military - A Boy A Ship and A War - The journal of a Tin-Can sailor, serving on the USS VanValkenburg
Learn about WWII directly from the journal of the 18-year-old who survived it. Claud Aldrich was a Tin-Can sailor, serving on the USS Van Valkenburg - named for the captain of the USS Arizona. The crew of the USS Van Valkenburg took the ghosts of USS Arizona with them into battle.
Claud was a poor boy, one of 9 children, seven boys and two girls. At 18, he was drafted in to the United States Navy, which was an entirely new world to him. He knew nothing about life outside his home. It was a rude awakening for him, to shape up to the facts of life on a warship in a time of war. Learning to be in harm's way and survive was a hard life's lesson to learn, but if you didn't learn it - you didn't ever go home.
Proud, very proud to be one of the 'greatest generation!'
military - Betty Jean - Book 3 WAF series
The WAF Saga continues with Betty Jean, a hometown girl, who never wanted more out of life than being a wife and a mother. When circumstances in her hometown force her to flee for safety she has to abandon her dreams She joins the WAF with the hopes of becoming a Security Policewoman.
She is heartbroken when the Vietnam War breaks out and cancels her hopes and dreams.
The end of the War brings change to her life. She and others in the Armed Forces watch helplessly as their men come home to a changed Nation and an uncertain future.
WAF: Betty Jean tells their story of how they try to readjust and find love and happiness.
military - Alice - Book 2 WAF series
Our heads were held high in the blazing sun. Our hearts beat faster underneath our starched uniform blouse. Today was ours. WE ARE WAF.
Book II of the women in the military series: WAF - Alice brings us into the heartland.
"We brought them home, broken patched up and mended."
The saga of WAF continues as Alice struggles to keep love and family intact during separations, war and the tragic aftermath of war.
Her story is the story of all military servicewomen who battle constant separation and changes fraught with the problems of being a military servicewoman, wife and mother.
military - Bonnie - Book 1 WAF series
Escaping the backwoods life of Tennessee in the 50s, Bonnie had to leave it all behind, including her twin brother Bertie who was her closest confidant and adviser. Facing the unknown, the twins enlisted in different branches of the service and went their separate ways, although their bond to each other would never be broken.
Disregarding the expectations society and family place on young women of the time, Bonnie took up the banner of a military oath and dedicated her life to serving in the Women's Air Force.
Bonnie faced many a hardship as a WAF, but when she garnered the courage enough to follow her heart, the most compelling and dangerous challenges that she would ever face truly defined who she was going to become...