Boots and Saddles: Military Leaders of the American West. By Col. Thomas Phillips, USAF (Ret). Caxton Press. ISBN 978-087004-591-2.
The Indian Wars of
the American West were fought over a period of more than three decades across a
landscape that spanned more than half of the land mass of the lower continental
United States. The leaders of the small army that was sent to carry out the government's
policies faced formidable adversaries. Tenacious and aggressive, native
warriors formed what some have called "the best light cavalry in the
World". The officers that confronted them faced a daunting tasks. Some
succeeded brilliantly; others failed utterly.
Boots and Saddles:
Military Leaders of the American West provides an encompassing look at the leaders
and the battles they fought, often in conditions notable for difficult terrain
and inhospitable climate. This comprehensive work captures the personalities,
abilities, triumphs, failures, and lasting legacies of the leaders who waged
the campaigns of the American West.
Business Espionage: Risks, Threats, and Countermeasures. By Lt. Col. Bruce Wimmer, USAF (Ret), Life Member. Elsevier. ISBN
Espionage: Risk, Threats, and Countermeasures provides the best
practices needed to protect a company's most sensitive information. It takes a
proactive approach, explaining the measures and countermeasures that can be
enacted to identify both threats and weaknesses. The text fully explains the
threat landscape, showing not only how spies operate, but how they can be
Drawn from the
author’s 40 years of experience, this vital resource will give readers a true
understanding of the threat of business spying and what businesses can do to
protect themselves. It is ideal for use as a tool to educate staff on the
seriousness of the threat of business espionage.
- Shows how to identify a company’s threats,
weaknesses, and most critical assets
- Provides proven and practical countermeasures that
any business can employ to protect their most sensitive assets from both
internal and external threats
- Uses real-life case studies and examples to help the
reader understand how to apply the tactics discussed
Courage, Compassion, Marine: The Unique Story of Jimmie Dyess. By Maj. Gen. Perry Smith, USAF (Ret), Life Member. iUniverse. ISBN
extraordinary bravery in the rescue of a drowning woman, Clemson undergraduate
Jimmie Dyess received America's top civilian award for heroism, the Carnegie
Medal. Sixteen years later, Marine Lieutenant Colonel Dyess led his battalion
into combat. He went behind enemy lines to save four wounded Marines. The next
day, Dyess was shot and killed. For his exemplary valor and leadership in
combat, he received the Medal of Honor. May Jimmie Dyess's life of service and
selfsacrifice be an inspiration to all.
A Hero’s Walk: The World War II Journey of Lt. B.B. Darnell. By Mike Darnell. CreateSpace. ISBN 9781511521598.
Growing up on a small
farm in rural Alabama, B.B. Darnell had never traveled far from home. Entering
the Army in 1942, World War II changed everything for the soft-spoken, humble
young man. By the time World War II was over, he had journeyed thousands of miles
and had become a decorated combat veteran with the singular purpose of making
it home to marry the woman he loved. “A Hero’s Walk” is the story of his
Proceeds from this
book will be used to benefit veterans through USA Cares, a non-profit
organization that assists military families.
Lt. Darnell served in
the 328th Field Artillery Battalion, 85th Infantry
Division. In the fall of 1944, he was an artillery forward observer moving with
the infantry in the Apennine Mountains of northern Italy during the bloody
battle to break the Nazi’s Gothic Line. After a brutal series of assaults and
counter-attacks, his commanding officer wrote the following:
“When Lt. Darnell was
relieved and returned to the battery he was staggering from sheer fatigue and
illness. He had been in the assault with the infantry for twenty-one days. Two
different forward observer parties had been with him and were completely
exhausted. He had always been with the spearhead of the attack, never
faltering, never asking for relief and even refusing it when he was told to
take it. Upon return to his organization he was placed under immediate medical
care, but refused evacuation to a hospital, remaining with his battery which
was moving in the attack in support of the infantry. Lt. Darnell’s devotion to
duty, his extreme courage in the face of withering enemy fire, severe illness
and extreme fatigue as well as his superior leadership at the most critical
moments were an inspiration to his men and are in the finest tradition of the
Two years earlier,
B.B. Darnell had just turned 21 years old and graduated from Alabama
Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University). Along with his degree in
Agriculture, he received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S.
