Delayed Legacy: A Son's Amazing Search for the Full Story of His Father's Death after D-Day

Overview

When the infant Conrad Netting received his late father's Air Medal in a military ceremony in February 1945, it seemed to close the book on yet another tragedy of World War II. But what appeared to be closure was only a pause. Katherine Netting became part of the "silent generation," speaking little of the deep anguish left by her husband's death when his fighter plane crashed in Normandy four days after D-Day. Married the year before, Lt. Conrad John Netting III so hoped the baby due in a month would be a boy ...

See more details below
Hardcover
$19.82
BN.com price
(Save 20%)$24.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (11) from $10.41   
  • New (1) from $0.00   
  • Used (10) from $10.41   
Sending request ...

Overview

When the infant Conrad Netting received his late father's Air Medal in a military ceremony in February 1945, it seemed to close the book on yet another tragedy of World War II. But what appeared to be closure was only a pause. Katherine Netting became part of the "silent generation," speaking little of the deep anguish left by her husband's death when his fighter plane crashed in Normandy four days after D-Day. Married the year before, Lt. Conrad John Netting III so hoped the baby due in a month would be a boy that he had Conjon IV painted near the nose of his P-51. Conrad John Netting IV grew up in San Antonio with limited knowledge of his father's military service. But after his mother died in 1993, a footlocker turned up, carefully packed with wartime records and mementos that provided her son with almost as many questions as answers. He had pieced much of the story together by the time a large envelope arrived from France. The sender hoped that Conrad might be related to a Lieutenant Netting whose strafing saved the writer's village. A memorial was planned, but villagers knew little of the pilot. Details of what they did know were enclosed. An exchange of phone calls and e-mails quickly followed. Lieutenant Netting's plane had crashed after strafing a convoy of enemy trucks. The letter writer's father was the son of the village carpenter, who had pulled the pilot's body from the plane and built his coffin against the strict orders of the German Army. The parish priest conducted a secret funeral. There was more. "The Son of the Pilot and the Son of the Woodworker," read the headline in one French newspaper covering the dedication of the memorial in Saint-Michel-des-Andaines in 2002 and the gathering of the two families "in memory of the courage of their fathers." Readers were assured in the lead sentence: "This is not a fable, but a true story." Delayed Legacy is part love story, part wartime thriller, part coming-of-age struggle. The book is also a compelling real-life reminder that the human story is not over when a war ends

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

San Antonio Express-News
Delayed Legacy is much more than a mere family story. It is a tale that that will tug at many heartstrings, especialy those belonging to families that know the pain of separation by war.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893271371
  • Publisher: Maverick Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 482,275
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Conrad John Netting IV, born one month after his pilot father's death shortly after the D-Day invasion, heads his own certified public accounting firm in San Antonio. He and his wife, Pauleen, have three children and two grandchildren.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)