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Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul: Stories to Stir the Pride and Honor the Courage of Our Veterans [NOOK Book]


Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul will inspire and touch any veterans and their families, and allow others to appreciate the freedom for which they fought. A compelling collection of the true-life experiences of extraordinary men and women in every branch of service, who changed the course of history by their acts of valor in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War. Their experiences offer a glimpse of timeless history, revealing moments of compassion, bravery, respect, and ...
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Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul will inspire and touch any veterans and their families, and allow others to appreciate the freedom for which they fought. A compelling collection of the true-life experiences of extraordinary men and women in every branch of service, who changed the course of history by their acts of valor in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War. Their experiences offer a glimpse of timeless history, revealing moments of compassion, bravery, respect, and reverence. With chapters including Above and Beyond, The Home Front, The Front Lines, Coming Home, Healing, Brothers in Arms, and Honoring Those Who Served, this collection relays heroic deeds, acts of compassion and empathy, fears confronted, and victories attained. This is a wonderful tribute to anyone who gave in service to their country, as well as to their families.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453280546
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 348,370
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Sidney R. Slagter is the founder and president of Veteran Stories, Inc., a corporation dedicated to recognizing and honoring veterans from all wars and all branches of service. Born into a family of veterans, he developed a passion for military history at an early age. He has appeared as a guest speaker on television and radio shows, and recently addressed the members and guests of the Medal of Honor Society in Pueblo, Colorado. 
Jack Canfield is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.
Mark Victor Hansen is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

Good To Know

Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

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Against the Odds

It was the summer of 1942. I was nineteen years old and a signalman third class on the USS Astoria stationed in the South Pacific.

One hot night in August, we found ourselves skirmishing with the Japanese for control of Guadalcanal, gearing up for the bloody battle that soon followed. At midnight, I finished my duty on watch. Still wearing my work detail uniform of dungarees and a T-shirt, and only pausing long enough to unstrap my standard-issue life belt and lay it beside me, I fell into an exhausted sleep.

Two hours later, I was awakened abruptly by the sound of an explosion. I jumped to my feet, my heart pounding. Without thinking, I grabbed my life belt and strapped it on. In the ensuing chaos, I focused on dodging the rain of enemy shells that were inflicting death and destruction all around me. I took some shrapnel in my right shoulder and leg, but by some miracle, I avoided being killed.

That first battle of Savo Island lasted for twenty minutes. After the enemy fire ceased, the men left standing helped with the wounded, while others manned the guns.

I was making my way toward a gun turret when suddenly, the deck disappeared. My legs windmilled beneath me as I realized that an explosion had blasted me off the deck. My shock was immediately replaced by a stomach-clenching fear as I fell like a stone—thirty feet into the dark, shark-infested water below.

I immediately inflated my life belt, weak with relief that I'd somehow remembered to put it on. I noticed between ten and thirty men bobbing in the water in the area, but we were too far away from each other to communicate.

I began treading water, trying to stay calm as I felt things brushing against my legs, knowing that if a shark attacked me, any moment could be my last. And the sharks weren't the only danger: The powerful current threatened to sweep me out to sea.

Four agonizing hours passed this way. It was getting light when I saw a ship—an American destroyer—approaching. The sailors on board threw me a line and hauled me aboard.

Once on the ship, my legs buckled and I slid to the deck, unable to stand. I was fed and allowed to rest briefly. Then I was transported back to the Astoria, which,
though disabled, was still afloat. The captain was attempting to beach the ship in order to make the necessary repairs.

Back on board the Astoria, I spent the next six hours preparing the dead for burial at sea. As the hours passed, it became clear our vessel was damaged beyond help.
The ship was taking on water and finally, around twelve hundred hours, the
began to roll and go under.

The last thing I wanted to do was to go into that water again, but I knew I had to.
Filled with dread, I jumped off the high side of the sinking ship and began swimming. Although I still had my life belt on, it couldn't be inflated a second time. Luckily, I was soon picked up by another destroyer and transferred to the USS Jackson.

