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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.

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Author: Patricia Walkow

Publication Announcement

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The War Within, the Story of Josef

Author: Patricia Walkow

The War Within, the Story of Josef, is a creative nonfiction biography of Josef, a teenage Christian Polish slave laborer, forced to work in Nazi Germany during World War II. The setting is Nazi Germany, French Occupied Germany after the end of World War II, and New York City. The span of years for the story is 1943-1954. Josef was a real person, and experienced all of the events in the story.

At the outset of the story, Josef awakens after his left leg was amputated due to an accident in the factory where he worked in Southern Germany. A talented mechanic, even at his young age, Josef has a natural ability to understand, repair and fabricate machinery. Because of his usefulness, his life is spared, although slave laborers are normally considered expendable, and when injured, are summarily executed. German citizens are prohibited from helping slave laborers. Yet, Willie, a German ambulance driver only a few years older than Josef, saves Josef’s life by taking him to the hospital and allowing him to recuperate in his own home. Willie lives with his mother, Sonya, a loyal German.

Through the course of his recuperation, Josef fights his hatred of the Germans; Sonya roils with emotion as she comes to see the injured boy as a human being, rather than an enemy, and Willie questions his own motivations for helping the young Pole. Ella, a young German girl who is a cook and maid in a nearby house, befriends Josef. She struggles with her own mother’s decision to remove her from school, forcing her to work as a servant. Josef and Ella fall in love and keep their love a secret through the war. When the war ends, they remain in French-occupied Germany, marry, and start a family. As a mixed Polish-German couple they face the ire of the Germans, and, when their eldest son develops tuberculosis, they fear losing him. Through the years, Josef and Willie deepen their friendship, and Ella and Josef decide to emigrate to the US.

This story offers a window into the ways some Germans broke the rules to help their declared enemies. It offers the reader a view into the lives of ordinary people through the last two years of the World War II, Allied occupation, near-starvation, and the agonizing decision to leave Europe and settle in a new land.

Order at:

amazon.com  or barnesandnoble.com …Or have your bookstore order the book.

ISBN numbers are:

ISBN-13: 978-1519181015

ISBN-10: 1519181019

 

Patricia Walkow is an author whose work has appeared in three award-winning anthologies: Corrales Writing Group 2013 Anthology, Corrales Writing Group 2014 Anthology, and Currents, Corrales Writing Group 2015 Anthology. A new set of her short stories is scheduled for publication in a 2017 anthology, titled Passages. She was a columnist for The Glendale [California] News Press, and Bethlehem [Pennsylvania] Globe Times. She has published articles in Albuquerque, the Magazine, the Corrales Comment and Corrales MainStreet News. She was editor-in-chief of Corrales [New Mexico] MainStreet News for three years.

Ms. Walkow also co-authored Where People and Projects Meet, a project-management book offering tools and techniques for managing the people side of projects, published in 2010. Her newest work, a 110,000 word biographical novel, The War Within, the Story of Josef, was published on June 27th, 2016. It is the story of a teenager who grows to manhood in World War II Germany, where he was a slave laborer.

She was awarded third place for her short story, The Far Moist End of the Earth, in the 2016 William Faulkner Literary Competition. Several of her other short stories have won awards from the New Mexico Press Women organization.

 


MUSINGS FROM MAMF WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE PAUL ZOLBROD

As I sat in the radiology waiting room at the local Veterans Administration Hospital a few days ago, listening to a fellow patient whom I got to know only as Bill, I found myself wishing that my Facebook friends could hear some of the stories we vets swap. While the grim front line stuff is rarely if ever mentioned, the yarns we share should circulate more widely. Our Americans know very little about our everyday routines while serving, which is too bad. So much of what we carry with us into our old age is woven into the American fabric. Without that knowledge among non-serving fellow Americans, our full identity as a nation is overlooked. After all, the country has undergone seemingly endless wars and campaigns spanning the twentieth century.

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MILITARY HUMOR, HISTORY, AND HARDSHIP FEATURED IN “G.I. JOKES” EXHIBIT IN ABQ SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY

For immediate release.

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MILITARY HUMOR, HISTORY, AND HARDSHIP FEATURED IN “G.I. JOKES” EXHIBIT IN ABQ SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY

The Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) exhibit, “G.I. Jokes,” a (somewhat) lighthearted look at military life, opens with a public reception at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 in the Bott Auditorium of the Albuquerque Special Collections Library, Edith at Central NE, and continues through December 2.

Humor has always been part of military life, and “G.I. Jokes” shows just how anyone who has been through military basic training or really tough duty or combat has always found a mate or two who recognized something funny in their midst. The exhibit, however, is more than jokes – it deals with the irony, the controversies, and unique challenges of military experiences through a collection of cartoons, anecdotes, and reflections of some of the artists who contributed to the show.

Created by historian and Army veteran Ron Panebouef and Marine wife Stacy Marinaro and curated by MAMF founder and director Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, the display includes works by more than a dozen prominent writers and artists. Panel art was designed by Dominic Ruiz.

Visitors, besides enjoying a smile or a chuckle or a nostalgic memory and perhaps shedding a tear, will also learn the origin of some of our most popular daily expressions and colorful military phrases.

“G.I. Jokes” is free to the public and fun for the whole family. The Albuquerque Special Collections Library is at 423 Central Avenue NE, Tel: (505) 848-1376. It is open every day except Sunday and Monday from 10 – 6, Thursdays from 11– 7. It is sponsored by Kaufman’s West, Comic Warehouse, Rio Grande Credit Union, and TLC Books.


