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I found this page yesterday listing several books written by veteran's who have been POW's of Japan.

 

Most of them offer autographed copies!

 

http://www.west-point.org/family/adbc/book...files/membk.htm

 

"The Alamo of the Pacific"

by Otis H. King, 4th Marines, 3rd Btn.

 

"An Angel on my Shoulder"

by Geoff Monument

 

"Barbed Wire and Rice: Poems from Japanese Prison Camp"

Collected by B.D. McKendree

 

"Bataan Diary-1940-1945"

by James L. Rand

 

"Bataan: A Survivor's Memoir"

by James "Hank" Cowan

 

"The Emperor's Angry Guest"

by Ralph M. Knox

 

The Boys of Montana

by Jim (Bud) Kerns, 4th Marines, 2nd Btn.

 

"Forty Months in Hell"

by Pat Hitchcock, 4th Marines, Hdq Btn.

 

"I'm One of the Lucky Ones, I Came Home Alive"

by Raymond C. Heimbuch, Hq & HQ Sqdn, 5th Air Base Group

 

"I Solemnly Swear"

by Sgt. Robert Morris Brown, Survivor of the Oryoku Maru

 

"Kobe House, POW No. 13"

by Arthur J. Locke, Hq & Hq Sqdn, FEASC

 

"Late Summer of 1941 and My War with Japan"

by Weldon Hamilton, U.S. Air Force

 

"MIKADO no KYAKU"

by Donald Versaw, 4th Marines, 2nd Btn, 4th Marine Band

 

"My Hitch in Hell : The Bataan Death March"

by Lester Tenney

 

"My Japanese POW Diary Story"

by Tillman J. Rutledge, US. Army, 31st Infantry, Polar Bears

 

"No Uncle Sam: the Forgotten of Bataan"

by Anton F. Bilek, published October 2003

 

"O'Donnell, Andersonville of the Pacific"

by John E. Olson, 57th Infantry (PS)

 

"Soldier-Priest: An Adventure in Faith"

by The Rev. John J. Morrett, 88th FA Regt. (PS)

 

"Soochow and the Fourth Marines"

by William R. Evans, Deceased U.S. Army

 

"Surviving the Day"

by Frank J. Grady

 

"Triumphs and Tragedies, Corregidor and Its Aftermath"

by Arthur B. Baker

 

"Under the Samurai Sword"

by C. M. Graham, 60th CAC, Battery "G"

 

"We Remember Bataan and Corregidor"

by Mariano Villarin

 

"When Help Never Came"

by Quentin R. Sabotta, Army Air Corps; 2nd Observation Squadron

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:pdt34::pdt34:

 

Happy to give these books a plug!

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Marion

Would you add this to list.

Private-Author-Lester

Atwell-Name change story

of an 87th Inf.Regt- WW2

Jim

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87th Infantry Division

 

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AN HISTORICAL AND PICTORIAL RECORD OF THE 87th INFANTRY DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II, 1942-1945

Published in 1946.

Reprinted by the 87th Infantry Division Association, 1988.

Approx. 600 pages.

 

Published by the 87th Infantry Division Association. For ordering information visit Golden Acorn Merchandise.

 

http://www.87thinfantrydivision.com/Store/index.html

 

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COLONEL ROBERT B. COBB, U.S. ARMY RETIRED, A BIOGRAPHY

By Henry W. Mooseker, Ex S/Sgt. Co. A 347th Inf Regt.

 

Colonel Cobb's biography shows how his youth made him such a courageous man and why he was such a superb shot with his carbine. It summarizes his fighting in North Africa. He is the most decorated veteran of the 87th Infantry Division. The biography also contains notes from the men he commanded and why they thought he was the "best". It also describes his service in the Army of Occupation, Korea, Vietnam and until he retired.

