Aboard the Farragut Class Destroyers in World War II: A History With First-Person Accounts of Enlisted Men. By Capt. Leo Block, USN (Ret),
Life Member. McFarland
& Co. ISBN 978-0-7864-4222-5. 240 pp. $39.95.
This book describes the life of the
enlisted man aboard a Farragut class destroyer during the pre-World War
II years; the war preparation period in 1941; and the wartime years. It
features first-person narrations collected from interviews and correspondence
with the few remaining Farragut class destroyer sailors, and briefly
describes the evolution of the destroyer and the Farragut class
destroyers, five of which survived the war.
Acres Aweigh! A True Story of the History of Naval Station Mayport. By CWO2 Joe Abb Overby, USN (Ret). Global Authors Publishers. ISBN 978-0982122389. 172 pp.
Those who see Naval Station Mayport as
it is today may not realize that the property where they now stand once held a
thriving resort called Wonderwood By-The-Sea.
Acres Aweigh! is the story of that time, and of the woman who developed the
resort, Mrs. Elizabeth P. Stark. Get to know and love this fascinating,
courageous and groundbreaking woman as young tug master Overby himself knew
her. But Acres Aweigh! is more than
Mrs Stark's story. It is also the story of a growing Navy base during the
author's tour of duty there and his adventures aboard his aging tugboat,
jokingly called "June-Moon-Uniform." It will bring a knowing smile to
the face of any sailor who's ever served at Mayport or aboard a Navy ship.
Dartmouth Veterans: Vietnam Perspectives. Edited
by Phillip C. Schaefer, with several essays by MOAA members. Dartmouth College Press. ISBN
978-1-61168-549-7. 400 pp. $23.42.
These are tales of what it was like for
young men to go from the bucolic hills of New Hampshire to a land wracked by
war and violence. The result is a collection of more than fifty accounts,
showing the variety of experiences and reactions to this dramatic period in
American history. Some soldiers were drafted, some volunteered; some supported
the war, but many turned against it. Common to all the stories is the way in
which war changes men, for good and ill, and the way in which the Vietnam
experience colored so much of the rest of these writers’ lives.
For God and Country: Considering the Call to Military Chaplaincy. By Lt. Col. Brian L. Bohlman, ANG, Life Member. So Help Me God Project. E-book
ASIN B004P8JSWO. 131 pp. $6.99.
Considering the call to ministry can be
a difficult process. When one senses a call to ministry outside the traditional
church setting, such as the military chaplaincy, there can be a greater deal of
difficulty in discerning the call. The author writes from a Christian
perspective and holds the premise that the vocation of military chaplaincy is a
high and honorable calling from God.
This project examines the call to serve as a military chaplain in the United
States Armed Forces among a group of fifteen seminary students. The majority of
the participants were students at Columbia International University. Several
others attended Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. To assist these students
in discerning a call to military chaplaincy, a three-session small group
workshop was developed and held during the spring 2008 semester.
The goal of the students was to discern and demonstrate a clear call to
military chaplaincy as they participated in the workshop. The goal of the
workshop facilitator, who also helps recruit military chaplains, was to list
and interpret the common factors and vocational motivations of the seminary
students called to serve as military chaplains.
The dissertation explores the call to military chaplaincy as an act of ministry
that involves an initial call from God, the confirmation of the Church, and the
obedience of the person who says, “Here am I, send me” (Isaiah 6:8b). The
author views Christian chaplains in the military as an extension of Christ’s
ministry to all people and examines several Biblical texts that relate to the
various aspects of the military chaplaincy and provide a Biblical basis for
The outcomes of this project will benefit military chaplain recruiters,
vocational counselors, denominational endorsers of military chaplains, and any
person who is considering the military chaplaincy as a vocation.
Post 8195: Black Soldiers Tell Their Vietnam Stories. Edited
by former Army Sgt. Bobby White, with a chapter by Maj. Charles James, USA
Publications Group. ISBN 978-0-9848243-5-9. 228 pp. $15.53.
