My Father's War: Memories from Our Honored WWII Soldiers

My Father's War: Memories from Our Honored WWII Soldiers

by Charley Valera


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My Father's War: Memories from Our Honored WWII Soldiers by Charley Valera

We all know someone who was there, in World War II—probably a close relative, such as a father, brother, uncle, or grandparent. Most of us have hardly heard their stories about their young war years. We may have been afraid to ask about their stories, and they may assume we don’t want to know. But this was such an important life-changer, with certain death and torture on the line every day—waking up every morning for days and years without their families close by, constant battles going on, and amazing destruction. It was for us they fought, so we should know their stories.

In this stirring collection of first-person narratives by WWII veterans, Charley Valera opens readers’ eyes to the story of how young, ordinary people from modest backgrounds became incredible soldiers, fighting a nasty, close battle that ranged from dropping bombs on barely visible targets to hand-to-hand combat—even fistfights. Perhaps some of the stories aren’t exactly how events transpired, but they do capture exactly how each person remembers them.

Many of these veterans are now ninety to ninety-six years old. Charley Valera honors them by chronicling their amazing, heroic war efforts before they are gone and it’s too late. We should all salute these brave men and be sincerely grateful for the sacrifices they made for our country and for each one of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532009525
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2016
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 554,824
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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My Father's War: Memories from Our Honored WWII Soldiers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Father's War: A great book by Charley Valera. It has stories about ten different soldiers in World War II, with an 'honorable mention' of several others. The stories not only cover wartime experiences but also include the soldier's prewar background and what happened to them after the war. It is interesting to hear their stores in pretty much their own words, shared with the author in personal interviews. A great read that gives you a real look into the hearts of those that risked their lives to save our way of life. I highly recommend this book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite My Father's War: Memories from Our Honored WWII Soldiers by Charley Valera is a compelling book that brilliantly captures the grim reality of World War II, exploring the lives of soldiers in combat, heroes who risked their lives in a war that some of them didn’t even validate. In these pages, readers are intimately treated to the perils of war, the acts of courage and bravery, the uncertainty of the whole experience, and the fears that occasionally stole the hearts of the warriors. From dropping bombs to close range fighting to rifles, the reader is immersed in a world of intense action and occasional moments of ease. In clear and compelling narrative, Charley Valera revisits memories of the war, bringing to readers the experiences of many soldiers and allowing readers to see how these soldiers saw the war. Meet compelling characters and heroes like Captain Vincent “Bill” Purple, Corporal Fernand E. Frechette, Private George J. Pelletier, and many others. The prose is excellent and it is spiced with thoughtful and philosophical utterances that allow the reader to look at life differently. I enjoyed the powerful images that come across in the writing, the emotionally charged descriptions, and the thought-provoking passages. In the introduction, the author makes a powerful allegory of life when he compares it to a hallway. “We’ve all opened doors we wished we hadn’t; some we can’t seem to close fast enough. But like secrets, once you cross through them, they are forever a piece of you — like it or not.” My Father's War: Memories from Our Honored WWII Soldiers is a book that celebrates soldiers and the sacrifices they made; it is entertaining and utterly gripping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written! Such an amazing story of our nations heroes. A must read!
DaveBflyer More than 1 year ago
There is a reason that others have called them “The Greatest Generation”. But beyond the well-known stories of valor, bravery, courage and sacrifice, who would take the time to think that many walk among us, perhaps live within a stone’s throw, or even closer. Charley Valera reminds us that heroes of WWII are well within our reach and sight, in nearby homes, churches and senior centers. Within only a few miles of his community, he discovered and interviewed veterans who placed country above self. When the world seemed bent on tearing itself apart, they tore themselves away from family, friends and country to save that country. What is fascinating is that they all consider themselves to be “nothing special”, yet the collective accomplishment was special indeed. My Father’s War reminds us of two undeniable truths; we walk and live in freedom because of these quiet veterans, and they live right among us!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book! Great to hear the tales of these soldiers.
BMichaud More than 1 year ago
Charlie Valera weaves together ten fascinating stories of WWII veterans. The veterans’ sacrifices are made real by firsthand accounts that make the reader feel like he is sitting by a fireside listening to the soldiers relate their most intimate experiences of the war. These stories take the reader from foxholes in the Battle of the Bulge to naval battles in the Solomon Islands. Hailing from small towns in Massachusetts, these young men traveled the globe to help ensure our freedom during one of the most tenuous times in human history—when the whole world was at war, and the freedoms that we enjoy today hung in the balance. This book is a must read for anybody who is interested in WWII history. Even readers who are turned off by the typical “war book” will be enraptured by the heartfelt tales as told by our men in uniform.