The San Joaquin Valley’s rich history of courage, military service, duty and honor is preserved for future generations in Janice Stevens’ new book Stories of Service, Volume II.
In this fascinating sequel to Stevens’ original Stories of Service, ordinary soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians from the Valley tell in their own words their experiences during a half century of armed conflict.
The one hundred personal memoirs in Stories of Service, Volume II record Valley veterans’ trials, tragedies and triumphs from Pearl Harbor to the Mekong Delta. These are stories of harrowing combat, separation from loved ones, survival in POW camps, boredom, fear, bravery, victory and returning home — plus all the bizarre, incongruous and humorous events of wartime and military service.
Stories of Service, Volume II includes amazing war memoirs from veterans such as Navy veteran Richie Richardson, who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but nearly lost an arm after a simple truck accident in New Guinea; Paul Petredis, who was the only U.S. soldier to escape from North Korean captivity during the Korean War; Marine Corps veteran Bill Helton, whose Guantanamo Bay garrison took part in a little-known operation during the Cuban Missile Crisis; Valley resident Sing Houngviengkham, who escaped Communist dictatorship in Laos and refugee camps in Thailand to come to the United States; and many more stories of men and women who endured the hardest — and most glorious — moments of the twentieth century.
In Stories of Service, Volume II, Janice Stevens proves once again that extraordinary history is made by ordinary men and women who rise to the challenge to do extraordinary things. Audience: Military veterans and their families and military, American and California history readers
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