Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bob Lents, WWII submarine veteran and member of USSVI Twin Lakes Submarine Base flew to Bremerton, Washington to be honored at the USS Seawolf reunion. He is the only remaining crew member of the first Seawolf that disappeared 4 October 1944. Before it disappeared he was transferred to the USS Perch and later ended up in a Japanese prison. To read his story go to Terry L. Kuhn is the new editor for the S-28 Yankee Doodle Dandy-Gram newsletter. He served aboard the Andrew Jackson (SSBN 619) and the Billfish (SSN676) and is from Wilmington, NC. William (Bill)Whelan of Cary, NC was the former editor for years and is the chaplain for the U.S. Submarine veterans of WWII, NC Chapter All Clear. James Myers is the All Clear newsletter editor & publisher. I am the new editor of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of WWII/Arkansas Diamond Chapter newsletter. November 2-3-4 we will be meeting at the Travelers Inn at Eureka Springs. We are praying that good health will allow a big turn-out. I will be gathering news to keep members unable to attend updated. By sharing news of what is happening with members will bring each other closer. We watched, THE WAR, a Ken Burns film last week on AETN. It is a film the whole family should have watched and should watch next week. Many of us know little of that war and those who knew want to forget. We learn from our mistakes I am told... but do we? This was a war I am told we had no choice but go to war for the enemy had approached our shores and skies. In Their Words, AETN's WWII Oral History Project Joseph Truman Blanchett, a member of the Diamond Chapter recorded his story aboard the USS Seal (SS-183) built in 1938 and is one of the veteran's in my book (Submarine Stories of World War II). The USS Sea Fox (SS-402) Association and former crew members donated time and money to purchase a plaque to be placed on the Commemorative Plaque Wall at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. All crew members are welcome to attend the ceremony coordinated by Master Chief Frank Lister, TMCM(SS),USN (RET) who served aboard 1956-59. It will take place on 30 October, 2007. To learn more click on

Monday, September 17, 2007

Nine veterans share their experiences while serving in the USS Navy during the 1940s. Many had never been away from home when they ventured beneath the sea to an unknown world of silence, to spy and destroy enemy ships. November 5-7 release and book signing at the Military Writers Society of America Conference at Branson, Missouri.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Children's books/war stories. Letters from Korea by Pat Avery (Kids World Series Red Engine Press) is for ages 9-12. The 48 page book is a story of a boy learning from his grandmother the sadness of war through family letters and photos she had received. In the back of the book are pictures of several veterans who served in the Korean War. Tommy's War by Pat Avery and Eric Ray (Kids World Series) is written for children to understand why a parent or parents have to serve their country during the time of war. The 36-page book teaches patriotism and provides insight to how children can relate to war. Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Greene is a teen novel. In reading this book I learned Arkansas had Japanese interment camps during World War II. Ms. Greene put many of her childhood experiences into this book. For more information go to, is a comprehensive online educational resource for students, teachers and researchers. My Friend the Enemy (A Yearling Book by J.B. Cheaney is a teen novel where a young girl learns the true meaning of being an American. Hazel meets a young boy who is hiding to keep from going to an interment camp. They are enemies, but will they become friends or will Hazel tell her family. In this book you will learn about the Japan's balloon bomb attacks on Oregon during World War II, Young America Work Corps, Junior Auxiliary Air Patrol and a whole lot more. There is so much I didn't know so I went to "Attacks on North America during World War II, at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Remember always check all facts three times or more. Also, go, Cynsations blog Sunday October 2,2005 under "Relocation and Internment in Children's Books" where you will find an interview with J.B. Cheaney about her book, My Friend the Enemy.