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Norfolk, VA: Lloyd's of Norfolk, 1973. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 248 pages. Illustrations (a few in color). Format is approximately 9 inches by 12.25 inches. Decorative front cover. Illustrated end papers. Some top of pages soiled. Several interior pages have creases/wrinkles. Notation on fep that this was once the property of SFC Carol Miller, HQ 2d Bde, 82d Airborne. There is a 1.5 by 2.5 inch rectangle cut from the bottom right corners of pages 1-15, revealing the photo of a sergeant Miller taped to the bottom right corner of page 17. Carol Miller is identified to the left of the photograph where there is written in on a provided space, Name, rank, date, and unit. This was signed in 1973. It is unfortunate that the previous owner, SFC Miller, chose to disfigure the early pages by removing a portion of several pages so that his color photograph could be immediately seen. Nevertheless, this is an increasingly scarce item associated not only with a remarkably effective Army unit but also with the final period of the Vietnam War. This yearbook is a small glimpse of the 82d Airborne Division in 1972-1973. It records some of the activities, some of the equipment, some of the facilities, some of the geography visited, and some of the personalities who made up the division during this time. It "cannot describe or depict adequately the Spirit of the airborne, and undefinable thread of comradeship and respect that binds together men who are willing to jump from a plane in flight, to entrust their lives to a parachute,....men who are prepared at any time to fulfill the sacred trust placed in them by the people of the United States.
Campbell, CA: Savas Publishing Company, 1996. First Hardcover Edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Hardcover. , xiii, , 266 pages. Occasional footnotes. Maps. Illustrations. Endnotes. Bibliography. Index. Here is an opportunity to own a Kennedy related item. Inscribed on the title page "To Honorable Ted Kennedy, Happy Birthday! A gift from Tom Keneally. Faugh A Ballagh! Battle Cry of the 28th Massachusetts, Irish Brigade. Clear the Way! Kevin E. O'Brien". William McCarter's diary is an important addition to primary information on Civil War soldiers. The reason it is important is that firsthand accounts of the Union Army's famed Irish Brigade are all by officers. McCarter's account is the only one known from an Army private. A down-to-earth person, he was 21 when he entered the Union Army. He was at the Battle of Fredericksburg, where he was wounded trying to take Marye's Heights and the horrible stone wall where many Union soldiers were wounded and killed. McCarter came to the attention of General Thomas Meagher, the Irish Brigade's commander, who pressed McCarter to be his orderly. Because of his closeness to the general and others, he observed many things about them. He was asked by his fellow soldiers to write letters and other things for them since he was known to have good penmanship. He wrote his memoir for his family in 1879 using his diary as the main source. Kevin O'Brien edited this memoir to make it even more readable, and he added the maps and photos. Kevin E. O'Brien balanced a career in Law and the Administration of Justice with an active career as a Civil War historian who was published widely on the Irish Brigade in the Civil War.