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An Ocean Apart: A War Bride's Tale By Melanie A. Ippolito
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Merriam Press Historical Fiction No. 16. First eBook Edition 2016. Citizens of Belfast, Northern Ireland were keenly aware of the war raging in Europe and elsewhere. They duly put up their blackout... More > curtain, formed fire-watch patrols and stood in queues with their ration booklets. But they ignored the calls to evacuate women and children from the city. They never expected that the Luftwaffe would actually bother to attack their remote island. That complacency was shattered in April 1941. After that first attack, 18 year old Elizabeth Fleming refused to evacuate along with her two younger sisters, to the seaside town of Bangor. Just over a week later, Elizabeth was caught away from home during the second and most deadly attack. She was plagued with nightmares for months afterwards. In late April of 1942, Richard Harrison, a laboratory technician with the U.S. Army Medical Corps, boarded an army transport ship in route to Northern Ireland. Six weeks later the two would meet at a dance in a Belfast ballroom.< Less
An Ocean Apart: A War Bride's Tale By Melanie A. Ippolito
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Merriam Press Historical Fiction No. 16. First Edition 2016. An Ocean Apart was inspired by the hundreds of letters the author’s parents wrote to one another during World War II. An Ocean Apart... More > is a story of enduring love. It is a story of ambition, religious intolerance, long separations and adversities, of rationing and persistent shortages. Deeply infused in history, it is one war bride’s story out of thousands who made the journey across the Atlantic to begin a new life in America.< Less
I'll Be Back When Summer's in the Meadow Volume II By Melanie A. Ippolito
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Merriam Press Military Monograph 134. Second Edition (2012). The beautiful and amazing love letters written by an Irish woman and an American soldier from Lockport, New York, during WWII. This is the... More > second of three volumes and covers 1944. The story continues with very detailed coverage of how the war affected these two people and the people around them. 80 photos, letters, envelopes, documents.< Less
I'll Be Back When Summer's in the Meadow: A World War II Chronicle, Volume III: 1945-1946 By Melanie A. Ippolito
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Merriam Press Military Monograph 137. First Edition (2013). In this concluding volume, the war in Europe is winding down and at last comes to an end—but there was another war to be... More > fought—in the Pacific. As her parents continued with their struggle to meet they are faced with an array of new challenges. In September of 1945 they finally do come together, are married and able to take a brief honeymoon before they are separated again for another seven months—until her mother made her way over to the States on the U.S.A.T. Henry Gibbins with a contingent of War Brides in April of 1946. 87 photos and documents.< Less