Just Doing My Job: Stories of Service from World War II [NOOK Book]

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Preserving the personal histories of civilians and soldiers who united to defend America during the Second World War, this unique oral history tells the stories of ordinary citizens who left jobs and families behind to contribute to the war effort.

Chronicling the sacrifices made by otherwise average people, this keepsake features profiles of and interviews with the men and women who responded to the call to action by putting their lives on ...

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Just Doing My Job: Stories of Service from World War II

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Overview

Preserving the personal histories of civilians and soldiers who united to defend America during the Second World War, this unique oral history tells the stories of ordinary citizens who left jobs and families behind to contribute to the war effort.

Chronicling the sacrifices made by otherwise average people, this keepsake features profiles of and interviews with the men and women who responded to the call to action by putting their lives on hold to fight for their country at home and abroad.

From soldiers and spies to factory workers and nurses, the heroes profiled in this history include Dick Hamada, a Japanese American who became a spy for the Office of Strategic Services; Edith McClure, an Army nurse stationed in England; Bobby Hite, one of the famed Doolittle Raiders, who was captured by the Japanese and endured years of torture and solitary confinement; and pilot Bob Hoover, who was shot down over enemy territory and imprisoned but managed to escape by stealing a German plane.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this revealing oral history, Hoppes gathers personal accounts of ordinary citizens who contributed to the 1940s war effort . . . Their significant sacrifices and vivid memory make for engrossing narratives of perseverance and faith."  —

Publishers Weekly

"Doolittle Hoppes has assembled a collection of first-person narratives representing the many faces of The War, each more compelling than the last."  —

Author Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595808998
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 829,961
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Jonna Doolittle Hoppes grew up an Air Force brat and developed a passion for preserving military and aviation history. The granddaughter of General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, she has written two books: Calculated Risk, a biography/memoir about her grandparents, and Just Doing My Job, a collection of 19 stories from World War II. Her lecture series keeps her busy touring the United States and Europe. Jonna works for the Department of Defense at Los Angeles Air Force Base. She has appeared on numerous television programs including the History Channel’s Man, Moment, Machine and a special documentary on Jake DeShazer. She lives in Newport Beach, California.

General Arthur J. Lichte, USAF, is the current Commander, Air Mobility Command, based in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Arthur J. Lichte 10

Introduction 13

Navy Corpsman in Pearl Harbor Jack Hammett 16

Marine Aboard the USS Nevada Elmer "Dick" D. Troxcil 28

Doolittle Raider and Japanese POW Robert "Bobby" L. Hite 40

Escape from Nazi Terror Rose Beal 62

Naval Battle of Guadalcanal Robert "Bob" Coates 78

English War Bride Billie Reeg 98

Escape through the French Underground Wes Coss 110

(By Cindy Johnson Woods) Classified 4-F Robert "Bob" Johnson 142

Rosie the Riveter Bonnie (Williamson) Gwaltney 160

Battle of the Bulge David W. Lester 172

Army Nurse in England Edith (Sairs) McClure 196

Escape from Stalag Luft I Robert "Bob" A. Hoover 204

USO Actress in the Mediterranean Theater Carmelita Pope 222

Women Air Service Pilots (WASP) Violet "Vi" Cowden 244

Tuskegee Airman Claude C. Davis 260

Shot Down over Sicily Thomas "Tom" C. Griffin 274

One of Patton's Men Max Fullmer 292

Japanese-American Soldier for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Dick Hamada 308

Shell Shock Nick Moramarco 328

Bibliography 338

Index 340

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    very good

    This book is an excellent collection of people's experiences with and during the second world war. It reads well, reflects the storyteller's background and gives their story a true authentic realism.

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