Thirty-six men from Sterling and surrounding Logan County in rural northeastern Colorado shared their very personal experiences in video-recorded interviews conducted by Dr. John Elliff, a Sterling ophthalmologist now retired, beginning in 2000. Dr. Elliff's project spanned more than 10 years.
Dr. Elliff engaged veteran journalist and author Denny Dressman to edit transcripts of the interviews and produce a remarkable history of the period that touched the lives of all Americans.
The collection of veteransall from “the land of the endless horizon,” as Dressman describes Sterling and Logan Countyrepresent a remarkable microcosm of America during the war years of the early 1940s. “As It Was LivedIn Their Own Words” aptly describes this book of World War II experiences.
Some were in the Army, some in the Navy; others flew for the Air Corps, and some were Marines. They served in the European Theater, all across the Pacific, and even in the Aleutians. Some landed on Omaha Beach on the Normandy coast, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, or took part in the bloody invasion of Okinawa.
Some became prisoners of warenduring deplorable conditions; one survived Pearl Harbor aboard the battleship Tennessee, anchored just in front of the USS Arizona, which took a direct hit and sank, killing 1,177 helpless sailors.
One man was a code-breaker; another was in the first unit to liberate the Dachau concentration camp; still another transmitted half of President Roosevelt's last message to Japanese Emperor Hirohito just before the Pearl Harbor attack.
One was a bonafide Flying Ace. Another discovered that a physician who treated his sinus infection in Sterling30 years laterprovided the life-saving emergency treatment he received in a field hospital in Holland in 1944. Still another came to America as Italian soldier captured in North Africa, and became a U.S. citizen and 65-year resident of northeastern Colorado.
Poignant. Harrowing. Humorous. Remarkable. Each Sterling Hero's story is unique, yet altogether they are representative of America's wartime service experience from small towns to big cities, coast-to-coast. STERLING HEROES chronicles a period in America's history that citizens of all ages today need to know and appreciate.
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About the Author
DENNY DRESSMAN is the author of five books and the editor of four others, and has collaborated on an award-winning movie script based on his biography of iconic Grambling foootball coach Eddie Robinson, which was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for biography inn 2010. In a 43-year newspaper career in Cincinnati, Louisville (KY), Oakland (CA) and Denver, he was an award-winning reporter and columnist; held the positions of city editor, executive sports editor, managing editor and editor; and for 10 years at the Rocky Mountain News was vice president labor/human resources. He is a member of the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame, and a past president of the Colorado Press Association. He teaches writing in the University of Denver's University College Enrichment Program, and is vice president/programs for the Colorado Authors' League.