The Way It Was: An Oral History by Our Brave and Yound Citizen Soldiers

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The Way It Was records the oral histories, which otherwise would have been lost to time, along with more than a hundred never before released photographs documenting the sacrifices made by a generation of Americans protecting a way of life Americans all too often take for granted.

Victor, the grandson of an Italian immigrant and a nephew of four WWII veterans, is an amateur historian who is passionate about keeping the history of this noble war alive. He is often asked to speak ...

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The Way It Was records the oral histories, which otherwise would have been lost to time, along with more than a hundred never before released photographs documenting the sacrifices made by a generation of Americans protecting a way of life Americans all too often take for granted.

Victor, the grandson of an Italian immigrant and a nephew of four WWII veterans, is an amateur historian who is passionate about keeping the history of this noble war alive. He is often asked to speak on the topic and was recently invited to preview The War by Ken Burns, which was broadcast on PBS-TV.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781933725086
  • Publisher: Premium Press America
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     13
Preamble     17
Forward     19
Historical Overview     25
Maps     27
The Battle for New Guinea: Story of Samuel Cox, Jr.     29
Pearl Harbor Attack Eyewitness: Story of Mike Burbage     37
Morris Casey at the Neumagon Bridgehead & the Ruwer River Dams: Story of Morris Casey     43
The Royal Canadian Air Force Gunner & The French Underground: Story of David Noel Thompson     51
The Seahorse Army Engineer: Story of Reverend Bob Watson     57
The Flying Tiger: Story of J.M. Taylor     61
Capture of Iwo Jima: Story of Nick White and Tony Muscarella     69
The Tuskegee Airmen: Story of Dr. Linkwood Williams     73
3rd Army- Boots on the Ground: Story of Wesley Rogers and Norma Rogers     77
1940 - 1945 A German Ace: Story of Karl Leonhard     83
The Army Engineer: Story of Robert Shafer     91
The Navy Hellcat Pilot: Story of W.K. "Tag" Weldon     95
Japanese Holdouts: Tinian & The Marianas: Story of Sam Weintrob: The Reunion in Tokyo, Journal by Sam Weintraub     99
United States Army 106 Infantry Division-Battle of the Bulge: Journal by Walter J. Phelan Jr.     115
The Marshall Islands/The Marianas: Story of Tony Muscarella     123
Shot Down Over Yugoslavia: Story of Richard Heim     129
The Upside Down B 29: Story of Chester Marshall     139
The B 24 "Umbriago" Over Hungary: Story of Paul Vescovo     143
Platoon Stories: Story of Buddy Bradfield     149
The Parade: Journal by Simon "Spider" Webb     155
The Ranch: Journal by Simon "Spider" Webb     163
The Mysterious Disappearance of Sergeant Marvin Stokes, USA Army Air Force; 1944, plus "My Thoughts"     169
The B24 "Black Spy Plane": Story of Gene Johnson     173
The Douglas Dauntless (the Navy called it S.B.D.-Scout Bomber Douglas): Story of Simon "Spider" Webb     177
The Transport Navigator: Journal by Hank Brukardt     181
The Mighty Eigth Air Force: Story of Major General Lewis E Lyle     193
69th Division Drive Across Germany to the Elbe River: Story of C. Lamar Wallis     199
"Mine Sweeping to Yalta": Story of Linden Wright     205
Guadalcanal: Story of Bill Fisher     209
The Powerful B26: Story of Jim McWillie     213
The B24 Pilot and the End of the Japanese Empire: Journal by Crawford McDonald     219
13 Messerschmitt 109 Pilots Story of Joseph Kelly     233
Selected References     237
About the Author     239
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