Soldiers’s Stories & Kiwi Air Power

Soldier's Stories

Soldier’s Stories

One day I happened across a blog written by Myra Miller and I stopped in for a visit.  Ms. Miller and her family were compiling stories from WWII to be published soon.  I was invited to submit one of Smitty’s letters – and I most certainly took her up on her offer!

Myra Miller PhD.

Myra Miller PhD.

Smitty’s Letter X, Jungle Juice was accepted and now, appears on pages 286-288.  I received my copy right before Christmas!  The timing could not have been better.

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The volume: Soldiers stories: A Collection of WWII Memoirs is out on the stands!  This 317 page historical collection honors our Greatest Generation veterans, both male and female soldiers, from theaters of operations around the world.  They will grab and transport you into the past and once you are there – you witness the tears, the laughs, the success and the failures which created a complete transformation of this world of ours.

The design is by Myra Miller and the illustrations by Ken Miller which make up a handsome edition to anyone’s library.  My copy is a welcomed addition to mine.

If you wish a copy for yourself, please visit Myra’s site HERE!  It is also available through Barnes and Noble.

Click on images to enlarge.

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Also, I downloaded a copy of Matthew Wright’s Kiwi Air Power, that he was graciously offering to us free of charge [and will be doing so again in the future] and can be found on Amazon.  You can also download a copy from Matthew Wright’s blog by clicking on the book cover, located HERE!

Matthew Wright, author

Matthew Wright, author

Right up front, Mr. Wright informs the reader that he will show the how and the why of the New Zealand’s Air Force.  The rather rough start, their combat and now, their continuation – rather than the what.

Mr. Wright’s writing expertise together with personal remarks from the men themselves, you can visualize all they supplied in men and machines to support England in the war, some airmen serving with the RAF, and on into the Cold War.  You read about the political struggles and strength of will that prevailed.

I am enjoying my copy very much and suggest anyone interested in history – quick – get a copy for yourself!

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Farewell Salutes – 

William Anderson – Jones County, GA; US Navy, WWII, Korea & Vietnam, Sr. Chief (Ret.)

Robert Caplan – Knoxville, TN; US Navy, WWII

The Big Picture...

The Big Picture…

Thomas Corbett – Dorchester, MA; USMC, WWII, USS Bennington

Kenneth Fransen – Sun City, AZ; US Army, Korea

Thelburn Knepp – Peoria, IL; US Army, WWII, ETO, 89th Infantry Division

Bruce Linzy – Gay, FL; US Army, Company C/1st Batt./87th RCT

John Murray – Bronx, NY; US Air Force

Julian Parrish – San Diego, CA; USMC, Vietnam, 1st Force Recon, Colonel

Robert Thamm – NY & FL, US Navy

Don Witherspoon – Lamar, SC; US Army, Korea, 9th Reg./2nd Infantry Division, Silver Star

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on December 30, 2016, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 103 Comments.

  1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year GP.

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  2. That’s so exciting! Bet your dad wouldn’t have anticipated anything like that ever happening with one of his letters. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

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    • I used to ask him why he never sent them to a magazine or anything to be published. He just nixed it off, saying that no one would be interested in what he wrote so long ago. Surprise!!
      Happy New Year to you as well, my very dear friends (and teachers!)

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  3. I will certainly add Soldiers’ Stories to my reading list!

    A quick note the Barnes and Noble Link send me to a book tittle “My Man Jeeves”…

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  4. Nice to see your Dad’s letters getting wider circulation.

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  5. The book is quite interesting and the more than did their part to help keep the Allied countries free.

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    • We did have a wee air force once.

      But a ‘progressive’ prime ministress cancelled it. The ‘boys in blue’ are now a ferrying and reconnaissance service while our great military genius PM went on to serve (herself) in top jobs at the so-called United Nations.

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  6. Exciting, & it looks like a beautiful book!

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  7. Happy New Year, GP!

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  8. Congratulations on the published story!!! I remember reading about Smitty! Nice!! Happy New Year!! ❤

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  9. Thank wünsche ein gutes neue Jahr lieber Gruß Gislinde

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  10. Congratulations! Thanks for the heads-up about the books. Have a Happy New Year!

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  11. A very happy and successful 2017 to you. Thank you for all your support as well. All the very best. Chris.
    https:///awritersden.wordpress.com/
    https://1951club.wordpress.com/

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  12. Okay, I get it – How to lose weight? Get outta the blizzard!
    All good wishes 🙂

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  13. Good to see your father’s story published in the book! Congratulations, and Happy New Year!