 

Order From:

H.W. Mooseker

1412 Madrona Beach Road

Olympia, WA 98502

 

Price: $20 plus $3.50 mailing costs

 

 

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DIARY OF A SERVICEMAN: From the 87th to 493rd and Home

by Robert R. Hartman

 

This book shares the author's experience as a serviceman who answered the call to duty, served his country faithfully, and then returned home to continue his life with his youth sacrificed so that other youths would enjoy the benefits of freedom. It covers the period before, during and after World War II, including service with the 87th Division.

 

Order From:

Robert R. Hartman

134 Backus Drive

Alexandria, VA 41001-1002

 

Price: $24.00 (shipping included)

 

 

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F COMPANY, 347th Infantry Regiment, 1942-1945

By The Men of F Company, Compiled by Barbara Anderson Strang

Published in 1997.

233 pages, 9 maps, and over 100 photographs.

 

Unpretentiously authentic individual accounts of combat in Europe in 1944-45. Affords incomparable insights into an infantryman's life-and-death experiences.

 

 

Order From:

Golden Acorn Publishing

P.O. Box 70

McLean, VA 22101

 

List Price: $24.95. Discounted Association rate of $15.00. Include $3.00 for shipping and handling. To Europe, include $7.00 for shipping and handling.

 

 

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GOLDEN ACORN MEMORIES

By James McGhee

 

Jim chronicles life during the war as he saw it. He was with A Battery, 334th Field Artillery.

 

This title is currently out of print.

 

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THE LITTLE KNOWN FRONT: The Battle of the Bulge in the Communes of Libramont, St. Hubert and Ste. Ode

By Eric Urbain

Translated By Lane Barton, G-345

3rd printing, February 2006

300 pages, 150 photographs and maps

 

The Little Know Front is an hour-by-hour account of the action that took place between December 21, 1944 and January 14, 1945 in the communes of Libramont, St. Hubert, and Ste. Ode - a sector long neglected by writers and historians.

 

Far from giving the great leaders their customary strokes, this book wherever possible, gives priority to the testimony of the soldier and civilian who lived through the action. Included are many accounts by the Golden Acorn men and also by soldiers of the 11th Armored and the 17th Airborne Divisions. Interwoven with their personal experiences are details drawn from After Action Reports, unit journals, and historic records.

 

The view from the other side is not neglected and reflections on the fighting are presented by former members of the Panzer Lehr Division and the Fuehrer Begleit Brigade.

 

Order From:

Robert Reed

38 Bagdad Road

Durham, NH 03824

 

Price: $28.50 (includes shipping and handling)

Make check or money order payable to "The Little Known Front".

 

 

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NAKED HEART

by Harold Pagliaro

 

Relates Harold's experiences as an Army Specialized Training cadet as well as his reassignment, after the A.S.T.P. was dismantled, to the 87th and 104th Infantry Divisions.

 

Order From:

Thomas Jefferson University Press

Truman State University

100 E. Normal

Kirksville, MO 63501-4221

 

Price: $15.00 (shipping included)

 

 

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NOW COUNT YOUR MEN, HITLER! Memoirs of an Infantryman

By Milton F. Miller, M.D.

Published in 1997.

 

Dr. Miller recalls the many events in his war-time service with C Company, 347th Infantry Regiment.

 

Order From:

Dr. Milton Miller

329A Zorn Ave.

Louisville, KY 40206

 

Price: $12.95 plus $2.35 postage.

 

 

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PRIVATE

By Lester Atwell

Published in 1958; reprinted in 1997.

Lester's nephew, Michael Atwell, is responsible for the current reprint. You can reach Michael using the address and phone number below.

 

Lester Atwell tells the story of his company, G Company, 345th Infantry Regiment, from notes he took during the war. Dedicated to the 87th Infantry Division, this non-fiction novel is the single-most compelling and authentic account written about World War II. In literary quality, it compares with the famous Civil War novel "The Red Badge of Courage". The book has been widely quoted as well as anthologized.

 

Order From:

AA Publishing

314 Wayne Ave.

Lansdowne, PA 19050

(610) 259-9978

 

Price: $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

 

 

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THAT WHICH WAS ONCE A WAR: A Winter Soldier's Poems

By Sydney Kessler

Published 1995

 

Sydney Kessler's poetry reflects, in particular, his combat experience during the Ardennes campaign in the winter of 1944-1945.

