The Things Our Fathers Saw

The Untold Stories of the World War II Generation from Hometown, USA - Voices of the Pacific Theater
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Publisher's Summary

At the height of World War II, LOOK Magazine profiled a small American community for a series of articles portraying it as the wholesome, patriotic model of life on the home front. Decades later, author Matthew A. Rozell tracks down over 30 survivors who fought the war in the Pacific, from Pearl Harbor to the surrender at Tokyo Bay.

The book resurrects firsthand accounts of combat and brotherhood, of captivity and redemption, and the aftermath of a war that left no American community unscathed. Here are the stories that the magazine could not tell, from a vanishing generation speaking to America today. It is up to us to remember - for own sakes, as much as theirs.

©2015 Matthew A. Rozell (P)2017 Tantor

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Very powerful

Love it. It helped me appreciate even more the sacrifices of my father and his generation. They were the greatest generation of all-time.

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Excellent book!

This was amazing to listen to. I found myself seeing this war in their eyes. Learning in school only provided very little compared to what we can learn from those that have experienced it. I wish these men and women could live forever to tell their story.

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Cherished veterans stories.

I listened to this while driving. I am very glad I did. At the young age of 50, I had great uncles that saw action in WW2. This book does justice to all their memories of service.

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Let Us Not Merely Forget; Let Us Actively Remember

As my father was an Army Air Corps waist gunner in the second wave flying into Okinawa, and having had the privelege to interview and serve as editor for the memoirs of WWII veterans, I hold this book as an important addition to my library to honor the experiences and voices of those men and women. Their stories' deserving to be told and retold has been assuredly purchased in their service, blood, and sacrifice.

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great stories

downloaded so I could listen on a road trip. I've read many ww2 books. But to hear the stories told from the soldiers is sobering. I will be downloading more of the books in this series for my next road trip.

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Love this!

I am really enjoying this author's work! Can't wait to hear the next book! I enjoy hearing the soldiers stories. It really brings home there struggles and triumphs!

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1947?

battle for Iwo Jima 1947? 50 seconds into the first book and already there's a glaring mistake.

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Touching and tear jerking

I’m not an avid reader, but could not stop listening. This book was an incredible look into the Second World War, and the accounts of the men who survived its horrors. It brought tears to my eyes as I could feel their pain during their accounts. Thank You!

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Riveting

My grandfather passed away when I was 9. At that time I did not realize he had landed on Normandy and later fought in the battle of the bulge. I missed out on his stories his past my heritage. I feel this book fils in those kind of stories I missed out on. What an incredible book.

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Many tears shed

A very moving book. My oldest brother was killed in the Philippines and reading about the war is always an emotional experience. Thanks to Mr Rozell and his stide