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Just a Boy Like Me…










Title of Book: Just a Boy Like Me…
By: Ray McCoy
Genre: Non-fiction, history, Military, WWII

Book Excerpt:

My uncle had written scores of letters to his family in Crossville from the day he reached Fort Oglethorpe to the last letter he wrote in the Replacement Depot in Italy. He was killed in a small town just outside of Rome during the Allied push from Anzio. A year earlier, he met Beecher Seegraves and Artis Winningham on the bus to basic training in June 1943 and they became instant friends. They all three had a lot in common. They were farm boys, they loved their country, and they all had the same burning desire to be back home. Two of the three would make it back to fall in love, marry, and raise a family back in Tennessee. This book is the story about these three boys sent miles away from the comfort of home to fight for the way of life that we enjoy today. Beecher and Artis give us first-hand accounts about what life was like in the war in Europe. My Uncle Andrew’s story had to come from the recollections of Beecher and Artis, the 3rd Division after action reports and his letters home. We will never know exactly what happened to Andrew, but we know what was on his mind… “he’s just a boy like me…always thinking of home.”

Author Bio: Ray McCoy was born in the small town of Manchester, TN and grew up around several WWII veterans and a father who inspired his love for American History. He heard stories of an Uncle who was killed during the breakout of Anzio in WWII, and a grandfather who survived the war. He enjoys interviewing combat veterans and sharing their stories through his writing. Ray is the author of “General Quarters!”, a nonfiction story about a signalman caught up in the war in the Pacific. He is also the author of the combat story of his Uncle and the comrades from the 3rd and 45th Army divisions who served with him during WWII. His second book is titled “Just a Boy Like Me…”

Author Contact Links:

E-mail: Rtmccoy@charter.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rtmccoy
Twitter: @raymccoy12

Where to purchase the book: Createspace paperback at https://www.createspace.com/6672399

Kindle/paperback at Amazon.com

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Frank Caldwell Hershberger Papers available for researchers

smith-studios_major-veterinary-corps_national-army_hershberger_1918Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, is pleased to announce that the Frank Caldwell Hershberger papers have been processed and are now available to researchers. The collection would be especially relevant to those who are interested in equine medicine, the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, and global food security matters.

 Frank Caldwell Hershberger Papers [2015-16.044]

 The papers were assembled by Colonel Frank Caldwell Hershberger (1888-1965) over a long international career as a veterinary medicine specialist. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs and postcards gathered into three scrapbooks dating from 1908-circa 1955.  Additional loose photographs date from circa 1905. Augmenting the visual materials are articles, diplomatic papers, typescripts, some correspondence and a diary related to Hershberger’s work for the Chinese government (1914-1918).

 Frank Caldwell Hershberger was born in Veedersburg, Indiana on 20 May 1888. An accomplished horseback rider from an early age, he spent time at George D. Rainsford’s Diamond Ranch near Chugwater, Wyoming. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Kansas City Veterinary College in 1913. Shortly thereafter, the Chinese government hired Hershberger as a veterinary surgeon specializing in horses and cattle. He traveled to Manchuria and Siberia to investigate an anthrax outbreak. He remained in the employ of the Chinese government until 1918.

 His enlistment in the Veterinary Corps during World War I led to a long career with the United States Army. He underwent cavalry training at Camp Marfa, Texas in 1919-20. He graduated from Medical Field Service School in 1923, from Army Veterinary School in 1924. From 1930-31 he attended Fort Riley’s Cavalry School, where he completed the Troop Officers’ Course. Sent to the Philippines, he inspected abattoirs for Fort Mills in Corregidor.

 A European trip in 1936-37 took Hershberger through Marseille, Berlin and Amsterdam. He gathered postcards and mementos from hotels, clubs and other sites. An assignment with the Veterinary Corps at Fort Hamilton, New York quickly led to a reappointment by the Order of the Secretary of War in February 1938. Hershberger was given the task of inspecting food shipments through the New York Port of Embarkation in Brooklyn. When the United States entered World War II, the port handled inspections for food shipments to troops overseas. Hershberger established and operated a school to provide intensive training to newly commissioned Veterinary Corps officers.

