Forgotten Heroes of World War II: Personal Accounts of Ordinary Soldiers-Land, Sea, and Air

Forgotten Heroes of World War II: Personal Accounts of Ordinary Soldiers-Land, Sea, and Air

by Thomas E. Simmons

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ISBN-13: 9781589799639
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 11/06/2014
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Thomas E. Simmons is the author of The Brown Condor, Escape from Archangel, and The Man Called Brown Condor. He has served as commercial captain of a seventy-foot sailing vessel, been a pilot since the age of sixteen, flown professionally, and participated in air shows flying aerobatics in open-cockpit bi-planes. In 1960 he served as an artillery officer in Korea. He lives in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Author's Note xiii

1 No Breakfast for the Chief Bruce Creekmur 1

2 A Bizarre Tale of April Fools Edward Hawkins Anderson 11

3 Other Than That, Lieutenant, How Was the Flight? Milton Tally Evans 33

4 No Honors, No Parades Oswald M. "Jac" Smith 49

5 No Foxholes in the Sky Fred Randolf Koval 65

6 An Artilleryman's Short, Happy Flight Ferd Moyse 91

7 The Amphib Sailor Oscar L. Russell 107

8 Just Another Milk Run? Mike Kelly 147

9 Present and Accounted For! Harry Bell 163

10 The Last Blitzkrieg Knox White 177

11 Calhoun 88, Where Are You? Amos S. Pollard 191

12 Grows the Sea into Sliding Mountains Owen T. Palmer Jr. 203

13 Islands E. D. "Dee" Hamilton Joseph H. Irby 215

14 The Diary of Tarao Kawaguchi 259

15 A Long Way to Okinawa Jeremiah J. O'Keefe 269

16 The Home Front 299

Epilogue 309

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JeanieL1 More than 1 year ago
Being prior service and the daughter of an honored Air Force Tech Sgt., I am always drawn to testimonials of service men/women. I cannot recall ever reading such a varied compilation of true stories as found in Forgotten Heroes of World War II Personal Accounts of Ordinary Soldiers Land, Sea and Air by Thomas E. Simmons. I knew nothing of the heroics of the glider pilots nor the Merchant Marine men. And although both sides of my family fought in the war, none would ever willingly speak of the atrocities/horrors of living it. I learned what I did by eavesdropping or actually being able to stay in the house while adults were speaking. Reading this book put some of the pieces together. My father fought in the England and in Philippines, so the stories of both theaters touched my heart deeply. Now I know why he had such horrendous nightmares (what we today call PTSD) and why my mother (who was born and raised in Germany) could not bear to watch war movies.  I think this book should be required reading for all students from Middle to High School since it tells the truth through the eyes of those who lived it. I highly recommend this for all. I hope it get published in every language there is. —CJ Loiacono