Books written by veterans

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!


"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



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




Happy to give these books a plug!

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"


Would you add this to list.


Atwell-Name change story

of an 87th Inf.Regt- WW2



87th Infantry Division





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.





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





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)





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.






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.




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".






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)





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.






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.





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.






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.





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






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


Available through bookstores.



World War II





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.






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.






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

Published in 1994

Available through bookstores.






By General George S. Patton, Jr.

Published in 1947

Available through bookstores.




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.




Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"

: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.


Would you add this to list.


Atwell-Name change story

of an 87th Inf.Regt- WW2


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,



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.




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

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"

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


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




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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