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Pacific Paratrooper Book Library – YTD

Pacific Paratrooper

I was originally planning to include this bibliography of sorts at the end of this blog, but I did ask what books, Gabrielle, over at gehistorian had, so that site now wants to see mine.  My library is always growing, so I’m certain there will be more added to this along the way.

First shelf

WWII: A Tribute in Art and Literature – Time/Life
Return to the Philippines – Time/Life Books
The Pacific War Remembered – John Mason Jr.
Veterans of the VFW Pictorial History – Volumes 2 & 4
Movie Lot to Beachhead – Look
US Army Paratroopers 1943-45 – Gordon Rottman
Five Came Back – Mark Harris
Surviving the Sword – Brian MacArthur
Going Home to Glory – David Eisenhower
Combat Pacific – Don Cogdon
The Last Great Victory – Stanley Weintraub
The Rising Sun – John Toland
Rakassans – Gen. E.M. Flanagan
The Pacific War – Saburo…

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Press Release: SAIGON KIDS: An American Military Brat Comes of Age in 1960’s Vietnam

For Release September 2017

A distinguished musician and compelling American storyteller announces his debut book–

SAIGON KIDS: An American Military Brat Comes of Age in 1960’s Vietnam

On-sale in September 2017 at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books & Books and other top retailers. Publishing in conjunction with the Fall ‘17 release of Ken Burn’s PBS Documentary, “The Vietnam War”.

Miami, September 22, 2017— A new American storyteller, revealing true experiences of growing up in Vietnam, announces his debut book, SAIGON KIDS: An American Military Brat Comes of Age in 1960’s Vietnam, coming out in September 2017. Saigon will be released in conjunction with Ken Burn’s PBS Documentary.

In his debut book, prominent musician and experienced traveller, Les Arbuckle, invites readers to delve into the true memories and tales of growing up as a military brat in 1960’s Vietnam. For him, this isn’t just about the destructive war and tumult surrounding political and social issues. It’s about the exploration and understanding of experiences that a foreign land, fraught with tension, brought to American coming-of-age youths. The war, and the events leading up to it, provide an unusual backdrop to the children of military parents. Nothing about living in Saigon, Vietnam is as expected, and none of them will ever be the same again. In SAIGON KIDS, we are allowed a rare look into a long unexplored experience in history.

In SAIGON KIDS, Les Arbuckle:
• Touches upon what his childhood and expectations were like before moving to Saigon, Vietnam;

• examines how vastly different his expectations of Saigon were from reality;

• recalls the lives of his family and friends as they struggled to lead a normal life in an absurdly abnormal situation;

• recounts his first-hand experiences of disturbing, infamous acts and events that shocked the world;

• provides new information and insight to a period in history that has yet to be fully revealed. About the Author Les Arbuckle is a prominent musician and new American storyteller. In the years between his birth in 1949 and his nineteenth birthday, Les lived in Texas, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Hawaii and Vietnam as a dependent of the US Navy. His father, Bryant Joseph Arbuckle, was a Chief Journalist who managed the Armed Forces Radio Station in Saigon, Vietnam, from June, 1962 until June, 1964. After a stint with the 50th Army Band at Fort Monroe, Virginia Les attended the Berklee College of Music (BA) and New England Conservatory (MM). He is a professional saxophonist living near San Diego, California with his wife, Joyce Lucia. He has performed with a variety of musical acts including The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, The San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Orchestra and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. His recordings for the Audioquest label feature well-known jazz musicians Kenny Barron, Mike Stern, Cecil McBee, John Abercrombie and Victor Lewis. Published by Mango Publishing Group (Miami). For further details, please contact Mango at info@mango.bz or 305.428.2299.


Last Call to Submit Your Story for the 2017 Anthologies

WE ARE STILL SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR:

***HOME FRONT HEARTH: Recipes from Military Families around the World

This cookbook will be published in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit, Host Nation Hospitality. Seeking recipes and stories to go with them, or food-related stories. Deadline: June 30, 2017.  Recipes/Stories should be sent to: militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net

***WAR CHILD: Lessons Learned From Growing Up In War

Looking for first-hand stories from all perspectives—service members who were teenagers while deployed into combat, adults who, as children, grew up in a war zone, or children who experienced a parent or sibling serving in war.  Submissions can be about the recent campaigns, Vietnam, the Korean War era or World War II—and conflicts in between. All pieces should be from a child’s perspective and, if applicable, include a reflection or lesson learned from the experience. We especially would like to include stories from children and young adults whose parents are currently serving. Deadline June 30, 2017

To submit a story, please e-mail Writer-in-Residence Paul Zolbrod at mamfwriter@gmail.com.

***SHOUT!  Sharing our Truth:  An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services

Seeking first-hand experiences—good, bad, and in between—as an LGBT Veteran or family member, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that tells parts of your story that which will help others who live, or want to understand, the LGBT military family experience. Stories should reflect military experiences and/or family life.

Deadline June 30, 2017.  Send submissions to: mamfshout@gmail.com .

 


Review: THE ROAD AHEAD – The Forever War

Edited by Adrian Bonenberger and Brian Castner. Published by Pegasus Books of New York and London in 2017. $24.95

9781681773070_d5f1d.thumbnailReviewed by MAMF Board Member Allen Dale Olson

If you have never experienced combat, chances are that anything you have assumed about it is incorrect. That becomes evident as you read through the stories of 24 seasoned combat veterans in The Road Ahead, each providing a view of America’s “Forever War.”

This 349-page volume is one of the newest anthologies to arrive in the library of the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF), a gift from the publisher, signed by the principal editor.

Each of the contributing writers saw serious combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, and each of them has written for some of America’s most prestigious journals – The New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, and so on. They know how to make their words reflect the horrors, the challenges, the triumphs, the failures of combat along with both the misguided and the inspired decisions of commanders and politicians who give shape to these never-ending wars.

The stories are presented as fiction, but there is no doubting that the stories are fact, true experiences, written from having been there.

One story takes you through the pain and anguish of changed family relations after deployment , another details what it’s like to see your bones protrude from where your lower leg flesh used to be, and yet another takes you inside a tribal meeting in an Afghani village to learn just how the elders view the American presence.

These writers hide nothing, spare nothing. Candidly they shed tears and they rage, they show compassion, and they boast. The women veterans are frank about sexuality in combat zones and their personal need to succeed in every way concerning the mission.

This book is literature of our new times, a nation constantly at war; it describes a new reality of who we are as a nation, having reached a place from which we cannot retreat; but more importantly, it points out that war is far more costly than the dollars needed to fight it. And finally, it shows the reality that for some, for many, returning to civilian society is more challenging than facing an enemy on the battlefield.

MAMF is proud to add this volume to its library


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