 Upon his death, Dr. Hershberger donated the bulk of his estate to Kansas State University. His relationship with the school began when his alma mater closed in 1918 and transferred its graduate records to Kansas State Agricultural College’s Division of Veterinary Medicine.


Smith Studios, Gallatin, Missouri. Frank Caldwell Hershberger, Major, Veterinary Corps, U.S. National Army. 1918.
Courtesy Frank Caldwell Hershberger Papers, Richard L. D. & Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections, K-State Libraries.

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Book Blitz: Girl in the River


Girl in the River

By Patricia Kullberg51-MaBYhn3L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_

Genre: Historical Fiction With Feminist Leanings

Release:, August 20, 2015

Publisher: Bygone Era Books, Ltd.


Her pimp wants her dead, a hooker wants her heart, and the DA just wants her …

On the eve of World War II, Portland, Oregon, battles corruption as the city falls into the hands of gangsters. Newly orphaned, Mae Rose wanders the rain-stained streets alone, on the lam from a knife-wielding pimp and mustering her own worst impulses to survive. As Mae rises to power in Portland’s gritty sex industry, she’s pursued by a district attorney who seeks to snare her for more personal reasons. In the city’s smoky nightspots, the glamorous Dr. Ruth Barnett turns heads, but by day she operates a wildly successful abortion service. At war’s end, both Mae and Ruth are caught in the crosshairs of Portland’s anti-vice crusade. The women’s survival, as well as any chance at lasting love, depends on their allegiance to each other and their abilities to outsmart the cops and politicians who no longer protect them. This novel, based in part on the true story of Dr. Ruth Barnett, takes an unflinching look at the power dynamics of sex and post-war assaults on reproductive rights.


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Cynthia Helms

516jxvapkcl-_sy346_pjlook-inside-v2topright10_sh20_An Intriguing Life: A Memoir of War, Washington, and Marriage to an American Spymaster by Cynthia Helms with Chris Black (Rowman & Littlefield), 2012, 224 pages, $24.94; $14.95 e-Book. ISBN: 978-1-4422-2131-4.

About the book:

Rowman & Littlefield’s Fall 2013 catalog states,”From wartime England to Nixon’s America and beyond, Cynthia Helms was witness to some of the seminal events of our time–Vietnam, Watergate, and especially the demoralization of the CIA in the 1970s for political purposes.  Opening with her feminist ‘epiphany’ in 1968 that led her to end her first marriage of 24 years, this memoir reveals a world where appearances always had to be questioned, where rumors and gossip carried the weight of intrigue.”

“Cynthia Helms, (90 in 2012; today she is 93), has had a remarkable, if not, strictly speaking, an intriguing, life. If there’s any person of note she hasn’t met on either side of the Atlantic, it’s not obvious from her book, co-written with Chris Black.”  (The Washington Times)

“Helms…emerges as a pioneering woman who seized her destiny at a time when women were slowly beginning to transcent expectations placed upon them to meet the fresh demands and challenges of a new era.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the author:

Cynthia Ratcliff Helms is the widow of Richard M. Helms, the ex-director of Intelligence for the United States.  Chris Black is a wirter and communications consultant.



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Wishing You Home

cover-front-wishing-800pxWishing You Home

By Eunice Boeve


How do you make a banana split? The answer? Step on it. That is one of the jokes ten-year-old Bobby Benson and his dad, fighting in Germany in this last year of WWII, send in their letters.

Wishing You Home begins with the news that Bobby’s best friend’s dad has been killed in the war. Bobby’s fear for his own dad’s safety increases.


