History – Forgotten Warriors

Forgotten WarriorsForgotten Warriors
By D. Ralph Young
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Published: May 2016
ISBN: 978-1457545917 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1457547584 (hc)
ASIN: B01FWLXK1C
Pages: 348
Genre: History, War, WWII

Forgotten Warrios is the story of the aphibious march across the Pacific from the Aleutians to Okinawa from the experiences of shipmates aboard the USS J. Franklin Bell which includes the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the following battles: The Aleutian Campaign (Adak, Attu and Kiska); The Solomon Islands Campaign (Guadalcanal, Bougainville); The Coral Sea Battle (Naval Battle); The Battle of Midway (Naval Battle); The Battle for Tarawa; The Battle for Kwajalein; The Battle for Eniwetok; The Marianas Champaign (Saipan, Tinian, and Guam); The Battle for Leyte; The Battle for Iwo Jima; The Battle for Peleliu; The Battle for Okinawa. Refresh your memory with the what, where, when and why for each of these battles, the listing of the Medal of Honor Awardees for each battle, as well as a listing of casualties. Also included are the contributions made by Coast Guard, Submarine Service, and Seabees as well as the women of the USA toward victory over the Japanese in World War II.

It seem like we celebrate Normandy every year, which we should, but when have you heard about Peleliu, Tarawa, Tinian etc.During the invasion of Peleliu we had 3201 more casualties than D-Day at Normandy. At Tarawa 2 out of 3 marines never made it to the beach. Admiral Spruance called the invasion of Tinian the most brilliant amphibious operation of WWII. The two fake landings on the most suitable beach on the South caused the Japanese to move their troops in that direction, which allowed us to land on the North less desirable beach, with minimum resistance. I know this for a fact because I was there.

The book covers all major battles in the Pacific where statistic shows that when we are compared to our counterparts that fought in the European Theater we were 5 times more likely to be killed; 3 times more likely to be wounded and twice as likely to end up being a POW.

We fought a different kind of enemy in the Pacific. If the Germans or Italians were surrounded they surrendered. But, the Japanese would charge with or without a weapon. That explains why our wounded to death rate was 3 to 1. For the Japanese it was the reverse of 18 killed to each one wounded.

The book recognized all the Medal of Honor that were awarded in the Pacific with a brief description of why each was awarded.

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Forgetten Warriors Author D. Ralph YoungAbout the Author:
D. Ralph Young was born in central Kentucky in 1925 and was raised on a farm in Lincoln County. He served as a Gunner’s Mate on the USS J Franklin Bell for nearly 3 years during WWII.

After military service he obtained an engineering degree from the University of Kentucky. He was involved in developing electric power systems all over the USA as well as the Middle-east and South-east Asia. He retired to his place of birth in Kentucky 3 times before really calling it over from an active engineering career to become an author and write 2 books. The Power of a Mothers Prayer and Forgotten Warriors.

In 2006 he was inducted into the University of Kentucky, College of Engineering Hall of Distinction.

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Historical Military Fiction – Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder - Wings of War Book OneRolling Thunder
An Historical Novel of War and Politics
Wings of War Series, Book One
By Mark Berent
Publisher: Putnam Bros.
ASIN: B0019LNUVA
Pages: 416
Genre: Historical Fiction, Military Fiction, Vietnam, Airwar

Rolling Thunder is an historical novel about the decisive role politics played during the Vietnam War. Its characters range from men in the field to the Pentagon and the White House. Fighter pilots and Special Forces warriors try to do their best but are hampered by President Johnson, Secretary of Defense McNamara, and their staff members who despise the military. Only one aging USAF general, who fought in Korea and WWII, is on their side. His clashes with his Commander in Chief, Lyndon Johnson, are epic in proportion and startling in content.

In Rolling Thunder, the time is late 1965 and 1966 in war zone places such as Saigon, Hanoi, Bien Hoa, Da Nang, and Tahkli. While back in Washington, LBJ sits over lunch and personally picks bombing targets in an attempt to fight a limited war. In Vietnam the war knows no limits.

There, as the hostilities escalate, the fates of three men intertwine: USAF Captain Court Bannister, overshadowed by a famous movie star father who fought in WWII as a B-17 gunner, driven to confront missiles, MiGs, and nerve-grinding bombing raids in order to prove his worth to his comrades — and to himself…Air Force First Lieutenant Toby Parker, fresh from the States, who hooks up with an intelligence unit for a lark, and quickly finds his innocence buried away by the lessons of war…and Special Forces Colonel Wolf Lochert, who ventures deep into the jungle to rescue a downed pilot — only to discover a face of the enemy for which he is unprepared.

Four airline stewardesses, who fly the civilian MAC contract flights that bring American soldiers to and from the war zone in Vietnam, have difficult love affairs with G.I.s and fighter pilots. After one flight they come under attack while on an airbase.

Young American G.I.s are cursed and taunted as they return to the United States.

