New Book Details the Realities of War through the Eyes of a WWII Vet

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Author Lee Summers releases the first book in a series detailing the military service of her father

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After nearly nine years, the end of the Iraq War has come to pass. “The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday (December 18, 2011), whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief,” reports Fox News. As the full measure of the war continues to be tallied, many people are looking back on the sacrifices of previous war veterans to gauge the road ahead. Looking back is something author Lee Summers knows much about. The daughter of a U.S. Marine who served in World War II, Summers takes a personal approach to ensuring that veterans and their tremendous sacrifices are never forgotten. In her new book “Never Anticipate the Command” (published by iUniverse), she chronicles her father’s experiences during Word War II.

During her childhood, Lee Summers came to realize what a special father she had in Henry Sonnenfeld, a former U.S. Marine. He instilled discipline and commitment in her, and he taught her about sacrifice, heroism and patriotism. Best of all, he had wonderful bedtime stories.

“Never Anticipate the Command” is the first in a series to share Henry’s remarkable stories of being a U.S. Marine during World War II and the Korean War. This first book follows a young Henry as he enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps after Pearl Harbor and fights Japanese forces in the brutal Pacific campaign. Henry relates those first few harrowing days as a marine and the grueling training regimen on Parris Island. With remarkably vivid details, he recounts life on the island of Bougainville; tells the tale of his island pet, a womp-cat named Bougie Sam; and describes watching Pappy Boyington’s Black Sheep Squadron perform.

“‘Never Anticipate the Command’ is about how young men, clueless to the dangers, bravely protected and selflessly served to keep democracy and the American ideal of what life can be alive,” says Summers. “Many paid with their lives.”

While Summers’ book is the quintessential war memoir, it is also an engaging look at a father-daughter connection. Summers’ unconditional love for her father and her willingness to listen “until the cows come home” give the book an added benefit.

“‘Never Anticipate the Command’ recalls an era when men rose to action to protect their country,” explains Summers. “It shows how one man in particular served God, his country, and his family – in that order.”

About the Author
Lee Summers lives in New Jersey, where she teaches yoga and performs on the piano. Following her father’s wishes, Summers is donating half of the profits from “Never Anticipate the Command” to help veterans wounded in the line of duty.

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