Author Bob D’Angelo delivers a well-researched and informative story about a remarkable athlete who stormed Omaha Beach and paid a heavy price over 70 years ago. Thanks to NEVER FEAR The Life and Times of Forest K. Ferguson, we learn of a giant among men, Forest Ferguson.
The author gathers infinite details about this man and our greatest-generation culture.
Small town legend Forest Ferguson becomes a Florida All-American football player and later plays football for the Army against NFL teams, as was the style in the early forties. In these and other sports like track, boxing, and basketball, “Fergie” excelled. Without the author’s exhaustive research, this wonderful American leader’s walk in life and those he knew may have been forgotten.
Leaders were destined to storm the German pill boxes on D-Day. D’Angelo reveals how Lt. Ferguson earned the Distinguished Service Cross on that grim day, June 6, 1944. Although neurological deficits from battle injury on D-Day limited Ferguson for life, he still served… and his brand of discipline can be appreciated by any reader. Thanks to the author, we are given the opportunity.
MWSA Reviewer: Hodge Wood
The story of Forest K. Ferguson Jr. is one of athletic greatness at tiny Stuart High School in the late 1930s and at the University of Florida in the early 1940s. "Fergie" was a World War Ii hero who won the Distinguished Service Cross on D-Day, and paid dearly for his bravery as his promising athletic career -- and life -- would be cut short by his sacrifices. Longtime Florida sports journalist Bob D'Angelo digs into the past and presents a fresh look at a man whose skills and courage were evident on the playing field -- and on the field of battle.