WWII in Our Backyards – Georgia

Frank Merrill, William Darby, and James Rudder. Who were they and what do they have in common? Frank Merrill’s name is perhaps the most well-known of the three, the man having been the subject of a number of books and Hollywood movies. Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill headed the 5307th Composite Unit in the China-Burma-India theater... Continue Reading →

Corporal Louis Thompson Honored

What a thrill to see one of the 19 World War II veterans profiled in my upcoming book honored today. Late last year, the Governor of Georgia Elect's office asked for nominations from the community of highly decorated Georgia veterans to be honored guests at Governor Kemp's inauguration. I nominated Corporal Louis Thompson, who I... Continue Reading →

Christmas at Wartime

During the Revolutionary War, for at least some soldiers there was no thought of celebrating Christmas. On the eve of December 25, 1776, then General George Washington crossed the frozen Delaware River to lead his cold, hungry, and tired, troops to one of the decisive battles of the war. One hundred years later, during the... Continue Reading →

Ghost Soldiers

The Bataan Death March. Most of those interested in World War II know about the 75 mile forced march along the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines in 1942. It wasn't meant to be nearly as brutal and deadly as it happened, but a confluence of factors contributed to the unfortunate circumstances--largely the unpreparedness of the... Continue Reading →

A Marcy Not a Rosie

My mother (Marcella "Marcy" Dietz) was always posing for the camera. And, while she wasn't a "Rosie" she tried to do her part for the war, vamping with an artillery shell for an issue of the Sunbeam Electric Company newspaper in celebration of VE Day in 1945. In recognition of moms everywhere who served this... Continue Reading →

Shimpai Nai (No Worry)

One of the side benefits of writing World War II stories is the opportunity to stand next to one of the dwindling number of veterans who were there, who witnessed the war up close and personal, and who are here to remind us about the war's purpose. James Stockton is one of those veterans. He... Continue Reading →

Normandy + 75 Years

The D-Day anniversary on 2019 promises to be an event you won't want to miss. If you are planning a trip to Europe in 2019, you might want to add a little (or make that a big) side trip to Normandy. As June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the World War II invasion of France,... Continue Reading →

Little Known Little People and a Big War

America took years to mobilize its war production capabilities for World War I. President Franklin Roosevelt was determined not to have that happen for the Second World War. In 1940, he turned to America’s industries and their understanding of mechanization and mass production for help. Ford Motor Company was one of the companies that answered... Continue Reading →

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