Author Carol Stevens Henley-Hess’s new book “Standing Watch” is a historical record of the Stevens family and the ancestry of an American hero lost in World War II

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Recent release “Standing Watch” from Page Publishing author Carol Stevens Henley-Hess is a detailed family history honoring the life and service of William Wright Stevens, Jr., who was lost when the USS Houston was sunk in the Battle of the Java Sea on March 1, 1942.

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Carol Stevens Henley-Hess is a retired teacher who served for twenty-five years as an elementary school teacher in Texas. She has completed her new book “Standing Watch”: a five-generation history of an American family and an all-too-brief biography of the young Navy man who is presumed to have died when the warship on which he served was sunk in a Japanese attack off the coast of Java during World War II.

The road of life brings events along the way that may offer changes to a person’s destiny. This story is about the life of William Wright Stevens Jr. and the family from which he descended. He was one of the heroes on board the USS Houston (Heavy Cruiser C-A-30), which also served the flagship of the US Navy. The life events helped make the heroes they were as they met their destiny still standing watch.

Published by Page Publishing, Carol Stevens Henley-Hess’s engrossing book is a poignant homage to Willian Wright Stevens, Jr. and others of that greatest generation who gave their all in defense of a grateful nation.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Standing Watch” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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