His overseas journey
began on Christmas Eve, 1943, as the 328th loaded onto a ship in
Hampton Roads, VA, bound for North Africa. They joined the war in Italy in
March of 1944. From Naples to Trieste, Lt. Darnell slogged northward in that
bloody conflict, enduring physical, emotional, and mental ordeals he never
could have imagined.
The crucible of battle
exposed the young man’s fear as well as his courage. It also strengthened his
faith in God and galvanized his desire to marry the woman he loved. He finally
returned home to Alabama in November, 1945, determined to build a life with his
B.B. Darnell’s story
is similar to thousands of other young men in an era of heroes who came from
the farms, small towns, and cities in the United States to confront evil in
another part of the world. And when the enemy was defeated, the survivors
returned home, forever changed.
Follow this young
soldier’s journey through war overseas as author Mike Darnell tells his
father’s remarkable story.
A portion of the
proceeds from “A Hero’s Walk” will
be donated to USA Cares. USA Cares is a nonprofit organization that supports
military families by providing emergency financial assistance in the forms of
grants not loans. Preventing evictions, foreclosures, auto repossessions,
keeping the electricity turned on and food on the table. For additional
information about USA Cares, go to http://www.usacares.org
War in the Chesapeake: The British Campaigns to Control the Bay,
By Lt. Col. Charles Neimeyer, USMC (Ret), Life
Member. Naval Institute
Press. ISBN 978-1-61251-865-7.
In the early
nineteenth century, the United States of America was far from united. The
United States faced internal strife over the extent of governance and the
rights of individual states. The United States' relationship with their former
colonial power was also uncertain. Britain impressed American sailors and
supported Native Americans' actions in the northwest and on the Canadian
border. In the summer of 1812, President James Madison chose to go to war
against Britain. War in the Chesapeake illustrates the causes for the
War of 1812, the political impacts of the war on America, and the war effort in
the Chesapeake Bay.
The book examines
the early war efforts, when both countries focused efforts on Canada and the
Northwest front. Some historians claim Madison chose to go to war in an attempt
to annex the neighboring British territories. The book goes on to discuss the
war in the Chesapeake Bay. The British began their Chesapeake campaign in an
effort to relieve pressure on their defenses in Canada. Rear Admiral George
Cockburn led the resulting efforts, and began to terrorize the towns of the
Chesapeake. From Norfolk to Annapolis, the British forces raided coastal towns,
plundering villages for supplies and encouraging slaves to join the British
forces. The British also actively campaigned against the large American
frigates- seeing them as the only threat to their own naval superiority.
War in the
Chesapeake traces these British efforts on land and sea. It also traces the
Americans' attempts to arm and protect the region while the majority of the
American regular forces fought on the Northwest front. In the summer campaign
of 1814, the British trounced the Americans at Bladensburg, and burned
Washington, D.C. Afterwards, the Baltimoreans shocked the British with a
stalwart defense at Fort McHenry. The British leaders, Vice Admiral Sir
Alexander Cochrane and Major General Robert Ross, did not expect strong resistance
after their quick victories at Bladensburg.
War in the
Chesapeake tells the story of some of the earliest national heroes,
including the defenders of Baltimore and naval leaders like John Rodgers and
Stephen Decatur. The following December 1814, the United States and Britain
signed the Treaty of Ghent, ending hostilities and returning North America to a
peaceful status quo. The United States and neighboring Canada would not go to
war on opposing sides again. The United States left the war slightly more
unified and independent of the British.
