Member Books for October 2015

Nonfiction

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 978-0-12-420054-8.

Business 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 detected.

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 978-1-4917-6691-0.

For his 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 journey. 

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 service.”

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. Army.

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 beloved Mildred. 

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, 1813-14. 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.

Fiction

Balance of Night: A Military Procedural. By Maj. Allan P. Avery, USMC (Ret), Life Member. Amazon Digital Services. ASIN B00PYN61VK.

Sometimes the 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 dangerous waters.

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 (Ret). Gordian Knot Books. ISBN 978-1-937530-66-2.

From 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.

Powerfully 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 (Ret). Xlibris. ASIN B00Q7UDVTO. 

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Memoir

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.

For 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 Life. By Capt. Tom Maxwell, USN (Ret), Life Member. WestBow Press. ISBN 978-1490850863. 

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" delivers.