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Forgotten Heroes of World War II: Personal Accounts of Ordinary Soldiers—Land, Sea, and Air by [Simmons, Thomas E.]
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World War II was the defining event of the twentieth century. For everyone it was a time of confusion, fear, destruction, and death on a scale never before seen. Much has been written of the generals, campaigns, and battles of the war, but it was young, ordinary American kids who held our freedom in their hands as they fought for liberty across the globe. Forgotten Heroes of World War II offers a personal understanding of what was demanded of these young heroes through the stories of rank-and-file individuals who served in the navy, marines, army, air corps, and merchant marine in all theaters of the war. Their tales are told without pretense or apology. At the time, each thought himself no different from those around him, for they were all young, scared, and miserable. They were the ordinary, the extraordinary—the forgotten.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4823 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; 2 edition (6 November 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R459AP0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #904,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had the honor and privilege to meet three of the men in this book: Oscar Russell, Harry Bell and Jerry O'Keefe at the book launch in Biloxi, Mississippi in November. I felt like I was hugging my dad. He, too, was a WWII vet, William H. Collins, but he died at age 69. Reading this book, I realized how much time I wasted and how I should have listened to him more. Harry Bell was a POW in a Nazi camp and swore to keep his men alive until they were rescued. He did just that, saluting the commander as they rolled in with the tanks, "All men here and accounted for, sir." Brings tears to my eyes. Oscar Russell served in both the European and Pacific theaters. Amazing man! Jerry O'Keefe is a living legend in Biloxi. What an incredible pilot and honorable man.

All the men and women who ever served are heroes, and so are their families. I salute them all.
— Jeanie Loiacono
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read for great insight into our history. 4 April 2017
By Randy S. - Published on Amazon.com
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My Navy veteran husband, a WWII history buff, loves the book, loves the writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book that tells some remarkable stories about ordinary soldiers ... 8 April 2015
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Brilliant book that tells some remarkable stories about ordinary soldiers that had remarkable experiences during the II World War. This is a book that all should read to understand the resilience of man faced with future fraught with peril. Henry Hopkins
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 20 January 2015
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Honest telling of regular soldiers stories
Good overview of Europe and the Pacific...
Short vignettes that are easy to digest...
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Great!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for all those who cherish freedom... 10 November 2014
By Jeanie - Published on Amazon.com
Being prior service and the daughter of an honored Air Force Tech Sgt., I am always drawn to testimonials of service men/women. I cannot recall ever reading such a varied compilation of true stories as found in Forgotten Heroes of World War II Personal Accounts of Ordinary Soldiers Land, Sea and Air by Thomas E. Simmons. I knew nothing of the heroics of the glider pilots nor the Merchant Marine men. And although both sides of my family fought in the war, none would ever willingly speak of the atrocities/horrors of living it. I learned what I did by eavesdropping or actually being able to stay in the house while adults were speaking. Reading this book put some of the pieces together. My father fought in the England and in Philippines, so the stories of both theaters touched my heart deeply. Now I know why he had such horrendous nightmares (what we today call PTSD) and why my mother (who was born and raised in Germany) could not bear to watch war movies.
I think this book should be required reading for all students from Middle to High School since it tells the truth through the eyes of those who lived it. I highly recommend this for all. I hope it get published in every language there is.
—CJ Loiacono