My Father’s War: Memories from Our Honored WWII Soldiers, Charley Valera

An incredible first-hand collection of eyewitness testimonies from WWII veterans, soldiers, sailors and airmen who beat back the bile in their throats to do their duties and complete their dangerous missions. It’s a stark reminder of the greatest generation that we came from. Showing their daily life—by example— of patriotism, sacrifice, and bravery. The veterans of World War II stood up and saved the weak from the strong, even when they were scared, hungry and tired of fighting.

These are the missing stories, the ones we should have asked and didn’t, the ones they should have told us about, but chose not to. Our answers to the questions are in here—hundreds of their stories and personal photographs that’ll leave you understanding more about our fathers, grandfathers, uncles and the nice old man next door with the American flag in his yard.

While serving a purpose higher than themselves, the men and women within this collection of stories built America into the superpower it is today. We need to remember that. We need to honor that. We need to honor them.

Never before have I felt so proud reading a book; My Father’s War: Memories from Our Honoured WWII Soldiers is a stunning piece of historical nonfiction that will make every reader feel proud of all those that have served and are still serving. My Father’s War is a book that explores patriotism, bravery, and sacrifice and all three of these qualities will grab you from the chest from the opening chapters. As a woman who is married to a Marine, I am deeply appreciative of those that have served and are serving. To read a book that explores the heroes of WWII that not many readers will have heard of is beautiful so already I implore you, readers, to read this phenomenal book. We owe it to those that have served to listen to their first-hand stories of what it was like to serve during WWII and what sacrifices they had to make for our country to be the great nation it is today.

My Fathers War is written by the phenomenal Charley Valera but before I discuss what a fantastic author he is, I want to discuss the premise of this sensational book. My Father’s War is a first-hand collection of testimonies from WWII veterans. Laced throughout this book are eyewitness testimonies and first-hand accounts from soldiers, sailors, and airmen who have all served in WWII and have all made great sacrifices to our country. Charley perfectly writes their stories in a sensitive, but thought-provoking manner that will have all readers engrossed in the stories from real men.  The stories laced throughout this book are sometimes difficult to read, and this is because some of the stories told are horrendous; the events that the men had to witness and experience are heartbreaking and some of these will be hard to read due to their poignancy and shock factor of them. Despite the stories being hard-hitting and incredibly emotive, they are essential stories that deserve to be read, we have to understand what these remarkable men experienced, we owe it to them to take the time to read their story and feel what they felt at the time.

Charley Valera is the phenomenal author of My Father’s War, and he is the perfect author who has given justice to the men’s stories laced throughout My Father’s War. Charley writes these stories in a poignant, descriptive and sensitive way that will have all readers captivated thanks to his mesmerizing literature and his ability to transgress a story to his readers so perfectly. Charley’s words flow beautifully throughout and the reader will be able to quickly feel the admiration he has for the armed forces and all those that are serving and have served, and this is, of course, an essential quality in a military nonfiction book.

The quality I love most about My Father’s War is the veterans who have shared their story in the truest of ways. The veterans who tell their tales are entirely open and honest about all that they have experienced, they are brutally honest in fact and share their trials and tribulations and how many harsh encounters they experienced. I have read a lot of military books but never before have I read one that was so brazen and emotive, most military books are written by those that have no connection to the military or from an author that does not particularly care for the military but has been tasked with writing such a book etc. Charley Valera however is a man who clearly has a passion for writing such stories and for spreading the word and the fact that his book is narrated by real men who have served makes My Father’s War a legitimate, and influential piece of nonfiction.

As My Father’s War is a truly stunning piece of nonfiction that will have the ability to evoke feelings in its readers as well as move them and compel them to think of the horrors and sacrifices our veterans made, I have no choice but to award this stunning book a magnificent Five Stars.

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on My Father’s War; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book.

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Wow — this is very relatable to I’m working on my third publication now which is a WW2 book based on real letters. It’s based on 4 brothers (3 in the Navy and 1 in the Army). This caught my immediate attention and I’m going to check it out. ..

Thanks Aimee!!!

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Hi Joe, this is amazing that you like the sound of this book and that it relates to your own! Your new book sounds incredible, I LOVE books that have letters in, let alone real ones! My review of Gone Girl and Swimming Lessons and even The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman are all reviews in which I discuss my love for letters so YOUR book has caught my attention! Thank you again Joe.

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Hey Joe, your collection of letters sound great. I sure hope all the lads made it home alright. When you get a copy of My Father’s War, there are some personal letter from Navigator Tom McDonald to his just-married wife and another from gunner George Pelletier to his wife. In McDonalds letter you can easily feel his missing his wife while fulfilling the duties climbing in a B-17 as he dons his oxygen and prepares for war. Pelletiers letter is a bit more brutal as he describes ordeals like being surrounded during the battle of the Bulge.

Keep writing,
Charley

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