 

Order From:

Charming Forge Publishing

Box 190, RD 1

Robesonia, PA 19551-9747

 

Price: $8.95 plus $2.50 shipping and handling.

 

 

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TWO FOES TO FIGHT

By R. Brownlee Welsh

Published 1998

 

Lt. Robert Welsh was a platoon leader of K Company, 347th in the Saar, a Tiger Patrol Leader in the Battle of the Bulge, a Cavalry Task Force Leader in the Siegfried Line, and an Armored Force tanker for several weeks. This book tells his story.

 

Order From:

Bob Welsh

P.O. Box 6012

Charlotte, NC 28207

(888) 295-8244

 

Price: $9.95 plus $1.25 shipping and handling

American Express, MC, and VISA accepted.

 

 

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UNLESS VICTORY COMES: Combat With a Machine Gunner in Patton's Third Army

By Gene Garrison, with Patrick Gilbert

Published 2004

266 pages

 

Gene Garrison's story is told through the eyes of the common soldier, a man who might not know the name of the town or the location of the next hill that he and his comrades must grimly wrestle from the enemy but who is willing to die in order to carry the war forward to the hated enemy. He writes of the simple pleasure derived from finding a water-filled pudde deep enough to fill his canteen from; a momentary respite in a half-destroyed barn that shields him from the bitter cold and penetrating wind of an Ardennes winter; the solace of friendship with a core of veterans whose lives hang upon his actions and whose actions might help him survive the bitter, impersonal death they all face.

 

The rich dialogue and a hard-hitting narrative style bring the reader to battlefield manhood alongside Garrison, to each moment of terror and triumph faced by a young soldier far from home in the company of strangers.

 

Available at Amazon.com.

 

 

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A MIDNIGHT CLEAR and DAD

By Albert Duaime, aka William Wharton, a former member of the 87th Division. Both books became motion pictures.

 

Available through bookstores.

 

 

World War II

 

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THE ARDENNES: THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

By Hugh Cole

684 pages, approximately $20.00

 

I believe this is the official U.S. Army history of the Ardennes campaign, and includes numerous photographs and maps.

 

 

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CITIZEN SOLDIERS

By Stephen E. Ambrose

Published in 1997

 

The U.S. Army from the Normandy beaches to The Bulge to the surrender of Germany.

 

Available through bookstores.

 

 

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NUTS! THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

By Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon, and J. Michael Wenger

Published in 1994

Available through bookstores.

 

 

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WAR AS I KNEW IT

By General George S. Patton, Jr.

Published in 1947

Available through bookstores.

 

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U.S. ARMY HANDBOOK 1939 - 1945

By George Forty

Published in 1998 by Barnes and Noble Books

220 pages, list price: 24.95

 

This is a superb reference book detailing the organization, structure, and equipment of the US Army during WWII.

 

Please note that since this volume is published by Barnes and Noble, that's probably the only place you'll find it. You can also order it online.

 

 

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:pdt34: I'll give our book another plug,--"Dogfaces Who Smiled Through Tears" Battles as seen through the eyes of the author. No. Africa and Italy. 20 bucks + postage.

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Marion

Would you add this to list.

Private-Author-Lester

Atwell-Name change story

of an 87th Inf.Regt- WW2

Jim

Hi Jim!

 

I don't believe we've met yet! Hope you are well and not too cold up there in Jersey. I am in West Virginia myself.

 

All the best to you,

Brooke

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I wasn't sure if I've mentioned this story or not. This is a book that was made into a movie that stared Kiefer Sutherland. A great movie, even though a little intense for children, etc.

 

To End All Wars by Ernest Gordon.