Through their eyes, and those of many others — pilots, soldiers, lovers, enemy agents, commanders, politicians, profiteers — Rolling Thunder shows us Vietnam as few other books have, or can. Berent captures all the intensity and drama of that searing war, and more, penetrates to the heart and soul of those who fought it. Rolling Thunder rings with authenticity.

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STEEL TIGER - Wings of Was Series, Book TwoSTEEL TIGER
ASIN: B001HN5J7S
Pages: 450

Five months after we left them in Rolling Thunder, Steel Tiger brings back USAF Major Court Bannister, Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel Wolf Lochert, and USAF First Lieutenant Toby Parker, now scattered to their new posts: Bannister in Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Wolf Lochert at Lang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, carrying out covert operations in Laos, and Toby Parker, in the pilot training program at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas. Soon their diverse paths will lead all three men back to Vietnam for a second tour of duty — in the very heart of the conflict.

PHANTOM LEADER - Wings of War Series, Book ThreePHANTOM LEADER
ASIN: B001HN5L80
Pages: 448

In Phantom Leader (May 9, 1991) Berent, himself a highly decorated Air Force Pilot, once again captures the intensity of the most controversial war in modern history. Phantom Leader shows readers exactly what it was like to be a pilot caught between the immediate reality of death and the distant decisions of Washington.

EAGLE STATION - Wings of War Series Book FourEAGLE STATION
ASIN: B001HSNB6E
Pages: 396

In Eagle Station (June 8, 1992) the newest installment in his Vietnam War series, Berent puts on the heat and raises the stakes, creating his most electrifying tale of war to date. Beginning with a hair-raising cliff side helicopter rescue under heavy fire, and racing toward a climactic ground battle played out in the dark of night, engaging top secret USAF first special operations gun ships, Eagle Station is filled with adventure and acts of daring, woven into a compelling and powerful plot.

STORM FLIGHTSTORM FLIGHT
ASIN: B001G0M9Z2
Pages: 383

Storm Flight, (Book Five of Five) the intense conclusion to his saga, the action is touched off by a daring raid on the Son Tay prisoner-of-war camp that reveals some startling information. With American prisoners in terrible jeopardy and crucial national secrets in danger of being discovered, the characters we have met in Berent’s earlier books are put to the ultimate test. They must call upon all their skill, leadership, guts, and strength to complete their missions.

As always, Berent highlights his knowledge of little known facts about the war, and his keen insight into the minds of members of the fighting forces. In one exhilarating sequence, Parker and his instructor pilot Ken Tanaka each shoot down two MiGs in the course of one fight, involving four MiGs and an unarmed transport. Despite the chewing out that they receive later from their superior officer, the two fighter pilots refuse to shoot down the transport. Ironically, that decision was the one that saved the life of one of their strongest critics, Jane Fonda, who had once called fighter pilots “professional killers.” (This incident is based on a true story.) Parker later makes “ace,” a title given to the rare fighter pilot who shoots down five MiGs.

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Rolling Thunder Author Mark Berent
Mark Berent is admirably suited to have written his historical fiction five-book Vietnam Wings of War series for he lived each story. He served four years and one day in the Vietnam War during the period from November 1965 until August 1973.

When asked why he kept going back, he replied: “A lot of reasons; because it was there, because I wanted a MiG, because when the threat goes up the paperwork goes down and the weinies run for cover, but mostly because the guys were still fighting. Everyday I’d pick up a paper and find another buddy KIA, MIA, or POW. I just couldn’t stay on the beach.”

Now he writes about these men. He has five books in print and Ebooks; Rolling Thunder, Steel Tiger, Phantom Leader, Eagle Station, and Storm Flight. Although historical fiction, the books are about the men and women who gave everything they had in a war they weren’t allowed to win. FAC pilots, Phantom crews, Thud, Hun, and Buff crews, gunship pilots and gunners, green berets, grunts, carrier jocks, MAC contract stews, boomers and tankers, from corporals to colonels; the whole nine yards about the day-to-day heroism and heroes we all know and loved . . . and some we hated. By way of contrast, LBJ in the Oval Office and McNamara in the Pentagon E Ring are included and the words they spoke as they picked strike targets over lunch are included in great detail, yes indeed. As are those of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden.

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Political/Science/History – The Fix Is In

the-fix-is-inThe Fix Is In
The Deutsche Bank Building Fire Conspiracy
J. A. Graffagnino
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published: August 2016
ISBN: 978-1524618841
ASIN: B01KOQUUZY
Pages: 338
Genre: Non-Fiction, Political, Science, History

Finally, the truth is revealed about Manhattan’s Deutsche Bank building fire. The devastating fire at 130 Liberty Street in the heart of Manhattan’s financial center – a short distance from what was the World Trade Center – was one of the worst fires in New York City’s history. Two firefighters were killed, and 105 were injured. One of the firefighters killed during the horrific fire was author Graffagnino’s son, Joey.

