Monday, December 14, 2009

Review: World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware by James Diehl

World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware is a book unlike any other ever written. In its pages are profiles of 50 ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things during a time unlike any other in American history.

These are men and women who today call southern Delaware home. In the 1940s, these brave Americans put their lives on hold to fight for freedom and democracy against the horrific threat imposed on the world by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler.

When Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. These men and women were a big part of that change; they fought to protect our freedom and our way of life.

Among the amazing stories you’ll read in World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware are:

  • A United States Marine who was a part of the 1945 attack on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. He was one of 17 members of his company who survived, a company that numbered more than 300 at the beginning of the attack.
  • An Army soldier who was responsible for uncovering Adolph Hitler’s enormous, and illegally gained, fortune toward the end of World War II.
  • An Army navigator who led a group of 500 B-29s over Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, the day the Japanese surrendered to the United States.
  • A United States Navy machinist’s mate who narrowly survived a Japanese kamikaze attack.
  • A United States Marine who witnessed the horrific attack on Pearl Harbor from the deck of a nearby ship.
  • Men who survived German prisoner of war camps.
  • First–hand accounts from the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion.
  • Two black soldiers who served their country with pride during World War II.
  • Men who liberated German concentration camps.
  • A woman who served her country by becoming a part of the “Rosie the Riveter” movement.
  • And much, much more.

Readers of World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware will also receive a bonus section on Fort Miles, the immense, heavily fortified military facility built to protect the mouth of the Delaware Bay and the city of Philadelphia from an attack by the German navy. Today, the fort is being renovated and will soon become one of the largest World War II museums in the country.

Received from the publicist for review.

This was very nicely done with each profile of a sufficient length to fully capture each soldier's story. I really liked the variety of service personnel profiled, from all levels, positions, and branches. It was also nice that the author included profiles of two women as well. The plethora of pictures of the heroes now, as well as in the past really gave me a connection with them and made me feel as if I knew them a little bit more.

This one gets three stars. It was well written and genuinely captured the stories and personalities of the soldiers. The variety of stories and experiences recorded was truly amazing! It is important that these stories are told and it is quite nice that they are included in a single volume. It certainly made me wonder about the vets in my own community.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Ryan G said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, especially for history buffs. Great review.

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