Gordon was a member of the Argle & Sutherland Highlanders who was captured early in the war in April 1942 and sent to a Japanese POW camp in Thailand, where they worked on the infamous "Railway of Death". The leader of the prisoners saw that the men would die unless they had hope to live. They started a school to teach and express their thoughts and ideas, which kept them alive. There was one American soldier in the camp with the British and at first he was bitter towards his captors and tried to escape. Then he saw one of his fellow soldiers show the love of Christ in this difficult circumstances and he sought to conquer hate through love. The dramatic ending depicts the difference between the ultimate sacrifice for our fellow man and the bitter end that hatred can bring.

After the war, Gordon became a Presbyterian minister and the Chaplain of Princeton University. He went back to Japan and Thailand and met one of his captors.

 

A powerful movie. And a great performance by Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Carlyle.

 

Steve

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No hasn't been mentioned yet and sounds great. Am not familiar with it, so thanks for the post! :pdt34:

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Very exciting! I am a collector of self published books by veterans. My focus is mainly Europe (ETO) but also have some on the MTO and PTO.

 

A selection of my collection can be found here www.basher82.nl/selfpublishedindex.htm

 

If anyone has some pointers where I could get other, PLEASE let me know!!! It is very much appreciated.

 

Stevin

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Stevin: Check up on a book published by Pratt Pusuits 1512 So. 23th St. Alrington, VA

written by Sherman W. Pratt. Titled "Autobahn to Berchtesgaden". Sherm is a friend of mine from the 3rd Inf Div WW 2 in the same Bn. and sent me a autographigied copy with a nice message. It covers from a little pre war to the wars end. From Africa to Austria where he served..

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Very exciting! I am a collector of self published books by veterans. My focus is mainly Europe (ETO) but also have some on the MTO and PTO.

 

A selection of my collection can be found here www.basher82.nl/selfpublishedindex.htm

 

If anyone has some pointers where I could get other, PLEASE let me know!!! It is very much appreciated.

 

Stevin

Hey Stevin,

 

Herbert Schemmerling self publishes his book "Born on a Sunday", he served in both German and American armies. It's around $22 or $23.

 

I have his email address, if you're interested.

 

:D

Brooke

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I bump this one because I just learned that Don Burgett finished his new book. 541 pages!!!

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Still nothing is mentioned about the book,"Dogfaces Who Smiled Through Tears"

written by Homer Ankrum of the 168th Inf. Regt. 34th Red Bull Divn. rocky

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The Young Liberators - by Kenneth C. Thayer with Allan D. Foote - Price $14.95

http://www.oneidacountyhistory.org/Bookstore/BookStore2.asp

 

This is the documented record of a solitary combat soldier. It is the factual saga of a United States infantry company of 200 GI's, a regiment of four thousand, one division of fifteen thousand. Brave men: forgotten to many except their families and comrades. This book is an archival reconstruction of discarded units of organization deactivated from military service fifty-six years ago.

 

Between June 1944 and May 1945, the men of the United States 301"' Infantry Division participated in every major western European campaign, from Normandy to the Elbe River, earning them the, sobriquet, "Workhorse of the Western Front". The official United States Army Historian for the Western Front, S. L. A. Marshall, would proclaim the 30th as "The finest infantry division in the European Theater of Operations."

 

Except for a period of convalescence, PFC Kenneth C. Thayer was with them almost every step of the way. This is the beginning of his story: Volume One: From Civilian to Soldier. It is a privilege to share it with you.

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frank, the book I am talking about. The Author was a Sgt. and his book

starts from 1941 t0 1945 and his discription involves all three,(3) Regts.

and with over six hundred,(600), days of combat,Nov.'42--Nov.'45,and

yes I was there. Maybe M-1 can put the copy of my card I sent her. Rocky

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Rocky, the 34th's book is already mentioned in our BOOK SECTION. This post is covering other books which have never been mentioned on our site before. We are trying to give everyone exposure.

 

Marion

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Rocky, the 34th's book is already mentioned in our BOOK SECTION. This post is covering other books which have never been mentioned on our site before. We are trying to give everyone exposure.

 

Marion

 

YES MAAM MY DEAR M-1. I never thought of it that way.

AS always you set us straight and I love it. hugs rocky

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