Graffagnino refused to believe what high-level government decision makers were telling the public – that the fire was an accident.

After eight years of relentless research in pursuit of the truth – combing through public records and interviewing firefighters on the scene, government officials, informed observers, whistleblowers and eyewitnesses – Graffagnino uncovered the truth. The horrific seven-alarm Deutsche Bank building fire was no accident. And all efforts to quell the raging inferno were in vain.

The Fix Is In is not based upon a conspiracy theory, opinion or undocumented rumors, but confirmed facts. Graffagnino places blame where it belongs and exposes the people who benefitted from the catastrophe.

Find out for yourself. Discover the disturbing truth about a calculated and complex conspiracy involving top governmental agencies, corporate leaders and organized crime figures.

“The Deutsche Bank fire was preventable,” said FDNY Captain Simon Ressner. “Preventive measures were deliberately sidestepped in the name of ambition and in the name of money.”

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For more than two decades Joseph (J. A.) Graffagnino has been writing articles about telecommunications technologies for technical magazines, along with stories about his hobby, tropical fish, published in well-known global hobbyist magazines, such as Aquarium Fish, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium and Tropical Fish Hobbyist. He has also lectured extensively about the subject throughout the United States.

But Graffagnino’s true passion is writing fiction, a craft he’s been honing for many years. His first thriller fiction short story, “The Taxi” was published in 2010; and his first novel, “The Journey of Mary/ Ma Li”, was published by Dreams Publishing Company in 2013. His second novel delves into a different genre – “Fantasy & Horror Short Stories” released on December 30, 2015. It contains 13 stories of intrigue and suspense.

Joe’s non-fiction book, “THE FIX IS IN  The Deutsche Bank Building Fire Conspiracy” was published by the AuthorHouse Publishing Company in August 2016.

The author lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and many tropical fish aquariums.

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American History – Jockey Hollow

jockey-hollowJockey Hollow: Where a Forgotten Army Persevered to Win America’s Freedom
By Rosalie Lauerman
Published: September 2016
ISBN: 978-0692507834
Pages: 120
Genre: American History

Award-winning book, “Jockey Hollow,” explores how the beaten up and worn down Continental soldiers faced the harshest winter of the century and how they dealt with chronic supply shortages, desertions, enemy attacks, mutiny, and even treason by one of their beloved officers. The starving soldiers often went unpaid as well.  In fact, the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Lines hadn’t been paid in a year!

The book highlights the depth of the soldiers’ conviction that America should be a free country and the price they were willing to pay to win that freedom. In his farewell address, General Washington lauded the soldiers, saying, “The unparalleled perseverance of the Armies of the United States. . .was little short of a standing miracle.”

For chronicling the impact of Jockey Hollow on the soldiers and ultimately on the second half of the American Revolution, “Jockey Hollow” is the recipient of the 2016 Bronze IPPY award for Best Mid-Atlantic Region Nonfiction and the 2016 Silver Moonbeam award among nonfiction nominees.

Today Jockey Hollow is part of Morristown National Historical Park, the first national historical park in the United States.

The author comments, “Jockey Hollow Park and I were neighbors for over twenty-five years.  During that time, I often heard park visitors remark that they knew nothing about this Revolutionary encampment prior to their visit.  That’s when I decided to introduce the Jockey Hollow soldiers to today’s young readers.”

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Author Rosalie Lauerman is passionate about uncovering and writing under-told stories for young readers. Her work has been published by “Cricket,” “Highlights for Children,” and other children’s magazines. The author earned a bachelor of arts degree studying journalism and economics. Before turning to writing, she worked in banking and municipal government. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Rosalie and her husband currently live in Woodstock, Illinois.

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Memoir Family/Relationships – A Bronx Boy’s Tale

A Bronx Boy's TaleA Bronx Boy’s Tale
By Jimmy Newell
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1490414010
ASIN: B00FXXLLXO
Pages: 206
Genre: Memoir, Family, Social History

A BRONX BOY’S TALE is an account of what it was like to live in a very special place at a very special time. If you came of age in the Baby Boomer Era or just want to read a story of what it was like, you should read A BRONX BOY’S TALE.

If you grew up in the Bronx, you will recognize the stores, the streets and avenues. You will remember all the events I describe. In short, you will recognize yourself. You will see yourself playing triangle and stickball and ringalevio. You will remember The Mick. You will remember Broadway Joe changing football forever.

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A Bronx Boy's Tale AuthorJimmy Newell grew up in The Bronx in an Irish Catholic family. Attending Catholic schools at a time of tremendous social upheaval, Newell observed and absorbed the best that the Bronx had to offer. Besides being an author, Newell has been a teacher and a lawyer. He resides on the East End of Long Island with Eileen his wife of thirty eight years. Together they raised three children who returned to the Bronx to attend Fordham University.

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