Non-Fiction

DAI Uy HOCH "A Legend In Remote Seas"

Title: DAI Uy HOCH "A Legend In Remote Seas"
Author: Wesley A. Hoch
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Reviewer: Charlene Rubush

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1615793941

"With a strong faith, you can fight a war in more ways than one," the authors brother, David R. Hoch, says. " I hope that this book will point out the tremendous effort and dedication that all Vietnamese veterans displayed when they showed how your faith can give you tremendous strength.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Hoch, Wesley A.

Lullabies for Lieutenants: Memoir of a Marine Forward Observer in Vietnam, 1965-1966

Title: Lullabies for Lieutenants: Memoir of a Marine Forward Observer in Vietnam, 1965-1966
Author: Franklin Cox
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Reviewer: Hodge Wood

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0786447192

Capturing the chaotic nature of the U.S. Marine experience at war in Vietnam, this memoir recounts the experiences of a young officer in a series of unrelated short pieces. In a narrative as fragmented as the war itself, the only resolution is the same one reached by the Marines who fought--the conclusion of a tour of duty with no happy ending. Each chapter describes a specific event, a story of emotion, or a remarkable person (some are heroes, some are cowards). The reader lives the experience alongside the author, gaining a true sense of the pulse-pounding contact, surrealism, pathos, humor, and beauty that defined one of the low points of the American experience.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Cox, Frank

Wing Wife: How To Be Married to a Marine Fighter Pilot

Title: Wing Wife: How To Be Married to a Marine Fighter Pilot
Author: Marcia J. Sargent
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Reviewer: Hodge Wood

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1453809260

Marcia never flew high performance aircraft, yet she learned to appreciate and maneuver through the irreverent, technical, and dangerous world of the Marine aviator--at and under her husband's wing. In WING WIFE: How to Be Married to a Fighter Pilot, a memoir of the first few years of her marriage to a Marine jet jockey, Marcia navigates the unfamiliar skies of officer's wives, military expectations, and the loss of loved ones. Over time she realizes what she risks by loving a man who flies. WING WIFE brings the reader intimately into the bawdy, comedic, and tragic world of the Marine Corps aviator and the aviator's wife.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Sargent, Marcia

Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives

Title: Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives
Author: Jocelyn Green
ISBN: 0-8024-5251-5
Genre: Non-Fiction Sub-Category: Spiritual/Religious
Reviewed by: Ron Camarda

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0802452515

Synopsis of the book, submitted by the author.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Green, Jocelyn

Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma

Title: Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma
Author: Leila Levinson
Genre: Creative Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction, Autobiography, History
Reviewer: Weymouth Symmes

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1934980552

After the death of her father, a World War II Army doctor, Leila Levinson discovered a concealed box of shocking photos he had taken of victims of a Nazi slave-labor camp. "A foot emerged from the chaos of countless bodies, a leg. Grotesquely frozen faces. My fingers turned the photo over: Nordhausen, Germany, April 12, 1945."
Intuiting that the photos might be clues to her father’s cold silence and detachment, his intolerance of grief or sadness, she became a detective, finding and interviewing dozens of World War II veterans who also liberated Nazi concentration camps. Veteran after veteran demonstrated ongoing pain and shock. “My mind froze.” “I was never the same.”
Still traumatized by the unimaginable horrors they found, most of the veterans have spoken very little of what they witnessed, not even to their spouses or, as decades passed, to their adult children and grandchildren. “No words could convey the horror.”
As many liberators opened up to Levinson, their recalling long suppressed memories created closure for them as well as for her. Gated Grief weaves their eyewitness accounts with Levinson’s own story to portray the trauma that has followed the veterans and shaped their children’s emotional lives. Gated Grief, which includes dozens of her father’s and other veterans’ never-before-seen photos, concludes with the author’s journeying to Nordhausen in a necessary attempt to reconcile her own life.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Levinson, Leila

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