VFW Post 8195 in West Park, Florida,
through the Stone of Hope Program, organized services and programs to help
Vietnam and other military veterans and their families who had special needs.
"The Vietnam War was physically, spiritually and emotionally exhausting
for us," says post commander Bobby White. In this unique collection, he
has brought together the words of 23 veterans who witnessed the war's cruelty
and brutality. Through their testimonies, White reminds us that the war's
impact has been long-lasting, with both negative and positive results. Readers
will be riveted by their narratives of racism, hostile battlefields, ambush
zones, fire fights, land mines, flashbacks, search-and-destroy missions,
military police operations, working with K-9s, and finally addressing and putting
the PTSD issues at ease.
Return to Harvest: A Novel of Hope About Recovering From PTSD. By Lt. Col. Banks Hudson, USAR (Ret), Life Member. ISBN 978-0-615-93249-1. 772
pp. $25.95. Available as an e-book.
This is a gripping story of two soldiers,
Jett and Ace, coming home from war who dread facing the new battles of
adjustment from the horrors of combat to their old life in the mountains of
North Carolina. You follow these two life long friends through the trauma of
their last long range patrol and through their struggles to rebuild their
lives. Driven by their desperation to numb the darkness of unspeakable
memories, they turn to sex and booze which leads to betrayal, hurt, confusion
and problems with the law. Intensifying their heart ache and pain, those
choices drive them further into despair and isolation from families, friends
and the women in their lives. After a life threatening experience, they are
forced to face the reality they are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD). Through the urging of family and an increasing sense of
desperation, they reluctantly agree to participate with eight other combat
veterans in a PTSD treatment program led by a psychologist they call, “Doc.”
They share a sense of urgency to find some relief from suicidal thoughts,
flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks, isolation and depression. Two of the
veterans face an additional crisis. A female veteran lost an arm and a male
lost vision in one eye. Doc introduces them to a new form of “basic training”
which is received with mixed reactions. In and outside the group, you walk with
them through their hopelessness, rage, despair, and tears. They experience hope
and possibility not only through what Doc teaches, but through the close bond
that forms between these soldiers that share the experience of combat. They
stand together to cry, laugh and relive their trauma to find hope for recovery
from a source they never suspected.
An Aviator’s Journal. By Lt. Col. James D. Fox, USA (Ret). Xlibris. ISBN 978-1-4653-4499-1. 434 pp. $31.49.
The story of a young man's humble beginnings
to become a corporate pilot for the worlds largest oil company. With only his
experience from a Piper Cub J-3 he competes in the world of experienced
military and airline pilots for the top job as one of the frirst
generation of business jet pilots. Lockheed called them Jet Squires.
His story of personal rejection because
of his lack of experience to his rise in the ranks contains elements of
adventure with sometimes a humorous tint.
A study of pilot personalities is part
of the story; of pilots that have done nothing in their life but fly airplanes,
and they hate it!
It is a fun read.
First in Vietnam: An Exercise in Excess of 30 Days. By
Col. Emmett F. Knight, USA (Ret), Life Member. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4918-4505-9. 364 pp. $21.56.
This book is about the continuation of
someone else's war and the very early days in the assumption of that war by the
United States of America. It is set against the beginning of a major expansion
of our advisory effort supporting the South Vietnamese Government which was
fighting against an expanding guerrilla war supported by the communist North.
North Vietnam was in turn supported by both China and Russia, thus setting the
stage for an essentially no win situation. The geopolitical problem was, of
course, of limited concern to most of those soldiers who fought there,
including the men of the 57th Transportation Helicopter Company. As conditions
worsened they just went out and flew the missions including the first heliborne
assault of the war and for a year afterward. In words written at the time, this
was a period when they were not going by the book, they were writing the book
on helicopter combat operations. This is their story as told by the operations
officer that led the flying activity in the unit. It is a description of the
training, deployment and first missions in Vietnam. It recounts the serious
aspects encountered in the early days, but it also tells of the accidents,
incidents and the humorous side of things that are often left out of wartime
accounts. There are chapters about dealing with the United States Air Force and
the United States Marine Corps as they entered the fray. Not the least of the
story has to do with the interaction between the author and some of the more
senior officers involved in the war at that time. In those cases, the author
often contradicts the official view and draws uncomplimentary conclusions about
their conduct and eventual impact on the Vietnam War.
