This is a two part book. Part One tells the story of the Japanese Defenders of Iwo Jima. It tells of the starvation and sacrifice endured by the Japanese defenders. Part Two is the author's... More > personal reflections of the country to country negotiations to return the island to Japan after twenty-two of American occupation.< Less
This is a collection of true-life stories compiled during one man’s fifteen-year ministry to the sick.
The author, a Lay Eucharist Minister, brought communion and solace to over ten thousand... More > hospital patients and home bound sick. As he observes in his introduction, “Ministering to the sick puts you face-to-face with the fragile nature of human existence and the indomitable nature of the soul that endures forever.”
Readers will find his stories inspiring and moving as he travels with the subjects through their final sickness and death. If you have a relative or friend who is nearing death they and you can benefit from this book.< Less
This is an autobiography with a healthy dose of humor. On page two the author identifies himself as a raconteur and then goes on to prove his boast throughout the rest of the book. He takes us... More > chronologically through the first seventy year of his life. He tells of his failures, his successes, and an intriguing and suspenseful personal love story. And interspersed throughout are bits of delightful humor. We begin in a working class neighborhood in Philadelphia. Then we follow him through a 21-year military career including three tours in Japan and culminating in the Pentagon. A high school dropout he earns a Bachelor’s degree and ends his working years as a Postal Service executive. At 57 he goes through the crucible of Cancer and becomes a changed man. At every turn in his life it seems as if fate (or perhaps a very active guardian angel) steps in and shows him the way. A full life and, as the author concludes, he was laughing all the way.< Less
There was a time and a place where the American G.I. (soldier, sailor, airman and Marine) lived a life of luxury, good times and romance. The place was post-World War II Japan where American... More > servicemen enjoyed a lifestyle never known to common soldiers before or since. It was the period from the close of hostilities in August 1945 through the 1950’s. American G.I.s were rich men in an impoverished nation full of young fun-loving ladies. They were kings. The Japanese girls treated the Americans well. And they, in turn, were treated well by their G.I boy friends.
This is a love story. It is a tragic story, yet it is sprinkled with humorous anecdotes about the shenanigans of young American servicemen. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and the unique surprise ending will leave you satisfied.
If you are a veteran of those fun-filled days in Japan, the author guarantees you will see yourself.< Less