GI Joe & Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty [NOOK Book]

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In the early morning hours of June 6, tens of thousands of boys from the shores of Maine, the rivers of Mississippi, and the lakes of Minnesota were taking a boat ride that would go down in history. With the ocean spray in their faces and hearts practically beating out of their chests, American G.I.s peers through the mist and saw the beaches of France. The Allied invasion of Hitlers Europe was on!

A skinny kid from Philly checked his rifle for...

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GI Joe & Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty

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Overview

In the early morning hours of June 6, tens of thousands of boys from the shores of Maine, the rivers of Mississippi, and the lakes of Minnesota were taking a boat ride that would go down in history. With the ocean spray in their faces and hearts practically beating out of their chests, American G.I.s peers through the mist and saw the beaches of France. The Allied invasion of Hitlers Europe was on!

A skinny kid from Philly checked his rifle for the umpteenth time and swallowed hard. A strip of beach codenamed Utah lay just ahead....

The 1944 D-Day landings preserved freedom all over the world and affected countless individual lives including G.I. Joe and his wife, Lillie.

After the war, G.I. Joe and Lillie settled into a life that included two children. Old wounds, though, never quite let G.I. Joe leave France. Nightmares and crippling injuries left him with only one true friend, but she was all he'd ever need.

Lillie embarked on a decades-long love affair, from the moment she saw that skinny boy from Philly in an army hospital. Five days of courtship and 55 years of marriage strengthened by faith saw to that. Lillie prayed daily for her husband and children in the difficult years ahead. Together, they made it all the way home.

In Lillie's America, it was sacrifice that preserved cherished freedoms, and loyalty kept families united and strong. Lillie's steadfast faith and heartfelt devotion is a lesson for our time.

This story of patriotism, bravery abroad and at home, and most of all, deep commitment, sets in a gold frame the very essence of America. The story of G.I. Joe and Lillie helps us all remember that true love never, ever dies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614580133
  • Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 38,619
  • File size: 540 KB

Meet the Author

The public knows Joe Bonsall as a thirty-year member of the American music group, “The Oak Ridge Boys.” He is the energetic one on the end singing the high harmonies and lead vocals on such songs as Elvira, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometime, Love Song, as well as other Oaks’ standards such as Fall To Fly, My Son, and Dancin’ The Night Away. He joined the Oaks in 1973. As with the other group members, much of his time is spent on the road performing, but Joe has found his own way to get the maximum possible enjoyment out of touring.

Joe is also an avid songwriter and successful author. His critically acclaimed Molly The Cat book series (Ideal Children’s books, 1997) as well as his many published articles have established him as a talented and appreciated author. In 2003, New Leaf Press published G. I. Joe and Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty, an inspirational biography Joe penned about his parents. His song by the same name was included in the Oaks' Colors album, which was released the same year. Joe subsequently wrote the title song to The Journey album and the text for the Oaks’ coffee table book, An American Journey. New Leaf also publishes his Christmas family book, An Inconvenient Christmas.

For relaxation, Joe retreats to his farm on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line and can often be found on his John Deere tractor mowing part of his 350-acres — or sitting on his front porch and playing his banjo!

“My life is really pretty simple,” says the Oak who is the principal spokesman on stage. “I go out there and try to sing the best I can and give them physically and mentally every single thing I’ve got. When it’s done, I go back to my room, call home, eat my pizza or sushi, get on my Apple laptop, watch the sports scores and say to myself, ‘Hey, I’ve done what I’m supposed to be doin’ and I feel great about it.’”

Joe has two daughters, Jennifer and Sabrina, and two grandchildren, Breanne and Luke. He and Mary also have eight cats, Sunny, Molly, Sally Ann, Ted, Baybe', Blackie, Callie and LT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    This book is like a homemade quilt

    When it is dark and stormy, nothing is more comforting than to be cocooned in a homemade quilt. A tapestry rich in tradition and assembled with love, a kaleidoscope of patterns and colors, it is an American art form. Wrapped in its warm embrace, its fabric surrounds us and soothes our spirits. By extension, the spirit of America is a tapestry woven by the stories of its people. Each person; each man, woman and child, has a chance to mold this nation. Some become distinguished men and women and make monumental contributions to government, the arts, and business. Others become scourges of society. Most will fall somewhere in between, neither famous nor infamous. But they build lives and legacies for themselves and for the generations that follow them. They are ordinary people who sometimes do extraordinary things. They face adversity and challenges and find a way to overcome them. Their faith in God is the cornerstone of their existence. They raise their children to be honest and to reach for the stars. They are far from perfect, but they do the best they can with what they have been given. And they love each other, no matter what. They are the threads that form the fabrics that produce the patterns of our national tapestry. GI Joe and Lillie are two of those threads. They represent, even in their imperfections, all that is good and right about our country; faith, honor, strength, values, and dreams. Their story, so eloquently chronicled, mirrors many of our own narratives. The details may be different, the patterns and colors may not be the same, but the fabric of their lives, the values that brought them through the rough times, are universal to most of us. And in today's times, when it is dark and stormy, and we need to feel protected, or even just encouraged, we need only wrap ourselves tightly in the legacy they helped create. Their ¿quilt¿ will warms the heart, and yes, soothes the spirit, for it is rich in tradition and assembled with love. You will laugh and you will cry, but mostly you will be inspired and grateful for this story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    WONDERFUL BOOK

    Very touching, thought-provoking. A real story about the trials of how veterans handled their life after coming back from WWII. Their hard work & determination is an inspiration to all. Very well-written by a son who respected and loved his parents.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Touching

    One of my favorites books

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I loved this book. Only took me a day and a half to read it. It was full of history and love of family. I know Joe's parents would be proud of the way he honored them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    G.I.Joe and Lillie

    Touching and romantic love story in difficult times. The WW2 era is the setting and how lives were affected by the war. Joseph Bonsall, of the Oak Ridge Boys Country singing group, tells this true story of the love between his mother and father.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    A Story of the America That Used to Be!

    Joseph Bonsall writes lovingly of a country and family values that America used to have and have let slip away with time. I read this in one sitting, & have read it to others. Each time, I've never been ceased to be moved not only by his wonderful writing style, but of the simple love story of two individuals whose love never ceased, only grew stronger. I've purchased at least a dozen copies to give to others, and I don't see that ceasing anytime soon. Do yourself a favor, and read this book. Do others a favor, and buy them a copy. Don't loan yours out. In case you don't get it back, you'll be wanting to read it again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    Wonderful read

    It was a wonderful love story of his parents. I enjoyed every chapter.

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