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"Kathleen Broome Williams' The Measure of a Man is family history, personal memoir, and exposition on the ethos of the World War II Marine Corps, all by an accomplished historian searching to discover the essence of the father she never met. The result is a loving, touching, and sometimes critical portrait of Major R. G. B. Broome, USMCR (Navy Cross), who in January 1945 died of wounds sustained on Saipan in July 1944, and the impact of his death on those he left behind."
--Timothy K. Nenninger, former president of the Society for Military History
"Professor Williams' nuanced reconstruction of her father's service in the Marine Corps stands as a testament to a daughter's decade-long quest to understand a man who died while she was an infant. Based on the voluminous correspondence between her parents, thorough archival research, interviews with his comrades in arms, and visits to the sites of his life, this evocative study provides unique insights into the Marine Corps' officer personnel system, the functioning of a battalion, and unit-level operations on Saipan, where Broome received his fatal wounds."
--James C. Bradford, Class of 1957 Distinguished Professor of Naval Heritage at the U.S. Naval Academ
"An incredibly moving story of one man's patriotism and desire to fight and die for his country. Williams is able to bring the story of her father's service in World War II alive with the combination of the heartfelt grief of a daughter, tempered with the clear eye of a professional historian. A magnificent achievement."
--Richard L. DiNardo, USMC Command and Staff College, Quantico
"In this eloquent, compelling book, at once history and memorial, Kathleen Broome Williams pays the tributes of a clear-eyed scholar and a loving daughter to an American, a Marine, and above all to the father she never knew."
--Dennis Showalter, professor of history at Colorado College, author of Hitler's Panzers