Available at: Rowe Publishing

$12.95 (softcover)eunice-boeve-maggie rose and sass

  • 156 pages
  • Includes illustrated chapter title pages
  • 5″ x 8.5″


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The Loving Husband Trilogy on tour

The Loving Husband Trilogy by Meredith AllardBox_Set_667x1000

Box Set – All Three Books

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Copperfield Press

Date of Publication: June 10, 2014

Number of Pages: 782

Word Count: 265,000

Cover Artist: LFD Designs


Book Description

Meredith Allard’s beloved bestselling paranormal/historical Loving Husband Trilogy is now available together for the first time, with bonus material about the series.  The collections includes the full texts of Her Dear & Loving Husband, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, and Her Loving Husband’s Return, plus Q&A with Meredith Allard, series inspirations, and discussion questions.  The Loving Husband Trilogy Box Set will please the most devoted James and Sarah Wentworth fans as well as fans new to the series.

Book One: Her Dear & Loving Husband

James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties with anyone. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife, Elizabeth.  Though it has been years since Elizabeth’s death, James cannot move one.

Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail.  Despite the obstacles of their secrets, James and Sarah fall in love. As James comes to terms with his feeling for Sarah, he must dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be.  Soon James and Sarah piece their stories together and discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Do vampires and witches live in Salem?  Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?


Book Two: Her Loving Husband’s Curse

How far will you go to protect the one you love?

Finally, after many long and lonely years, vampire James Wentworth’s life is falling into place.  Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.

But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears.  Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth.  If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer.  Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?


Book Three: Her  Loving Husband’s Return

What would you do to return to the only one you have ever loved?

Vampire James Wentworth’s secret is no longer a secret, and now he and his beloved wife, Sarah, have been separated.  While suffering his own internment, James is reminded of his time with Japanese-Americans in the Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II, and he cannot allow the past to repeat itself.  With the help of his friends – Chandresh, Jocelyn, Timothy, even the irreverent Geoffrey – James learns what it means to return, and he is determined to return to his Sarah no matter the challenges – or the consequences.  In the end, it may be up to Olivia, the most powerful of witches, to grant Jame’s most fervent wish.  Will James and Sarah be reunited once and for all despite the madness surrounding them?


MeredithAbout the author:

Meredith Allard is the author of the best-selling noves The Loving Husband TrilogyVictory Garden, Woman of Stones,  and My Brother’s Battle (Copperfield Press).  She received her B. A. and M. A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge.  She has taught writing to students ages ten to sixty, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference.  She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Website: www.meredithallard.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormeredithallard

Twitter: www.twitter.com/copperfield101

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4866638.Meredith_Allard



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Oceans of Love & a Kiss on Every Wave

A Freebie during the Holiday Online Book Fair.

Available December 4-7, 2013 a FREE pdf of a short book titled Oceans of Love and a Kiss on Every Wave.  This includes the Diary of George Campbell and his Christmas letters to his wife Bea during WWII.  This is a short prelude to the upcoming book Love and Kisses: Letters from George A. Campbell to His Wife Bea During WWII.

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Mollie’s War: The Letters of a World War II WAC in Europe

Mollies War

Mollie’s War: The Letters of a World War II WAC in Europe

by: Mollie Weinstein Schaffer and Cyndee Schaffer

Amazon’s Book Description:

“The 150,000 women who served in the Women’s Army Corps are now seen as the undersung heroes of the Second World War. This memoir describes the life of a WAC enlistee who would serve in England when it came under attack, France immediately after the Allied invasion, and Germany after VE Day. From her experience in basic training in Daytona Beach to the climactic moment when she saw the Statue of Liberty as her ship approached American shores upon her return home, this work provides a glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in American history.”

“Excellent editing…a warmly human, accessible account…a historically vital representation of the role played by the 20,000 WACs sent overseas in World War II.” –Midwest Book Review

“The letters provide a fascinating description of Mollie’s experiences stateside and abroad in Europe. We also get an excellent picture of what life was like for a woman in the military.” –National Museum of American Jewish Military.

Mollie Weinstein Schaffer passed away on April 8, 2012.

