Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WWII vets to attend Barnes & Noble signing

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II, the latest novel to capture stories from those that served in the Pacific theater of World War II, was released in hardcover earlier this month.

Voices of the Pacific

Early reviews report an appreciation for allowing the subjects to speak for themselves — essentially in oral history format.

The book's Colorado-based author Adam Makos will hold a reading and book signing at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at the Briargate Barnes & Noble location.

From the publicist, here's the book's breakdown:

VOICES OF THE PACIFIC: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II (Berkley Caliber Hardcover Original; $27.95) chronicles the United States Marine Corps’ actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations within the wider war, presenting the true stories of heroism and honor as told by such World War II veterans as Sid Phillips, R.V. Bergin, and Chuck Tatum—whose exploits were featured in the HBO® mini-series, The Pacific—and many other surviving Marines.

When Makos and Brotherton interviewed the marines who appear in this book, the two authors made them a promise: they could tell it as it was. No need to mask the horrors of war with humor, or to skip over certain memories in favor of light-hearted tales of brotherhood. With unflinching honesty, these men reveal harrowing accounts of combat with an implacable enemy, the friendships and camaraderie they found—and lost—within their companies, and the aftermath of the war’s impact on their lives.

These are the words of men who live in our communities, who’ve raised their children alongside our own, who’ve shopped in our stores, shared a drink with us. How did they return to a life of normalcy after what they saw, after what they heard, suffered, did? Readers will be asking themselves, what are these remarkable men made of?

With unprecedented access to the veterans and their families, never-before-seen photographs, and unpublished memoirs, Makos and Brotherton have created with VOICES OF THE PACIFIC an incredible historic record of American bravery and sacrifice.

Though co-author Marcus Brotherton won't be in attendance, two Colorado Springs-based veterans from the war will be.

Here's a little more on them:

• Frank "Doc" Evans was born and raised in Texas before joining the Navy in 1942. He arrived in the Pacific Theater and was assigned as a medical corpsman to the legendary 1st Marine Division during the campaign for the island of New Britian in 1943. On Sept. 15, 1944, "Doc" hit the beaches of Peleliu with the 1st Marine Regiment commanded by the legendary, Lewis "Chesty" Puller. As a medic, "Doc" attended to more than his share of casualties when his unit suffered greater than 70% losses on Peleleu and was withdrawn from combat.
Doc left the Navy in 1946 and worked until retirement in the TV business as a technician, most recently for Channel 9 News in Denver. He is a long time resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado

• Air Force Colonel William "Bill" Roche was born in Lexington, Kentucky and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in June 1943. He was made a gunner on heavy bombers and deployed to England in November 1944 to serve with the legendary 8th Air Force as a B-17 bomber's waist gunner with the 452nd Bomb Group.
In combat over Europe, Bill was shot down twice. Once his bomber crash landed in France and he was able to evade capture and return to service. The second time he was shot down behind enemy lines and made his way to Soviet-occupied Poland. After the war, Bill served with the USAF for over 32 years and retired as a Colonel. He later went to work for the CIA then served as a language professor at the Air Force Academy. Bill remains a long time resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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