Against all the odds, I had made it—one of the lucky men to survive the battle of Savo Island. We were issued Marine uniforms, and I spent my time, in between visits to the ship's doctors for treatment of my wounds, sitting on the deck of the Jackson, waiting for our transport to San Francisco's Treasure Island and the leave that would follow.

Though it felt odd to wear the unfamiliar uniform, I wasn't sad to lose my old dungarees and T-shirt. The one thing I found I didn't want to give up was my life belt. I hung on to the khaki cloth-covered rubber belt, studying it sometimes as I sat around on the Marine ship.

The label on the belt said it had been manufactured by Firestone Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio, which was my hometown. I decided to keep the belt as a souvenir, a reminder of how lucky I'd been.

When I finally took my thirty-day leave, I went home to my family in Ohio. After a quietly emotional welcome, I sat with my mother in our kitchen, telling her about my recent ordeal and hearing what had happened at home since I went away.
My mother informed me that "to do her part," she had taken a wartime job at the Firestone plant. Surprised, I jumped up and grabbed my life belt from my duffel bag, putting it on the table in front of her.

"Take a look at that, Mom," I said. "It was made right here in Akron at your plant."

She leaned forward and, taking the rubber belt in her hands, she read the label. She had just heard the story and knew that in the darkness of that terrible night,
it was this one piece of rubber that had saved my life. When she looked up at me, her mouth and her eyes were open wide with surprise. "Son, I'm an inspector at Firestone. This is my inspector number," she said, her voice hardly above a whisper.

We stared at each other, too stunned to speak. Then I stood up, walked around the table and pulled her up from her chair. We held each other in a tight embrace,
saying nothing. My mother was not a demonstrative woman, but the significance of this amazing coincidence overcame her usual reserve. We hugged each other for a long, long time, feeling the bond between us. My mother had put her arms halfway around the world to save me.

Elgin Staples

Elgin Staples.
All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Sidney R. Slagter. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW
15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

