THOMASVILLE, N.C. (PRWEB) September 22, 2012
When author Jim Little was parade chairman of the 2009 Memorial Day Freedom Ceremony in Thomasville, he noticed 50 stones in a quarter-circle at Veterans’ Park honoring deceased servicemen and servicewomen. Wishing to place one there for his grandfather, he set out to know more about his life and the Company with which he served. What he uncovered is a noble piece of history almost forgotten. It became his compelling mission to retell this story, and the result is his new book, fittingly titled Fathers of the Greatest Generation: Nothing Between Heaven and Hell.
Almost every account of the greatest battles of the Great War fails to give proper credit to two divisions of Americans who fought with the British for almost six months in 1918. In late September of that year, the American 27th and 30th divisions were told to attack, penetrate, and hold the impregnable Hindenburg line—a feat at which the British and French forces had failed over four bloody years of trench warfare. The Americans were eager and ready; the Germans knew they were coming; and this battle would hasten the end of the war.
These same men had served at the U.S.-Mexican border in 1916 while General John Pershing pursued Pancho Villa in Mexico. They were National Guardsmen who spent six months there and, upon their return home, were mustered into the National Army then sent to fight one of the greatest battles of World War I and win it, only to see the credit taken by the British and the Australians.
Fathers of the Greatest Generation is also about all Americans who fought the Great War and the times in which they lived. What started out as a simple project becomes a commemoration of their lives during the early part of the 20th century and their valor in battle that changed the tide of the war. It pays tribute to those who truly deserve it—the 120th infantry of the 30th Division—told almost a century later through the eyes of the heroic men who fought it, some of whom lived, some of whom died.
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About the Author
Jim Little is a retired businessman and computer specialist who returned to his native Thomasville after an absence of 35 years. Having always been interested in American history, his current book is a product of over two year’s research into the Great War, fulfilling a life-long dream of writing not just a book, but a book with popular appeal. He lives in Thomasville with his wife Pat. Both are active in the local Memorial Day events and veterans appreciation activities year round. He has three grown sons who all live in North Carolina.
Fathers of the Greatest Generation: Nothing Between Heaven and Hell
by Jim Little
Publication Date: August 22, 2012
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