The Museum of the American Military Family is compiling stories for a book reflecting on war…

Attention New Mexicans, who are serving in the military, are military veterans, are members of a military family, and would like to write about your experience in that capacity…

Paul Zolbrod, Writer-in-Residence for the Albuquerque-based Museum of the American Military Family is seeking stories for its anthology “From the Front Line to the Home Front: New Mexicans Reflect on War.”

This anthology will include first-hand stories from all perspectives—service members, family members and friends who share their perspectives and experiences. Submissions can be about the recent Middle East campaigns, Vietnam, the Korean War era or World War II—and everything in between. All branches and ranks of the military should be represented.

How you can contribute:

Your story can be as long or as short as you choose. Just make it heartfelt, honest and interesting. We are looking for stories of trial and triumph and loss, stories that demonstrate the warmth and humor of military family life along with its inevitable tensions, offbeat stories that illustrate the variety that accompanies military life in war times–in other words– anything you want to tell of.

You don’t have to consider yourself an accomplished writer to participate. We will provide editorial services to sharpen your contribution.

The book will be arranged by stories of:

Pre-deployment,
Deployment
Post-deployment
Legacy & Aftermath
For more information or to submit a story, please e-mail Writer-in-Residence Paul Zolbrod at mamfwriter@gmail.com.

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2016. Tentative publication date is scheduled for the fall. All stories become part of the Museum of the American Military Family Special Collection Library.


Some Praise for “A Look Back in Time”

“Bernard is always one of the more interesting persons in the room and this memoir helped confirm for me “how” that is possible. His background and travels, friends and family, success and trials make his life and this book an adventure worth living and reading. Bernard says “If you knew your light was dimming, but had memories to share, would you take the time to write them down…” We are so fortunate that he took the time to write them down for all of us to enjoy.                                               -James Andrews    Founder of Social People (@keyinfluencer) http://socialpeople.tv.com

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“A fascinating, insightful, inspiring and sometimes hilarious chronicle of life while growing up in a military family. Bernard’s ability to encapsulate life-changing events provides us with examples of how to triumph over daily obstacles, while learning valuable lessons that will guide our futures. Although set in the 1950s, his journey supplies relevant, timely solutions and strategies for managing today’s issues and the unique challenges associated with a military lifestyle”               Colonel Arnold R. Goodson, United States Army (Retired)

 Product Details                                                                     

Paperback: 320 pages

ISBN-10: 0692313044

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 9, 2015

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For Additional Information

Dr. Allen Dale Olson

militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net

(505) 400-3849

 

MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY & LEARNING CENTER (MAMF) LOCATES AT BATAAN MILITARY ACADEMY (BMA)

 Groups Call Move a “Good Fit”

Albuquerque, NM – An Albuquerque charter school has just joined forces with the only museum in the country dedicated to the collection and preservation of the stories, documents, and artifacts of America’s military families. Both the Bataan Military Academy Charter School (BMA) and the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) have moved into 5555 McLeod Boulevard NE, Albuquerque.

BMA serves grades nine through twelve, meets U.S. Navy standards in curriculum and in Naval sciences, including standards in physical fitness and in honoring traditional Naval standards. The school is in partnership with parents, teachers, military organizations, and with the military services. Principal, “Captain” Jan Zink, works closely with the Academy’s Board of Governors, chaired by Dr. Alan Holmquist.

BMA students are cadets grouped as in a military organization and follow the rank structure of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Corps (NJROTC). In addition to traditional high school activities and sports, BMA cadets also form color guards, drill teams, and rifle teams. The school is named for the 70,000 soldiers and sailors forced to surrender on Luzon in 1942, some 70,000 of whom died during the infamous “Bataan Death March.” Many of those who died were from New Mexico. Annually BMA cadets simulate that march in a 26-mile hike at White Sands Proving Grounds.

MAMF, founded four years ago by Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, a DoD “Brat,” an Army wife and an Army mother, has been active throughout Albuquerque– even without a facility– by presenting documentary film programs, stage performances, military ceremonies and major exhibits in various venues, including the National Nuclear Museum, the South Broadway Cultural Center, the International Balloon Museum, and the Wheels Museum.

MAMF’s volunteer Board of Directors includes an Artist-in-Residence, a Writer-in Residence, and liaison chairs to military spouses, military organizations, “Brats” and Veterans’ organizations. Its programs reach throughout the country through its Operation Footlocker, mobile exhibits which go to public schools, nursing homes, USO events, and to reunions of former students of Defense Department schools. MAMF is a 501 c 3 not for profit.

MAMF has a partnership with the American Overseas Schools Historical Society which represents thousands of former teachers and administrators in the Defense Department world-wide school system and with “Overseas Brats,” representing thousands of adult military “Brats.”

Till this semester, BMA had been on Mountain Road in Albuquerque, and MAMF existed as an on-line presence. In the McLeod facility, MAMF occupies the second floor; BMA the ground floor. Both Captain Zink and Executive Director Woessner believe the shared home makes a “good fit” for the school and the museum. They agree that the MAMF library, archives, exhibits, and historical folios of military family life are valuable resources for the cadets, who in turn, provide ceremonial support for MAMF programs.

 

The Museum is open by appointment only.

Tel: 505-504-3860

E-mail: militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net

For additional information, visit:

http://bataanmilitaryacademy.org and/or http://www.museumoftheamericanmilitaryfamily.org.

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