Greetings and Salutations...

Just a short note to say hello, and introduce myself.

My name's Edward Carpenter; call-sign is Carp, if you prefer that sort of thing. I'm a Marine Corps Major and a Foreign Area Officer, wrapping up 2 years in Indonesia and heading back to scenic Beaufort (Fightertown USA) this summer.

The son of a WWII Hump pilot, I started out as a Huey crew chief in the Army, then joined Uncle Sams Misguided Children as an officer, which has taken me to Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and a few points in between.

The Queen of Washington

Title: The Queen of Washington
Author: Francis Hamit
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Robert Schaefer

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1595951717

Rose Greenhow has betrayed her husband and her country, and In Mexico City and San Francisco in 1850, she attempts to save their marriage and reputations while becoming involved with French entrepreneur Jose Y. Limiantour, whose land claims in California are a point of contention between them. Rose returns to Washington and becomes the leading hostess and politicla opperative there in the 1850s, while Robert works against the Limantour land claims as Associate Law Counsel for the California Land Commission, a job which leads to to social and business relations with international lawyer and then Senator Judah P. Benjamin. After Robert mysteriously dies in 1854. Rose becomes even more powerful and the close friend of politicians such as James Buchanan and Henry Wilson. When Lincoln is elected she becomes an active spy for the new Confederate government, is caught and imprisoned for several months and then sent South to Richmond. .

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Hamit, Francis

Kelsmeath, 1940 (The World War Two Series)

Title: Kelsmeath, 1940 (The World War Two Series)
Author: David Andrew Westwood
Genre: Fiction, Historical
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B0055KXOU8

The Battle of Britain as experienced by a young Royal Air Force pilot and his nurse girlfriend, who try to lead a normal life during a summer when the average life of a pilot is a mere two weeks, and invasion by Nazi Germany is expected any day.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Westwood, David Andrew

Dog Tags: The History, Personal Stories, Cultural Impact, and Future of Military Identification

Title: Dog Tags: The History, Personal Stories, Cultural Impact, and Future of Military Identification
Author: Ginger Cuculo
Genre: Non-Fiction & Fiction
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0983305706

The 100 year anniversary of the official use of American personal identity tags, affectionately known as Dog Tags, recently passed without fanfare. We are currently in a war where the Dog Tag is once again a highly personal item to warriors of every service and to their families as well. Every Dog Tag carries its own human interest story. Receiving it, hanging it around the neck, and feeling it is a silent statement of commitment. The tag itself individualizes the human being who wears it within a huge and faceless organization. While the armed forces demand obedience and duty to a higher cause, the Dog Tag, hanging under each service member's shirt and close to their chest, becomes a part of them. It brings comfort to that fear of every soldier facing death: I do not want to be forgotten; I will not become an "unknown."

Understanding and sharing the history of Dog Tags and their deeply personal meaning in today's world is at the core of this book.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Cuculo, Ginger