Dad's War Photos: Adventures in the South Pacific

Dad's War Photos: Adventures in the South Pacific


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ISBN-13: 9781936707249
Publisher: Cypress Cove Publishing
Publication date: 11/24/2014
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 1,268,981
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Neal Bertrand was born and raised in Opelousas, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun Country. Cajun and Cooking are synonymous to those familiar with the culture, so it's no coincidence that Neal started his company, Cypress Cove Publishing, putting out cookbooks. It's also no coincidence that his moniker since 2005 has been The Cookbook Dude.

He is quick to recall that family holidays always revolved around food, no matter where he was. Whether it was barbecued steak from the cattle his family raised, or gumbo, Neal grew up with food and fun.

The cookbooks he has written and published have sold over 100,000 copies, and they are available both as print and e-book on Amazon, and through his website at

In 2009, Neal and his son Jeremy began scanning and photo-editing the war pictures of Neal's dad. Neither had ever seen the backs of the photos until then because they had been attached to the pages of three photo albums kept in a cedar chest in the hallway of Neal's childhood home.

The photos were put in the albums in no particular order. But once he figured out the timeline, Neal was able to organize them by country, month, and year. After six months of researching battalion diary entries and culling the photos, Neal was able to trace his father's steps from boot camp to war and back home and he began compiling his findings into his latest book, Dad's War Photos: Adventures in the South Pacific.

Prior to starting the war book, Neal was involved in charting his genealogy. He joined two genealogy societies and charted his ancestry back ten generations. Genealogy is one of Neal's favorite pastimes, as is starting a major creative project and watching it come to life, which he has done admirably with Dad's War Photos.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, Author's Note, Introduction, Chapter 1: A Brief History of the Bertrand Family Ancestry, Chapter 2: Life Prior to World War II, Chapter 3: Leaving Home, Chapter 4: A visit to Australia, Chapter 5: Dobodura: Their First Stop New Guinea, Chapter 6: The Invasion of Saidor, New Guinea, Chapter 7: The Battle for Biak Island and the Capture of Mokmer Airdrome, Chapter 8: The Battle of Manila and Its Reconstruction, Chapter 9: Returning Home, Chapter 10: Postwar Life, Acknowledgments, Appendix 1: World War II Airplanes and Their Erotic Nose Art, Appendix 2: South Pacific Natives in Daily Life, Glossary, About the Author

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