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Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams – Medal of Honor Recipient at Iwo Jima

Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams used a flamethrower on Iwo Jima to enable Allied troops to drive inland. His efforts caused him to receive the Medal of Honor. Today is the 76th anniversary of the Allied invasion of the island of Iwo Jima in the South Pacific. Several veterans I’ve interviewed served there. One of them, Hershel... Continue Reading →

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Running from the Enemy

As a refugee, Johannes Klaffke was forced to leave many things behind, including the few childhood photos his family possessed. It's dreadful to experience war, but how much worse for children. It Was Our War Too: Youth in the Shadows of WWII ISBN: 9781732 517233 While interviewing WWII vets over a period of several years,... Continue Reading →

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WWII Veteran Moment: Calvin Schultz, Army, Buchenwald Liberator

To provide role models of brave Americans each week I will introduce a World War II Veteran from my books who served this country. The book where his/her story is profiled will be listed. In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27, 2021) —a global day of commemoration to honor victims of the Holocaust— I... Continue Reading →

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WWII Sailor Survived on the USS Yorktown

Sam Hayward served aboard the USS Yorktown during WWII. To provide role models of brave Americans I’m introducing weekly World War II Veteran Moments. Each week I’ll present one veteran who served this country during war and the book where his/her story is profiled. Thanks to every veteran reading this for your service! Name: Sam... Continue Reading →

Tribute to WWII Vets Who Died in 2020

Bill Sawyer, an Army medic in the Aleutians during WWII, and my husband, John -- Air Force vet -- bonded during #Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana in 2016. Each January I honor World War II veterans with stories in my books who lost their lives the previous year. This particular list is significant because these... Continue Reading →

Excerpt from Upcoming Release of “Battle of the Bulge”

John & Kayleen Reusser stand in foxhole in Belgium used by soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge. Over the past 10 years, I’ve interviewed 260+ American World War II veterans. Dozens have spoken of the bitter battle fought between Allied and German forces in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium beginning December 16, 1944 through... Continue Reading →

Attack at Pearl Harbor From a Child’s Point of View – Part 1

This is the first of a 3-part series of excerpted stories about the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor that occurred on December 7, 1941. They are all stories from people I’ve interviewed. Their stories are published in the books listed. ** Charlotte Butterfield Schnieders lived in Honolulu as a preschooler when the Japanese bombed Pearl... Continue Reading →

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