Flying in the Land of Sand and Sun: The Land of Mystery and Intrigue. By Lt. Col. James D. Fox, USA (Ret). Xlibris. ISBN 978-1-4797-8607-0. $34.99. Any book
purchased from the author will be personally autographed by the author at no
additional charge. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
is the story of a pilot's adventures and education while flying for the Armed
Forces of Saudi Arabia. A land of mystery and intrigue. There are no tourists in
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. You must have a government sponsor with an entry
visa to go there. An exit visa will be issued after your arrival at the
discretion of the government. To go there is no guarantee that you will be
allowed to leave. The author was held sixty-days beyond his contract before he
was allowed to leave. The mail is censored both coming and going. Mail from the
USA is sometimes as late as six months. Photographs are forbidden without
express permits from the government. Photos made by the author were made
without a permit and were taken from suitcases passing through airport
checkpoints. Hotels and fine dining rooms are primarily for men only. Separate
and isolated sections are for families (men with their wives). There are no
movie theaters or places of entertainment as known in the rest of world. No
religion other that Islam is tolerated. The author explains his experience
there with some tongue in cheek. To live in a place that has much wealth and is
still trying to bring its nomadic people still dedicated to tribalism into the
modern world is an education. In the most part the Saudis are a very friendly
people, and they love Americans . . . in the most part. If you think that
recent coverage of the Middle East on television has given you knowledge of
what that part of the world is like, then please read on.
Just a Dumb Kid From Nowhere. By CWO2 Joe Abb Overby, USN
ISBN 0-595-36802-6. 182 pp. $16.95.
Please, Bill, don't shoot! A shotgun
blast changes young Joe Overby's life forever. After his father shoots the
county sheriff, three-year-old Joe sets out on an unimaginable series of
adventures. Just A Dumb Kid From Nowhere
takes you back to Depression-era Mississippi. Join Joe as he lives life in an
orphanage, in a series of sharecropper's shacks, in a log cabin, and on a farm.
Learn what it was like to pick cotton by hand, to harvest sorghum, to make
molasses, and to work the wheat harvest during World War II. With Joe, you'll
share in the joys, yearnings, and desperations of a growing boy as he discovers
the world and his place in it. Through this anything-but-dumb kid, you'll laugh
and cry, always rooting for the boy who is determined to make something of
himself. If you want to experience life in the rural South during this
formative time in America's history-the food, clothing, culture, and customs-Just A Dumb Kid From Nowhere will take
No Bell for Dak To. By Col. Michael P. Umhofer, USA. Luthers
Publishing. ISBN 1-877633-49-6. 322 pp. $25. Purchase from Kate Umhofer, 1531
Rugged Ct., Midlothian, TX 76065, or call Ann Umhofer-Marich at (623) 414-0868.
A videocassette is available upon request for $10 (includes postage).
This book is the daily journal of Col. Michael P. Umhofer,
describing events and personal attitudes, as objectively as possible during his
assignment as a Civil Affairs Officer within the 1st Bde. Of the 4th
Infantry Division Army located in the central highlands of Pleiku Province. The
journal begins in 9 July 1967 through 30 June 1968.
Turning Final: A Life Complete. By Lt. Col. Jim Reed, USAF
(Ret), Life Member. Trafford
Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4269-6319-3. 228 pp. $14.27.
Jim Reed has had a life of diverse
adventure. From sending U-2's to the North Pole, retrieving missiles in the
open ocean, and a flying and boating career that spanned the world, he has done
just about everything that you could pack into one lifetime. Turning Final captures those adventures
and shares it with all of us who dream of meeting exciting challenges. This
story is about a real life pilot/sailor who accomplished things that most
people only dream about while at the same time he and his lovely wife raised a
family of four boys. His life truly spans the world.