1 The Warrior Spirit

Freedom Village James F. Murphy Jr. 2

The Code Talkers Bruce Watson 6

That Old Man Down the Street Emerson D. Moron 11

The Postcard Rocky Bleier David Eberhart 16

The Harbinger Bill Walker 19

The Final Battle Senator Daniel Inouye 22

Wiggle Your Toes! Walter W. Scott 26

"Go, Gunfighter, Go!" General Colin L. Powell 30

2 Under Fire

Against the Odds Elgin Staples 36

The Rescue Robert E. Brooks Jr. as told to Kimberly D. Green 40

Sergeant Mills John D. Governale 44

The True Face of Humanity Thomas Lafayette Pool 48

One Hell of a Plan Ronald C. Williams 52

The Altar Boy Richard H. Kiley 57

The Vision Paul Charlillo 60

Boom Boom James R. Morgan 62

Prepare to Ditch Jack Black as told to Patricia Black 66

Christmas in Korea Larry Ebsch 70

Help from an Unexpected Source Dr. Lester F. Rentmeester 73

3 Above and Beyond

Blind and Alone over North Korea Kenneth A Schechter 78

Do Not Resuscitate Diane Carlson Evans, R.N. 85

Colonel Maggie and the Blind Veteran Susan M. Christiansen 89

The Stuff They Don't Give Medals For Tim Watts 91

The Valley Barry Vonder Mehden 94

The Mitzvah Arnold Geier 97

Nurse Penny Ernest L. Webb 101

The Four Chaplains The Chapel of Four Chaplains 104

4 On The Front Lines

My Most Memorable Christmas Gene DuVall 112

To Any Service Member Nick Hill 116

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Diana Dwan Poole 118

Hot Lips Philip Weiner 122

Lord of the Chinese Flies Akira B. Chikami 125

A Show of Strength Ivan W. Marion 129

Stalag Las Vegas Robert D. Reeves 132

The Greatest Compliment Thomas D. Phillips 136

Operation Chow Down Richard Oakley 138

Amina's Way Barbara K. Sherer as told to Sharon Linnéa 139

Morse Code Bernard Belasco 144

The Twelfth Man Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn 147

5 The Home Front

Bob "March Field" Hope Bob Hope Melville Shavelson 154

A Flag of Any Size Stacy Havlik McAnulty 157

Too Young to Understand Barbara Sue Canale 162

I Have the Coffee On Susan Grady Bristol 167

The "Super Gunner" Benedict Yedlin 171

Love Letters Sarah H. Giachino 173

The Gift of Hope Bill Livingstone 176

6 Brothers in Arms

A Joyful Noise Everett Alvarez Jr. 181

More Than Brothers William C. Newton as told to Bill Newton Jr 186

The Watch Bill Walker 190

Honor Bound Jack Moskowitz 194

Combat Boots Watts Caudill 197

The Nine Days Walter F. Peters 202

Grandpa's Apple Pie Heather L. Shepherd 206

Fellow Marines Edward Andrusko 209

Ernie Pyle's Last Battle William B. Breuer 213

7 Coming Home

Luther's Lumber Joe Edwards 220

The Cabbie Robert L. Schneider 224

Back to the World Arthur B. Wiknik Jr 227

Wounded George W. Saumweber 231

Reunion on the Dock Margaret Brown Marks 235

The Most Beautiful Man in the World I. Kaufman 238

A Soldier Remembers David R. Kiernan 242

Kids from Mars Joe Kirkup 244

The Tradition Antonio Camisa 248

The Light Patricia S. Laye 253

8 Honoring Those Who Served

The Visit Tre'M. Barron 258

A Monumental Task Jan Craig Scruggs 261

A Voice in the Dark Connie Stevens 265

The Doorman Jean P. Brody 267

The Cub Scout Robert A Hall 270

The Waiting Room Michael Manley 274

Pie in the Sky Doug Sterner 280

A Daughter's Letter Rani Nicola 285

Former Enemies Reverend Peter Baldwin Panagore 289

9 Healing

The Search for "Shorts" Marta J. Sweek 294

Return to Hoa Quan Village Robert R. Anion Jr. 299

You're Never Alone on a Mission Julie Beth Kink 304

Sunglasses Stephen C. Klink 308

The Honey Man Robin Lim 310

Just Like Me Jerold S. Ewen 315

Ebony and Ivory Karen L. Waldman 319

10 Remembrance

Remembrance Day Christine Ann Maxwell-Osborn 326

Let Them in, Peter John Gorka 330

When Winter Was Warm Storm Stafford 332

Stars and Stripes from Odds and Ends John Carlson 335

Sweet-Pea Summers Susan Arnett-Hutson 338

History Paul F. Reid 340

American Eagles D. W. Jovanovic 344

Windows for Remy Frank Perkins 347

Who Is Jack Canfield? 352

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 353

Who Is Sidney R. Slagter? 354

Contributors 355

Permissions 368

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006


    As a mom of a young man in the Navy, I must say this book is so AWESOME!! You cry at every story, for the losses they suffered,and for the folks back home who worry, and you gather great respect for every man and woman in uniform. The people in this book are our grandfathers, uncles, fathers, brothers and sons, they are true hero's. Show respect today for someone you know or even those you don't know in today's military!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2001

    a MUST for every veteran

    This is a perfect gift for anyone who has served in the military. I couldn't put it down as I laughed and cried and saw myself in their shoes. I'm buying three more copies as gifts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    Amongst the fighting there is always some room for humanity.

    This book will instill a deepened admiration and respect for all of those who serve in our Armed Forces. Great stories of humanity to be read by every generation, I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2001

    Memories That Should NOT Be Forgotten

    As a veteran who did not get to go overseas, I learned more about WWII reading this 'Veterans Soul' book then from any other medium. I am 80yrs old and got chills and actually cried going from page to page reading these TRUE stories; a treasured book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    A Book That Should be in Every Classroom

    I bought this book for my grandfather's birthday and began to leaf through it. I suddenly couldn't put it down. From the very first moving story by James F. Murphy, Jr.(a story that brought tears to my eyes and I don't cry much) to the last page I was moved like I never have been by a book. I realized this is the kind of book teacher's should be having us read in history class. These former soldiers words painted pictures that Hollywood never has been able to paint on screen - humanity.

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