Respect: Forgotten Heroes

Respect: Forgotten Heroes

by Bob L. Vandelinde


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The cover page of "Respect" shows three US Marines on Iwo Jima. One man is badly wounded. Hershel "Woody" Williams, a Medal of Honor holder from Iwo Jima, tells how using a flame thrower, he knocked out seven Japanese bunkers. The book has 13 chapters; 12 about World War II, and one about the Chosin Reservoir, a battle in Korea. This book is not just about combat stories; however, each veteran has shared his/her individual experiences. You will read about how their lives were interrupted by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, how they met their wives and how the G.I. Bill provided them with an education. Three US Navy veterans tell about having to abandon ship. You will learn about how the US Coast Guard on Higgins Landing Crafts, took troops into enemy held islands in the Pacific and the invasion of Normandy. gliders were used during World War II. Two Glider pilots have detailed their landing troops in the Burma Theater, Normandy, Holland and Germany. The Force, called the black devils, was a unit with special trained American and Canadian troops who were the first to enter Rome. Three men share their experiences as prisoners of war; two were prisoners for 33 months. Respect shares stories about Nurses, Chaplains and JAG Officers. Three men kept dairies. All are facinating stories about over 40 true American heroes.

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ISBN-13: 9781425181864
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 03/27/2009
Pages: 604
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Bob L. VandeLinde is a combat veteran having served with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team in Korea 1950-1951. His two combat jumps were on October 20, 1950 at Sukchon, north of the capitol city of Pyongyang; and the second was on March 23, 1951 at Munsan-Ni. He participated in the major battle at Wonju on February 14, 1951. Bob was awarded the "Paratrooper of the Half Century" in 2006 by the Blue Ridge All American 82nd Airborne Division Association. He is a graduate of Hamlin High School and Marshall University; and retired from Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, Omaha, Nebraska.
Bob met Jean Ella Vickers after he returned to West Virginia from Korea in 1951. They were married March 6, 1952. They have two sons, Terry L. VandeLinde, who lives in Roanoke, Virginia and Marvin "Marty" VandeLinde who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Bob and Jean live in Moneta, Virginia

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