Won the War....or Ya Gotta be Kiddin'!
Ya Got Away with That?!
That is a strange title. However,
there have been many books written about war
particularly about World War II. The movie, "Saving
Private Ryan" was the catalyst for this book.
I saw that movie. It was a unique
experience for me because attending with me were only
my two sons-in-law rather than my wife, before this,
always my companion. They knew I had served in combat.
That was the extent of their knowledge. They learned
As we drove home, the silence that
prevailed gave testament to its effect upon them. They
had really never given much thought to what it might
have been to have served constrained by the system,
where one has no free freedom. You must conform. You
do what some…at times…. a real jerk …tells you
What this website and book hopes
to describe in detail is the way these people lived
and functioned as warriors. This in reality identifies
and defines the American character and spirit. These
attributes are what make our Nation the greatest in
There are some sad references to
actions or events included. As a cover page states,
what we recorded are those stories that were amazing,
inexplicable, humorous, informative or religious in
Upon your becoming a service
person, you take on a different persona. You become
one with your colleagues particularly those with whom
you are in combat. What is astounding is the mix of
people, who become your “family”, your buddies.
Mine included a watch repairer, a construction company
vice president, a truck driver, a hair dresser and a
Ten years ago, the thrust of this
book and its web site, was to attract stories from all
over the world, from any service person, from any
nation, from any conflict. We failed. Hopefully this
time we will not. Again, we welcome all of the above.