Balance of Night: A Military Procedural. By Maj. Allan P. Avery, USMC (Ret), Life Member. Amazon Digital
Services. ASIN B00PYN61VK.
reward is getting out alive. A Marine Corps KC-130 Hercules aerial tanker
aircraft carrying 36 marines has plenty of fuel on a dark night over the storm
tossed South Pacific until a desperately low fuel Navy Hornet fighter arrives.
Risk everyone so no one is left behind? The requirements for success are perfection
in calculations, airmanship, nerve, and luck.
Christmas and marines are on liberty in Brisbane, Australia and the Gold Coast.
If only half the truth is told of how good it was the marines will still be
called liars when they return to Okinawa.
There can be great risk in defending the right of free passage in international
waters, particularly if those waters are claimed by North Korea. The United
States Navy deliberately sails into harm's way to assert the right of free
passage, on the high seas, for every nation. Sailors and marines man the ships
and aircraft necessary to protect the fleet as it asserts the right in
Peacetime is not war, except for the casualties. A benign environment in a
non-combatant evacuation south east of the Strait of Malacca turns to war for
the handful of marines involved.
Flavius Josephus stated the philosophy of the Roman legions of antiquity:
"The drills are bloodless battles and the battles are bloody drills."
The succinct and echoing words of the Marine D.I. are: "the more you sweat
in peace the less you bleed in war." Every marine knows this to be true.
Some marines can justify leaving another marine to the mercy of wrongful court
martial but cannot leave a marine to die on the battlefield. A marine lacking
moral courage is not necessarily a marine lacking physical courage. Only one
attribute may be needed for promotion.
This novel is a modern military procedural. The duties, demands, and procedures
described in this novel are factual within the realm of literary license. The
novel revolves around the routine yet demanding service in a Marine Corps
KC-130 Hercules aircraft squadron in what is considered peacetime. The story is
the result of the author's sense of the flavor of the times, experiences and
situations that could have evolved as told here.
Lightning Strikes Twice. By Lt. Cmdr. William H. LaBarge, USN
Knot Books. ISBN 978-1-937530-66-2.
William H. LaBarge, Author of Four National Bestselling Books and Co-Author of
Aviation Book of The Year SWEETWATER GUNSLINGER 201: The news is grim. Benjamin
Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has threatened to attack Iran if they
don't stop enriching uranium. United States interests back the threat. In
LaBarge's latest novel, Lightning Strikes Twice, U.S. Navy pilots Captain
"Sweetwater" Sullivan and Lieutenant "BigHands" Johnson,
aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), are called upon to carry out the
impossible mission of deterring the Iranian threat under daunting circumstances.
Lightning Strikes Twice is an action-packed story dealing with today's current
events. The covert operation during the story is called "Rolling
Thunder." The story deals with the Bushehr Nuclear Plant in Iran, the
Newest Stealth Fighter F-35C, the CIA, Navy SEALs, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,
the world's longest sniper kill shot, and an SSGN Nuclear Submarine with the
SHED. This electrifying story is bigger than today's political winds on Capitol
Hill. The F-35C has the most advanced Integrated Senor Fusing Technology and
Multispectral Electro-Optical Targeting capability in the world, and this
jaw-dropping story is a fast-paced political thriller.
The Prayer Rug. By Cmdr. H.M. Hymas, USN, Life Member. Black Rose
Writing. ISBN 978-1-61296-538-3.
emotional, The Prayer Rug is a story of strength, faith and resilience. Reem, a
wife and mother of two, is caught in Iraq after the invasion of US Forces. What
began as a future full of hope slowly begins to unravel before her eyes. As the
original effort to remove a tyrannical dictator degrades into civil war, it
engulfs everyone and everything around her. Everything she loves is slowly
taken from her as she watches forces beyond her control destroy her family.
Helpless, she clings to her prayer rug in an effort to find strength and peace.