I do not know whether or not Mollie ever took one of the Honor Flights to Washington, D. C. to see the WWII Memorial.

If you know a WWII veteran, a Korean War veteran, or a Vietnam Veteran, please tell them about the “Honor Flight Network” (http://www.honorflight.org/).

From the Honor Flight Network home page:

“Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

“Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.”

Visit the Honor Flight Network web site to find a “Regional Hub” in your state.  And please, encourage the veterans you know to participate.  This is a very moving experience for the veterans and their guardian companions.

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Courage Before Every Danger, Honor Before All Men

Courage Before Every Danger, Honor Before All Men by Joanne Pfannenstiel Emerick, (Hoxie, KS: Joanne Pfannenstiel Emerick), 2010.  ISBN 978-0-9845343-0-2 (sc); 978-0-9845343-1-9 (hc); Library of Congress Control Number: 2010928033; 421 pages.

Emerick dedicated this book to her father.  She wrote: In memory of my father, Wendell E. Pfannenstiel, 31st Bombardment Squadron (H) Medical Corps, 1942-1945. This is for you, Daddy, followed by a photo of Pfannenstiel.

Courage Before Every Danger is a documentary of the lives of the people who served in the 31st Bomb Squad (H).  A reader will find the importance of the book within the “Foreword” section written by Norah Davenport Pratton.  “When that old veteran faces the reality  of the final days of his 90 years and has only one request – to hear the unfinished manuscript of Joanne Emerick’s book – there is no doubting that manuscript’s importance…….Roy Davenport passed from this world into the next a few hours after the reading of this special manuscript.  He was so satisfied with what Joanne had written – with the truth, the harsh reality, the beauty and all of those voices of his fellow warriors telling the stories that would now be passed down to the next generation and the next. ‘Don’t forget me,’ he told us again and again.  ‘Don’t forget me.'”

While family and friends may never forget those who served in the 31st Bomb Squad (H), others have never heard of them.  Why is that?

This year is the 70th anniversary of the beginning of WWII for the United States.  Three to four generations have joined those old veterans and with each new generation, WWII becomes less of a conversation around the dinner table.  That is unless you are related to someone who served in the war or you are studying the war in school or as a history buff.  Even then, the common veteran’s name is unknown because not all could hold the high commanding jobs such as Eisenhower, Patton and Marshall.  For the common veteran’s name to become known it takes people like Emerick doing research – tracking down the veterans or their family and reading through thousands of documents, letters, diaries, etc. to find that special story.

Courage Before Every Danger is told in the veterans’ own words.  Twenty chapters tell stories of where the veterans were from, what they did before becoming a part of the 31st and what they did during the war.  Most of the veterans became a close knit family during the war.  After the war, some remained friends and others grew apart as they were reincorporated into their own families’ lives.

It took Emerick eighteen years to complete this masterpiece.  One of her most moving times was when she attended the funeral and burial service of William Wyatt Patton, Jr.   On a mission to Munich, Germany, Patton, flying a P-51 Mustang, encountered fog and disappeared.  On February 22, 2001, near Longueville, France, a farmer  digging a ditch found some metal which turned out to be the P-51 Mustang and there in the cockpit was Junior Patton, wearing his flight jacket and dog tags.  Fifty-six years later, on November 9, 2001, Patton made it home and to his final resting place in Springfield, Missouri.

There are other touchy, feel-good stories in this book: some may bring tears to the eyes of the reader.  But, mostly, the stories will give you a glimpse into the lives of the 31st Bomb Squad (H) stationed in the Pacific islands during WWII.

The book itself is pleasant to look at and is easy to read.  It has several pages of endnotes for those who want to do their own research, an index to help locate a certain name and/or place, acknowledgments, maps, photographs, poems, excerpts of diaries/journals, and direct quotes from the living veterans.

I would recommend this book to high school and college history classes, to all WWII history buffs, and to others who have that curiosity to dig into the past of other people.

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