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Kilroy Was There: A GI's War in Photographs

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"Frank Kessler, a young accountant from Canton, Ohio, was drafted and assigned to an Army Signal Corps unit and then went away to war in Europe. In 1945, home again with his wife and children, he stored in his attic hundreds of photographs he had retrieved at the war's end. There they stayed until after his death." Lee Kessler, Frank's younger brother, sorted through boxes seeking to better understand a brother he'd never known very well. A flier who had been shot down and held in a German POW camp, Lee recognized these photos as representing
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"Frank Kessler, a young accountant from Canton, Ohio, was drafted and assigned to an Army Signal Corps unit and then went away to war in Europe. In 1945, home again with his wife and children, he stored in his attic hundreds of photographs he had retrieved at the war's end. There they stayed until after his death." Lee Kessler, Frank's younger brother, sorted through boxes seeking to better understand a brother he'd never known very well. A flier who had been shot down and held in a German POW camp, Lee recognized these photos as representing another side of war, one he had not experienced. He was moved by what he saw and realized their importance. He preserved the photos for all of us, carefully ordering them into albums and labeling them with information that Frank had written on the backs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873388078
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2004
  • Pages: 79
  • Sales rank: 506,773
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Hillerman
Novelist Tony Hillerman is a WWII combat veteran who served as a mortar gunner in the weapons platoon of C Company, 410th Infantry. He was awarded a unit citation Bronze Star, a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, a Silver Star, and a Purple Heart. Hillerman has been a journalist and a professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, 1965 to 1987. He has written a series of novels, Navajo Mysteries, which have won numerous awards. Several have been made into PBS specials.
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Frank Kessler (1915-1990) served with the 1st Army Signal Corps on the Western Front.

Biography

Tony Hillerman (1925-2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 17-mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children's books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group's Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction's Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Hometown:
      Albuquerque, New Mexico
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 27, 1925
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sacred Heart, Oklahoma
    1. Date of Death:
      October 26, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Albuquerque, New Mexico

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    This is a book to keep!

    Kilroy Was There: A GI's War in Photographs

    by Tony Hillerman. Photos by Frank Kessler

    This book is a treasure of gray scale WWII photographs from the European theater in WWII. As you will see these photos were taken by a combat photographer who was there! They remained in his attic long after he died until his brother found them. When one of my favorite writers found these treasures, he published them with his narrative based on the original captions. This is a book to keep!

    Now, if I may be allowed a little self-congratulation, note on several pages throughout the book my registered copyrighted version of the graffiti appears. I'm not pointing out the registered copyright to attempt to stop it's use but to establish authorship. I, with my own two hands (after much research) drew this version in 1997. It has been registered since 1998.

    Don't get me wrong, I have granted permission to any and everyone who asked. I am just so proud that my version of the millions has become the worldwide accepted version. Click the star for more information about the image.

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