They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans releases this week!

It’s Time to Get Excited!

The book that’s been a year in the making is just about ready to be released. Just a few more days and I can’t wait!

They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans has been a labor of love, but I’m thrilled with the 34 stories of men & women from every branch of the military, including Merchant Marine and Coast Guard.

There’s a story of a soldier who helped take more than 150 German soldiers prisoner at one time during the Battle of the Bulge. A sailor helped to sink the last German U-boat during the war. That’s just 2 of the 34 stories that are more exciting than fiction!

This is my second book of stories. My first book, WWII Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans, was published in 2014. It is available for purchase at this site and on Amazon. I’ve now interviewed nearly 200 WWII vets, some 100 years old! Each one is a joy to know.

Lefevra crew dog

Maybe you’d rather look at photos than read. That’s ok as there are dozens of never-before-published photos of veterans from their days in uniform to the present.

The book has extra features of war-related photos, military lingo, and an index to look up battles, ships and units.

They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans is a highly educational, entertaining, patriotic treasure of stories.

Nothing like tooting my own horn, is there?

I admit I’m proud because I’m proud of the people who allowed me to write their stories. They have all agreed to be in the book and signed off on their stories.

In addition, several are planning to participate in my book launch party on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at downtown Allen County Public Library from 1-3pm in meeting room C. They have agreed to sign copies of the book which will be available for purchase at the event.

Be sure to put this event on your calendar as it will be a rare opportunity to meet some of our nation’s oldest veterans who served one of the biggest conflicts in world history. I’m sorry to say but they won’t be around much longer.

I’ll let you know in a few days when the book will be available on Amazon and my website.

I hope this book will enforce patriotism in each reader as hearing the stories first-hand has done for me. I love America and the men and women who have served to keep her safe as well as the people around the world who need us.

Tell a veteran today thank you for his/ her service!

Hundreds Honor Vets at WWII Book Launch

Welcoming the first WWII vet to the book launch was exciting!

Welcoming the first WWII vet to the book launch was exciting!


I have never self-published a book before. neither have I hosted a book launch event for one of my books.

Signed copies of WWII Legacies: Stories of Northeast IN Veterans were signed by the vets during the book launch.

Signed copies of WWII Legacies: Stories of Northeast IN Veterans were signed by the vets during the book launch.


Now I can say I’ve done both.
My book, World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans, was delivered from my publisher, Ed Schwartz of Oak Creek Publishing a few weeks ago. The publisher has since changed its name to Oak Creek Media (www.oakcreekmedia.com).

I’m pleased as I can be with the book’s appearance/ binding. As a librarian, I’m picky about a book’s durability. I’m sure the 8.5×11” book with 61 pages and reinforced binding will hold together through many readings. The photo was shot by Rick Schwartz, Ed’s son. This is a talented duo! I highly recommend them for self-publishing.

24 WWII vets interviewed for my book were represented at the book launch.

24 WWII vets interviewed for my book were represented at the book launch.

My book launch was successful by all accounts. I invited all of the 28 World War II vets interviewed in the book to attend. The event was held in the Bluffton (IN) Armory. It was roomy and the Vietnam-era tank out front lended ambience!
Twenty-one vets attended with another three who were deceased represented by family.

The public verbally and physically thanked our WWII vets for their service.

The public verbally and physically thanked our WWII vets for their service.

We had a brief introduction in which each vet was recognized, then they sat around tables to interact with the public. Several hundred people attended to thank the vets for their service and sign copies of the books which were available for purchase. It was a marvelous sight.
WWII vets signed copies of WWII Legacies which they were featured in. WWII vets signed copies of WWII Legacies which they were featured in.


WWII vets signed copies of WWII Legacies which they were featured in. WWII vets signed copies of WWII Legacies which they were featured in. [/caption]
The vets told me later they were surprised by the large turnout. I think they were all pleased and touched by the expressions of appreciation. Thanks to all who made the effort to tell these people thank you.
People of all ages turned out to show appreciation to our WWII military vets.

People of all ages turned out to show appreciation to our WWII military vets.


Don’t wait for Vet’s Day 2015 to tell a military vet of any era thank you! Tell them with words, send a note, call on the phone, or better yet, take a child to visit them where they live.

We have to train the next generation to appreciate our military.

The book, World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans, is available from me for $20+$4.95 P/H=$24.95. Please email: kjreusser@adamswells.com for more information. We accept checks and cash. We will mail a copy within 48 hours of receiving payment. They will make terrific Christmas gifts for history lovers, military vets of all eras, schools, libraries.

What did you do for Veteran’s Day?