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Stars This book was written to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day and to preserve the last eyewitnesses’s personal voices of the truly great soldiers that went ashore at Normandy on June 6, 1944 or shortly thereafter. World War II

Soon, all these brave men will pass to another time and place.  We believe that these men should never be forgotten.  Their personal memories must be preserved.

Paratroopers, glider pilots, artillery men, medics, dog soldiers, and even a sailor who witnessed Rangers storming the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc were personally interviewed.

The interviewees ranged in age from 88 to 93 and to a man, each had some profound stories to tell. Those landing on the beaches have burning memories of the great armada of ships and vessels in the avenging invasion of Normandy.

They remember the carnage of bodies on the beaches. I asked one of the Interviewees, George Pulakos to describe his experiences on the beach. GEORGE PULAKOS:  They kept me on the beach, I could swim.  I was a swimmer and I would recover bodies.  We were stacking them like cord wood on the beach.

For years I’ve carried horrific images in my head of all the bodies on the beach.  They were stacked like cord wood, 4 and 5 feet high.

Memories of World War II

This book describes such memories from 14 of these warriors.  This may be the last documented eyewitness’s memories of the D –Day invasion World War II.  Four have already died since our interviews of just a few months ago.

We interviewed Eugene Meier October 30, 2013; he died 17 days later on November 16, 2013 at age 90. We interviewed Percy Scarborough November 22, 2013; he died 25 days later on December 17, 2013 at age 88. We interviewed Jack Carver December 1, 2013; he died 38 days later on January 8, 2014 at age 90. We interviewed Harold Powers December 9, 2013; he died 23 days later on January 1, 2014 at age 92.

This book is indeed about the last eyewitnesses’ memories. We begin this heroic, terrible, terrible war story in 1939.  That was when the European war really started.  That is when Germany invaded Poland, and Britain and France declared war on Germany. Many books have been written about World War II, but most have concentrated on well known leaders and celebrated heroes.

We wanted to tell the World War II story through the eyes and memories of the common soldier. Most of our heroic interviewees still had clear memories of the significant events they encountered.

We present their memories in their own words because we want you to be able to sense their emotions World War II.

The interviews are split into sections so that we can integrate their memories with the chronological and historical framework of their experiences.

Some of the interviews were so very visual that we could see the bodies floating in the waters at the beaches. We could see our soldiers falling in the hedgerows and roads of the country side. We could see our soldiers when they were captured and marched long distances in severe weather. We could almost hear the gunfire and smell the gunpowder. We could see the horrors of the German concentration camps. Let’s never forget these memories.

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    Historical Treasure
    By Robbie Chenault on May 11, 2014
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    Wow! What a truly historical treasure. It is so important for us to capture these guy’s stories and share them with each generation. This would be a great text book for a school because it is eyewitness accounts with details that are dying with these men. For so many years, they have not shared their personal stories but these authors got them to not only share the story but also their personal, emotional details. It touched my heart to read Joe Johnsons tribute to the American women. My mother was one of those heroes he describes that worked in the defense industry that provided ammunition and war machines for the cause. Thanks for taking the time to document their wonderful stories!

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    Invaluable Historical Document
    By Tom Patterson on May 3, 2014
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    I found these in-person interviews to be both absorbing and informative. Clearly, John Long’s own military experiences and many years as a trial lawyer enabled him to connect on a personal level with these men so effectively that they felt comfortable sharing the emotional side of their experiences along with many historically important and interesting details.

    These interviews will become another chapter in the literature documenting the Greatest Generation’s response to the challenges provided by World War II.

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    Last eyewitness that needs to be heard
    By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2014
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    a big kudos for documenting these soldiers story that will soon be unavailable. a very enjoyable read too. should be required as text in study of d day

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    Amazing recount
    By Susie Reel on May 15, 2014
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    This was an amazing recount of the actual event…I was very impressed. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the period.

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    More than just history of eyewitnesses who were there
    By History Buff on June 23, 2014
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    Last Eyewitnesses is more than just a recording of events of those who lived it. This book raises the age old question about the nature of war. In this book, Percy Scarborough and General Eisenhower seem to agree that wars are stupid. This book goes into the reasons that undergirded the invasion. the D-Day invasion shows the world that WWII was a just war and their cause was a just cause. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

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