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New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc., 1989. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. ix, , 308,  pages. Illustrations. DJ is price clipped. Everett Alvarez Jr. (born December 23, 1937) is a former United States Navy officer who endured one of the longest periods as a prisoner of war (POW) in U. S. military history. Alvarez was the first U. S. pilot to be shot down and detained during the Vietnam War and spent over eight years in captivity, making him the second longest-held U. S. POW, after U. S. Army Colonel Floyd James Thompson. On August 5, 1964, during Operation Pierce Arrow, LTJG. Alvarez's Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was shot down in the immediate aftermath of what is known as the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Alvarez endured eight years and seven months of brutal captivity by the North Vietnamese at the H a Lò Prison (sarcastically known as the "Hanoi Hilton" by fellow POWs), in which he was repeatedly beaten and tortured. Alvarez was especially esteemed by his fellow prisoners because he was for almost a year the only aviator prisoner of war. Alvarez retired from the U. S. Navy with the rank of commander in 1980. He later earned a Master's Degree in Operations and Research Analysis and a Juris Doctor degree. In April 1981, he was appointed by President Reagan to the post of Deputy Director of the Peace Corps. In July 1982, President Reagan nominated and the U. S. Senate confirmed him as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration (VA). After six years with the VA he was appointed by President Reagan in 1988 to the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland.
Kearney, NE: Morris Press Cookbooks, 2012. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Comb binding. 196,  page. Illustrations. Personal recipes of good home-cooked food. Has a calorie counter, definition term, spice pages. Lots of good recipes. The Table of Contents has sections on Appetizers & Beverages, Soups & Salads, Brunch & Luncheon, Vegetables & Side Dishes, Main Dishes, Crowd Pleasers, Breads & Rolls, Sweet Delights, This & That and an index. American Legion Post 101 was organized in June 1927. The Goff-Moll Post 101 Charter was established on November 2, 1934. The American Legion Goff-Moll Post was named for two WWI veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Approaching the end of WWI, the Battle of the Argonne Forest was fought in France. Two local men were killed during this battle. Lee T. Goff and Joseph S. Moll died just prior to the end of the war. The Meuse–Argonne offensive was a major part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire Western Front. It was fought from September 26, 1918, until the Armistice of November 11, 1918, a total of 47 days. The Meuse–Argonne offensive was the largest in United States military history, involving 1.2 million American soldiers. It is the deadliest battle in American history, resulting in over 350,000 casualties including 28,000 German lives, 26,277 American lives and an unknown number of French lives. U.S. losses were worsened by the widespread onset of the global influenza outbreak called the "Spanish flu". Meuse–Argonne was the principal engagement of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) during World War I. It was the largest and bloodiest operation of World War I for the AEF.
Washington DC: Brassey's, 1996. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xvi, 336 pages. Notes. Index. Inscription signed by author on fep. One sheet of related ephemera laid in. Printing defect on page 195/6 with loss of some margin material. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Based on a Kirkus review: The GI Bill loosed forces that helped to transform America from the working-class, largely agricultural society into a largely middle-class society. Bennett, a former reporter, begins by tracing the origins of the bill and the fight to make it law in 1944. The American Legion was particularly influential: Members who had fought in WW I remembered the shabby treatment they had received when they came home. The meat, or the soul, of the book is Bennett's study of the ways in which the law helped transform postwar American life. It provided opportunities for education unavailable to previous generations, as well as low- priced home mortgages. GIs, most of them from the urban and rural working class, stormed college campuses in record numbers, raised student performance levels, and shook up the college culture. Millions of erstwhile blue-collar, rent-paying workers turned into professionals of every calling, as well as prosperous, skilled entrepreneurs and home-owners. GIs used the money they got to do vital if seemingly ordinary things and in the process created a more abundant and egalitarian society. The total postwar cost of $14.5 billion was an investment that returned manyfold more in revenue as veterans earned more and paid more taxes. Bennett believes that the GI Bill was the most successful government program since the Homestead Act.
New York: Random House, 1998. First Edition, Fourth Printing. Hardcover. xxx, 412,  pages. Illustrations. Index. Slight creasing and small chips to DJ edges. Inscribed by the author, Tom Brokaw, on the title page. DJ has slight creasing and small chips to dust jacket edges. Thomas John Brokaw (/born February 6, 1940) is an American television journalist and author. He was the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News for 22 years (1982–2004). He is the only person to have hosted all three major NBC News programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press. He now serves as a special correspondent for NBC News and works on documentaries for other outlets. Along with his competitors Peter Jennings at ABC News and Dan Rather at CBS News, Brokaw was one of the "Big Three" news anchors in the U.S. during the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. The three hosted their networks' flagship nightly news programs for over 20 years, and all three started and retired (or died, in Jennings' case) within a year of each other. He is the author of The Greatest Generation (1998) and other books and the recipient of numerous honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was awarded to him by President Barack Obama in 2014.
Champaign, IL: Champaign County, Illinois, c1919. Presumed one of multiple originals produced for the returning Veterans. Medal. Maximum dimensions are approximately 1.5 inches by 1.75 inches. This medal, according to a Champaign County Illinois historian, was presented to service members upon their return. It has primarily the shape of a cross with a loop at the top where a ribbon went. The center of the cross is a circle with wording around the edge and a shield in the center. There are figures of a soldier on the left and a sailor on the right side. At the top there is an eagle. At the bottom it says World War 1917-1918 (the '7' is faded). The wording around the shield says Champaign County Illinois, but that portion is indistinct. The back has a faded design (presumed patriotic and is believe to say The Citizens of Champaign County Thank You For Your Service Rendered in the World War. The symbol of the 33rd Infantry division was a plain cross within a circle, and therefore bears some similarity to this citizen's cross. Champaign County is a county in the U.S. state of Illinois. Champaign County was organized in 1833, having been previously a part of Vermilion County. The county and county seat were named for Champaign County, Ohio and Urbana, Ohio respectively, the homeplace of Illinois State Senator John W. Vance, who authored the bill to create the county. The development of the county was greatly furthered by the arrival of the Chicago Branch of the Illinois Central Railroad, and even more by the establishment of the land-grant university.
Atlanta, GA: Longstreet Press, Inc., 1995. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xiii, ,185,  pages. Illustrations. DJ has some wear, soiling, tears and chips. Vince Coppola's journalistic career spans more than 30 years; he spent ten of those years at Newsweek. Coppola was lead reporter in Newsweek's early coverage of the AIDS epidemic, the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger, and the Atlanta child murders. Coppola has written four non-fiction books, including Uneasy Warriors: The Perilous Journey of the Green Berets. He is an award-winning writer who has written feature stories for magazines including Esquire, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, Atlanta. Coppola was selected by former U.S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell to write The Sicilian Judge, a biography of U.S. District Judge Anthony A. Alaimo. Alaimo, who immigrated to the United States as a child, served in World War II as a bomber pilot, was shot down, imprisoned for two years in the infamous German POW camp, Stalag Luft III. He took part in the Great Escape and later escaped the Nazis on his own.