Two Gold Stars (Hardback)
A World War II Story of Love and Sacrifice
Colonel Ollie W. Reed was commanding officer of the 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, when he was mortally wounded on July 30, 1944, in Villebaudon, France. At the time of his death, he was unaware that his son, Lieutenant Ollie W. “Bud” Reed, Jr., a 1942 graduate of West Point, had been killed in his second day of combat in Italy on July 5, 1944. They are buried alongside one another in the Normandy American Cemetery. Of the four hundred thousand Americans who lost their lives in World War II, Ollie and Bud Reed are the only father and son to perish while fighting for their country. In Manhattan, Kansas, Bud’s wife Laura and their infant son lived with his mother Mildred Reed. On a warm August 1944 afternoon, an official car arrived at the Reed’s residence to inform Laura that her husband had been killed in combat. In disbelief, the young wife and mother held on to her mother-in-law; several hours later, another official car arrived bearing the overwhelming news that Mrs. Reed too had lost her husband in battle. In Two Gold Stars: A World War II Story of Love and Sacrifice,writer, producer, and photographer Dennis Whitehead tells the story of an exemplary Midwestern family who dedicated their lives serving in the armed forces at a time when Americans had faith in their political leaders, institutions, and the essential goodness of everyone. Relying on family letters, photographs, interviews, and Mildred Reed’s remarkable memoir written for her grandchildren, the author paints a vivid and moving portrait of the Reeds, from the time Ollie, Sr. and Mildred first met, his service in the Mexican Punitive Mission, World War I, and the Philippines; the births of their sons, Ollie, Jr., and Ted, and the ultimate hardship of women being separated from their husbands only to share in a common loss. Despite losing a loving father and brother, Ted carried the Reed name forward, becoming the director of the National Zoo where, in 1972, he brought the giant pandas from China to an adoring American public.
Air War D-Day: The Build Up (Hardback)
This is the first volume of a most impressive tribute and comprehensive five part work that includes a multitude of personal military and civilian accounts of every aspect of air, land, paratroop and seaborne operations on D-Day, 6th June. At fifteen minutes after midnight on 6 June 1944 'Operation Overlord', the Allied invasion of Hitler's Festung Europe, became reality. Almost exactly four years earlier the British Expeditionary Force had been forced to retreat to Dunkirk in the face of the German Blitzkrieg. D-Day was the climax of almost two years' planning. Had it not been for stormy weather…By Martin Bowman
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