The Second Advocate. By 1st Lt. Harry H. Seipel, USMC
From Watermelon Inspector to the White House. By Lt. Col. Henry Spencer Faircloth, USAF
(Ret), Life Member, Sun City Center (Fla.) Chapter. Xlibris. ISBN 978-1503555310.
an old country boy from South Georgia, I never dreamed of all the adventures my
journey through life would produce during my eighty-plus years on this earth. I
began life with two loving Christian parents who taught me I could achieve any
goal if I worked hard and followed my Christian upbringing. I graduated from
Leesburg High School in 1947, one of ten in my class, and set out to put those
lessons into practice. After my first year at Emory at Oxford College, it was
clear I had not been exposed to as comprehensive an education as many of my
fellow students. I was a young man from a small Southern town, and I still had
a lot more to learn. But I was also the son of parents who taught me the value
of working and learning and challenging myself, so I never shied away from hard
or demanding work. Decades of service in the United States Air Force, including
two tours in Cold War Europe and leading a committee for the President of the
United States, would continue my education. I approached each new challenge
with the same understanding and determination as that first semester of
college. Maybe I was not as equipped as I could have been, but I could learn
and I would not quit. With each success, my bosses continued to recommend me
for more important and more challenging work, and each recommendation gave me
the confidence I needed to rise to the next challenge. Over the years I have
laughed with famous actors and fighter aces, dined with mob bosses, and partied
with presidents. I have worked to dig civilization out from the ruins of war,
helped feed a continent, flown around the world in service to my country and
her veterans, and built a life with the most amazing woman I have ever known.
This incredible journey has taught me many important lessons and left me with
countless stories of historic events and incomparable people. I feel blessed to
have lived this life, and I hope my stories are an equal blessing to you.
Grandfather’s Journal: A Grandson’s Journey into His Grandfather’s
By Capt. Tom Maxwell, USN (Ret), Life Member. WestBow Press.
In 2012, after
sharing a number of sea stories with my only grandson, I was told I needed to
write a life journal to include my years as a child in the Philippine Islands
just following World War II. The journal, which addressed a time from June 7,
1935 to December 28, 2013, includes the important events of my life, including
my twenty-seven years in the US Navy. As could be expected, there are more
reflections from my years as a naval aviator, flying combat missions in Vietnam
and numerous secret missions against the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Not as exciting,
but just as important, was my journal following my naval service after my
retirement in December 1982. Most importantly, I have shared what took place in
my life on June 9, 1977, two days after my 42nd birthday and two days before my
oldest son graduated from high school, when I accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord
and Savior of my life. This event radically changed my life and immediately
healed a broken family. It also addressed the thirty-plus years in which I was
called as a volunteer to serve the least of these in our prison systems. If I
have a desire for the journal, it would be that it encourage others to address
the importance of their spiritual needs before age forty-two and that it would
challenge my grandchildren in their walk with Christ.
Silver Taps. By Lt. Col. Max L. Knight, USA (Ret). Outskirts Press Inc. ISBN 978-1-4787-5175-5.
"Silver Taps" is the author's
personal journey coming to grips with the loss of his father. It illuminates
their relationship and describes what it is to be a hero in the context of
love, friendship, and respect. It contains the memories, anecdotes, and musings
of a son written down for his children and grandchildren, but will resonate
with anyone who fondly remembers a parent whom they loved and who loved them in
return. The book also explores the terrible effects of dementia and the
dynamics of a family trying to understand and cope with Alzheimer's disease,
their reaction and interaction following the death of a family member, and how
faith gives hope to some and raises questions in others. The book's title pays
homage to the traditions at Texas A&M University, the author's alma mater.
The institution, the Corps of Cadets, and its time honored customs serve as the
backdrop for the inspirational tribute to a man who served his country in three
wars; World War II, Korea, and Vietnam while also caring for family. Whether
the reader is looking for inspiration or entertainment, "Silver Taps"