WW II Duty, Honor, Country: The Memories of Those Who Were There

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DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY
The eighty-four men and women who tell their stories exemplify these words. From the home front to the battlefront and from behind the lines, their words speak of loss, pain, fear, loneliness, selflessness, faith and hope. As one veteran said, “World War II caused me to understand that I served my country for a purpose greater than myself.”

Many of these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines served in nearly every major ...

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DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY
The eighty-four men and women who tell their stories exemplify these words. From the home front to the battlefront and from behind the lines, their words speak of loss, pain, fear, loneliness, selflessness, faith and hope. As one veteran said, “World War II caused me to understand that I served my country for a purpose greater than myself.”

Many of these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines served in nearly every major battle in Europe and the Pacific including: Pearl Harbor, the invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Their sacrifice for our country is a debt which cannot be repaid. They represent the best of “The Greatest Generation.”

"This book is a fitting tribute to those Hoosiers who gave their all for the cause of freedom during World War II. The personal stories of those who served offer a window into a time that should be remembered."
-Ray Boomhower, Indiana historian and author

“Hodgin and Hardwick have produced an interesting and informative compendium of World War II stories of veterans that should instill a sense of pride in students and adults of all ages. The book has a readable style of a period in our history that we would do well not to forget.”
John Shively, M.D., Author and WW II historian

“A must read for both historians and those desiring to learn more about one of the most decisive periods in our nation’s history. The authors have not only captured the veterans’ stories but also the sights and sounds of what many were thinking when facing death, hardships and struggling to survive.”
J. Stewart Goodwin, Brig. Gen., USAF (Ret), Executive Director, Indiana War Memorials

“This book is an absorbing collection of stories from the men and women of the “Greatest Generation.” Their stories illustrate some of the pain and incredible atrocities they witnessed, and at the same time, the friendships and joys they experienced. A must read for every person who wants to know what it was really like during WW II.”
Charles “Tom” Applegate, Director, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs

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  • ISBN-13: 9781475966596
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 12/28/2012
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 942,669
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Hardwick and Hodgin have done a marvelous job with this highly r

    Hardwick and Hodgin have done a marvelous job with this highly readable compendium of compelling stories. 
    Their use of an open ended interview format allows for  each participant's memories to be shared in his/her own
    words.  The design of the book which is interspersed with brief historical sketches of the many leaders on all
    sides of the war gives context for the amazing stories told by these surviving heroes.
    I highly recommend WWII Duty, Honor, Country to history students young and old, as well as family members of 
    those who served.
    Janet M

       

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    This book does an amazing job of capturing the stories of our ¿g

    This book does an amazing job of capturing the stories of our ‘greatest generation.’  I love how the authors shared the recollections of the veterans using their own words as it made the history come to life.  Many thanks for allowing these important memoirs to be shared with generations to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Grandpa

    My grandpa fought in ww 2 he is happiley living with my grandma.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    HISTORY IS PRESERVED THROUGH PERSONAL STORIES AND PICTURES:  Ste

    HISTORY IS PRESERVED THROUGH PERSONAL STORIES AND PICTURES:  Steve Hardwick and Duane Hodgin interviewed, contacted and/or taped these 84 WW II heroes with the skill and devotion of true educators.  Steve's elementary school teaching experiences combined with Duane's secondary school interactions provide the right stuff that makes this book enjoyable and readable for all.  As a former superintendent of schools I believe this collections of stories will make a wonderful supplement to any curriculum.  Bravo to these two men and for the students who encouraged and assisted in this effort to capture WWII history from those who served our country.  Dr. Mike Copper

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    This WWII book is a compilation of stories that needed to be tol

    This WWII book is a compilation of stories that needed to be told as our aging WW II veterans are leaving us too quickly.
    Their stories in their own words puts the everyday activities during WW II into a better perspective than just facts in the text books.
    We need more books like this one. Thanks Steve and Duane. As a history teacher for 40 yrs., I wish this book had been available when I 
    was teaching.
    Rick Reeves, retired history teacher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Authors and educators Hodgin and Hardwick have recorded the stor

    Authors and educators Hodgin and Hardwick have recorded the stories of 84 men and women who lived through the experience of WWII; engaged on the front lines of combat and support. Read this wonderful book and understand the life-changing events of WWII. 