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  14. thank you!
    may your new year
    be filled with calm
    peaceful breaths 🙂

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  15. I know exactly what you mean but reporting (and digging and compiling and researching) is work too and without it their stories might be forgotten. You perform a vital role in seeing that their stories live on. I love the work you do (and if I knew how to do it, this is where I’d add a cute smiley face).

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  16. Oh! It’s wonderful that you got one of Smitty’s letters published in what looks like a great book. You know I think all of your writing should be preserved and published so that’s fantastic news. Happy New Year! Thank you for enriching my life with your all your excellent, informative, interesting blog entries

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  17. I wish you a Happy new year 2017. I am looking forward to read your blog next year !

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  18. Wish you all the best for 2017

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  19. Congrats to you on behalf of Smitty

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  20. Whoo hoo!! Well done GP! I think you are already an accomplished writer 😊Have a great 2017!!

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  21. Congratulations on having one of Smittys story’s published, maybe it’s time the complete memories were put into book form gp.
    New Years Eve here and temps in the high 30′.
    Best wishes for the New Year Mate.

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    • That would be something, eh? I don’t think I have enough to actually make a book and know I don’t have the money to self-publish, but who knows!!
      Happy New Year, buddy!! Ring in the New Year with that great family of yours!

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  22. Thanks for sharing this with us, GP!

    HapHapHappy New Year HUGS!!! and thank you for being a positive part of my 2016! 🙂

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  23. Happy New Year to you and yours, and happy blogging for 2017!

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  24. Congratulations! Glad that your Dad’s letters are published. All the best!

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  25. Congrats to you and the others who are included in the book. It looks wonderful.

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  26. GP Cox… we are humbled by your great review of Soldiers’ Stories. The addition of Smitty’s Jungle Juice story was a no-brainer to us! We saw it as a way to get people to your blog to read more about Smitty. The letters are truly amazing. Thank you again for seeing the win/win in this sharing of stories. We are honored to promote you and what you do on behalf of WWII veterans. The stories must be preserved for the next generation. Myra

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    • Myra, you have been wonderful through all this publishing process. You kept me up to date on every step. I can’t thank you enough for getting Smitty’s letter into your book, despite me being almost too late!!
      HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family!!

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  27. It’s wonderful these stories are being preserved!

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  28. That’s great that one of your father’s wonderful letters has been published in this book. You know how much I enjoy them. Happy New Year!

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    • I was actually late in submitting the letters, but Dr. Miller pushed it through! I am thrilled to see his letter in print – it is probably one time I proved Smitty wrong – he said no one would be interested in reading his letters!
      Happy New Year! Cheers 🍸

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      • I don’t know how many you have, but I definitely think the ones I’ve read are publishable as a collection, even if you self-publish. Letters like that—written about historic events and times and funny and touching and beautifully written—are important historical documents that should be cherished!

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  29. Thanks for a great year of fascinating tales and important history, G. I am looking forward to continuing my education on WW II in 2017. 🙂 The best to you and your family in the coming year. –Curt

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  30. What an honor to have your dad’s letter included in this precious book of memoirs about the American heroes of WW2! Receiving the book just in time for Christmas must have truly been a moment of great joy and pride CP.

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  31. Congratulations and I am so pleased for you, you work so hard to give us this wonderful site. I so wish you and your Family every good wish for 2017, may we all have Peace wherever we are. Take care. Anna.

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  32. Thanks for providing us all with such an informative and interesting year. My mother’s brother, Richard Peers, flew and died as part of WWII H.M.S. Sparrow Hawk. This posting was a good reminder!

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  33. Happy New Year, GP — thank you for a year of memorable and meaningful posts.

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  34. Heartiest congratulations. Once it is print, it will be there for ever for people to refer to.

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    • Thank you! I just wish Smitty knew how many people enjoy his letters! I used to always be after him to try and get them published, but he never thought anyone would be interested in him.

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  35. Great to see you in print, GP! Thanks for all the great posts, and for your dedication during 2016. I wish you and your family the very best for 2017, from England.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  36. Hi – many thanks for the shout out for my book! Much appreciated. The promo period is over (Amazon limit the number of days I can do that each quarter) but I’ll be offering the book again free in a while. It’s always free to subscribers of Amazon’s Prime service.

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  37. Thank you very much for including my post!!

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