of 1812, Mexican War, Union and Confederate Army and Navy, and some in the Armies of Europe up through the late 19th century.

Also included are a number of narrative letters, orders, articles and essays relevant to the topic and periods.

Extraordinary and rare to find in most private libraries. This copy had been held by the University of Southern California until deaccessioned.





 

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Excellent eye-witness account of the Allied invasion of fortress Europe in WWII, "Eclipse" by: Alan Moorehead who was a correspondent embedded with the military from Sicily on through entry into Germany. One of sixteen such accounts he became well known for.

HONORING FAMILY LtCol Wm Russell (1679-1757) VA Mil; Pvt Zachariah McKay (1714-97) Frederick VA Mil; BrigGen Evan Shelby, Jr (1719-94) VA Mil; Pvt Vincent Hobbs (1722-1808) Wythe VA Mil; Pvt Hugh Alexander (1724-77); Lt John R. Litton (1726-1804); Bvt BrigGen/Col Wm W. Russell (1735-93) 5th VA Rgmt; Lt James Scott (1736-1817); Capt John Murray, Sr (1747-1833); Capt John Sehorn, Sr (1748-1831) VA Mil; Pvt Corbin Lane (1750-1816) Franklin/TN Mil; Cpl Jesse D. Reynolds (1750-1836) 5th VA Rgmt; Capt. Solomon C. Litton (1751-1844); 1Lt Christopher Casey (1754-1840) SC Mil; Pvt Mark Adams (1755-1828); Pvt Randolph White (1755-1831) Bailey's Co. VA Rgmt; Capt. John R. Russell (1758-1838); Pvt Joseph T. Cooley (1767-1826) Fort Hempstead Mil; Pvt Thomas Barron (1776-1863) 1812; Capt. John Baumgardner (1787-1853) VA Mil; Pvt Joel Estep (1828-1864) Co B 5th KY Inf CSA & US; Pvt George B. Bell (1833-1910) Co C 47th IL Inf US; Cpl Daniel H. Barron (1838-1910) Co B 19th TN Rgmt Inf CSA; Capt Richard K. Kaufman (1908-1946) 7th PRG/3rd AF CCU; T-5 Vernon L. Bell (1926-95) 1802nd Spec Rgmt; PO2 Murray J. Heichman (1932-2019) HQSB/MCRD; PFC Jess Long (1934-2017) US Army; PFC Donald W. Johnson (1931-) 43rd ID HQ; A1C Keith W. Bell (1931-2011) 314th TCW; A3C Michael S. Bell (1946-) 3346th CMS; A1C Sam W. Lee (1954-2017) 2d BW; AW3 Keith J. Price (1975-) VP-10; 1Lt Matthew Wm Bell (1985-) 82nd Abn/SOC








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I just finished Eugene B. Sledge's China Marine.  Most will be familiar with Sledge's famous With The Old Breed, his account of service with the First Marine Division at Peleliu and Okinawa that is widely regarded as one of the best personal accounts of WW2 combat.  His company sustained extremely high casualties which in later years caused Sledge to wonder how he had escaped without a scratch when so many others had been killed or grievously wounded.

 

China Marine is his story of what happened to him and the others in the First Marine Division at the end of the War.  Rather than an immediate return to the USA, or even occupation duty in Japan, the Division was sent to Northern China to accept the surrender and demobilization of the large number of Japanese troops there.  A collateral mission was to try to keep a lid on the ongoing Chinese civil war that Chiang Kai Shek and the Nationalists were in the process of losing to Mao and the Communists.  

 

Sledge writes movingly of his experiences when assigned to Peiping and how his young eyes were opened to an exotic and ancient civilization undergoing huge change.  It was dangerous duty as the Communists had no use for another foreign army in China and took actions designed to oust all foreigners, and particularly Americans, from China.  Sledge writes bitterly of his anger to the rear echelon types who seemed to have gotten earlier priority to return home while combat veterans were still waiting for orders and risking their lives in a conflict that had little meaning to them.  When he finally gets home in 1946 his alienation from civilians is palpable and troubled him until he found his purpose in pursuing an advanced education and new career.

 

For those who want to know 'the rest of the story' about Sledge, the First Division and how the end of the War came to them and their eventual return home, this small volume tells the story well. It is not a personal account of fierce combat as was The Old Breed.  Nonetheless, readers will find it a useful addition to the huge body of books on the Pacific War.  Recommended.

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