    This book also sets the stage for understanding the people and events leading up to the war. The information is presented in a bold, compelling and approachable way. You’ll better understand the challenge faced by the courageous people who fought against the forces of evil and world domination. Your life will be enriched by learning, from personal perspectives, what this generation did for us and our country. Their actions turned the destiny of the world toward liberty. 




    These stories of the men and women who served in WWII are precious threads in the vivid tapestry we call America. It’s a book to cherish. Buy one for yourself and for those you care about. Their lives will be better for it. 

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    We read this book and thoroughly enjoyed the memories shared by

    We read this book and thoroughly enjoyed the memories shared by these veterans. It gives you a true appreciation for what all these men and women went through. Thank you to all the veterans and to the authors of this book for recording their stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    I really enjoyed reading this book. The history combined with th

    I really enjoyed reading this book. The history combined with the personal stories of the veterans is what really sets this book apart. This book honors the experiences of the veterans.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It stands up very well with ot

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It stands up very well with other first person historical accounts of WWII. Well written, entertaining, factually correct, brought to life by those very servicemen who were there. The idea behind this book was inspired, and generations will now learn how this war effected servicemen, families, industry, everyone. It gives great perspective on so much. I'm confident I'll reread this in the future.

    Rick Niersbach

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    This book was awesome! Once I started reading I found it very to

    This book was awesome! Once I started reading I found it very to difficult to put down. The personal stories of
    the veterans brought WW II to life. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices that were made by this great generation
    of men and women. I highly recommend this book for all students and adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Best compilation of WWII veteran stories I have see in one place

    Best compilation of WWII veteran stories I have see in one place. The authors even found a twin who survived genetics experiments at Auschwitz. The book is appropriate for young readers with great pictures too! Highly recommended.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Great book! The over 200 pictures were amazing. Easy read. This

    Great book! The over 200 pictures were amazing. Easy read. This book is a treasured historical and personal account by those who served in WW II. 

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    This book is written in a fashion that replays the actual accoun

    This book is written in a fashion that replays the actual accounts of these veterans in within the context of the war itself.  My grandfather served in WW2, but he never talked about it.  I think this book gave me a much better feel for what he might have been going through than the typical historical.  I enjoyed this book. narrative.

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    This is a great book - it was so interesting to read all these m

    This is a great book - it was so interesting to read all these mens memories and how they fought for our country and its independence. This book should be in every classroom so future generations will know how this war was really fought.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    Duane Hodgin, and Steve Hardwick have created a historical book

    Duane Hodgin, and Steve Hardwick have created a historical book that will be a favorite for many regional high schools and
    colleges studying World War II and it's impact on our many veterans and their families. It was hard to put it down. We are excited about
    a book signing in the future.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    Recently received a letter from a retired Brigadier General who

    Recently received a letter from a retired Brigadier General who was sent the book by one of his former men. It read in part.............'I just received the fantastic book you sent to meabout WW II. You told me it was coming out, but i neverexpected that it would be such a massive, truly imptessive and innovative volume.One of the co-authors, Steve is a gifted historian. I am deeply grateful to have the book and look forward to showing it to the many visitorsthat we have in our home.



    Sincerely, Al F. Irzyk, West Palm Beach, Florida

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    A very personal history of WWII. The men and women who served du

    A very personal history of WWII. The men and women who served during the war relate their experiences. History comes alive. A book for all ages. The book makes one more fully apprecate the great sacrifices made by those in the military and on the home front during the war.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    A moving oral history told through the stories of the men and wo

    A moving oral history told through the stories of the men and women who served during World War II.  The authors have preserved these memories for future generations to learn about and understand the events that shaped the modern world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Duane Hodgin and Steve Hardwick give an honorable tribute to our

    Duane Hodgin and Steve Hardwick give an honorable tribute to our WWII Veterans from Indiana who served with valor and glory.
    I am grateful to have my father, Averitte W. Corley, included in this treasured keepsake of preserved memories. My father is a Congressional Gold Medal recipient as being one of the original Montford Point Marines, the first Black United States Marines to serve in WWII between 1942-1949. The book is a wonderful feature of our WWII Veterans' highlights and history. I am delighted to have this publication and I appreciate the efforts of Mr. Hodgin and Mr. Hardwick to extend this person tribute to all involved. A very proud and great read!

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    Posted May 10, 2013

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