Notified on December 4, 2013 of nomination for national award for best self published memoir of the year.
Notified on November 17, 2013
Selected by initial judging for Writer’s Digest Annual Self -Published Books Awards
Received 29 of a possible 30 points.
“…You have an incredible story to tell, one that readers of military, history, nonfiction, and inspirational categories will be interested in…The details you include bring the scenes and characters to life.”
Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards”
Infantry are known for accomplishing the most with the least. In any combat against a determined foe, infantry is the tip of the spear. All other military services exist to support the infantry soldier; be they army, navy, or air force, their job one is to support the guys who actually fight for the ground. It is said that for every infantry soldier, it takes ten others to provide support.
An infantry soldier’s life is filled with the boredom of marching mile after mile, or digging foxholes and bunkers, interspersed with moments of sheer terror when faced with a firefight. Infantry often adopt a fatalistic attitude; when the bullet has your name on it, you will die. Not before.
This is my story. I am an infantry combat veteran and leader who served our country, trained and led our young men, sometimes in combat from 1961 to 1985. I didn’t do this alone. My angels manifested themselves during battle and remain with me still. Whether or not you believe that doesn’t matter. I believe it. My angels led me to my true faith.