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Looking for NX14771: A Story of War, Heroism and Closure

Looking for NX14771: A Story of War, Heroism and Closure

by Ian Heard


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In the little boy’s heart, happy as he was, there remained a vague ache.

How can you miss something, someone, you never knew? But he had the dog-tag. That would do. That brought him close. He took to wearing it in early teensand tried to engrave his own name on its reverse side using the sharp point of a drawing compass, perhaps somehow to join himself with the missing owner. I can see those marks as I hold it in my hand today

With scant information after the passage of many years, it’s a tall order to ‘find’ the father who died in World War 2, never knowing his son; unlessa Guiding Hand should assist the searching son, by bringing that father (a decorated war hero) to ‘life’. Here, in Ian Heard’s search, a ripping yarn becomes a gripping yarnand, an extraordinary, and true adventure of discovery.

A story told to hundreds in service clubs, churches, and at an ANZAC Day commemoration, this is that story now in print, to inspire those who’ve lost family in war or who wonder where to start in their own journey of dicovery. A modern parable of war, heroismand closure.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648825951
Publisher: Initiate Media Pty Ltd
Publication date: 06/04/2020
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.15(d)

About the Author

Ian, an Australian, loves sailing, writing, preaching and good food, wine and company. He has been blessed to minister widely, has been an ordained denominational pastor and a successful businessman-who has recently celebrated 55 years of marriage to Yvonne! Ian's website which includes information about his other books, is at

Table of Contents

Earliest 1

Alone-ness and a dog-tag 8

A while 10

Time 13

Bomana 15

The Military Medal and The Men who saved Australia 20

The Diaries! 24

The Other Enemy! 32

“...Who’s calling?” 35

Max Barrington 38

Norman makes a hit! 42

A Parable 44

Norman arrives ‘Home’ 50

Military Medal Description 55

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