Título: Battle For Honor
Editorial: Traffor Publishing
Año de publicación: 2004
Condición del libro: Very Good
Edición: illustrated edition.
Battle for Honor chronicles Edward "Edyo" Keehan's coming of age during the hardships of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II, a time when the future of the free world hung in the balance. It's a coming of age story that follows a skinny 17-year-old kid dropping out of high school shortly after Dec. 7, 1941 to enlist in the US Navy. The book follows Keehan's assignment to a light cruiser USS Savannah, and to her subsequent fighting of Axis forces in North Africa and Europe, including taking a German 3400 pound radio control bomb on Sept. 11, 1943 and inflicting the ship with over 200 casualties. From the Savannah, Keehan assigned to another fighting ship, the USS Saint Paul fighting in the pacific.
The Saint Paul had the honor of firing the last major salvo of the war on mainland Japan, Keehan decked in dress blues is aboard the Saint Paul at Tokyo Bay when Gen. MacArthur accepts the Japanese unconditional surrender, thus ending the war.
The book chronicles Keehan's readjustment to civilian life as, and his subsequent life's mission: the honoring of Westport's sons and daughters that left the safety of the hearth and home to join the armed services to fight during World War II. However, Westport's World War II monument, called the Honor Roll, which was built during the war, is missing, a victim of both time and neglect. In an effort to find out what happened to the Honor Roll and to have another war memorial rebuilt, Keehan faces numerous obstacles, including opposition from warring town boards and committees, small town politics, and a few vindictive Westport residents bent on derailing Keehan's plans.
Battle of Honor is a must read for World War II buffs, for those who enjoy history and for anybody who enjoys a good story.About the Author:
Ed Keehan grew up in Westport, Connecticut. At just 17 years of age he answered his country's call and joined the Navy. He served on two cruisers... After the war he married, had three children and worked as a truck manager for 18 years and retired and sold real estate. He erected an honor roll for World war II veterans. He still resides in Westport.
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