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Suki and the Magic Sand Dollar  (Author Signed), Blackburn, Joyce; Clayton, Stephanie
1 Blackburn, Joyce; Clayton, Stephanie Suki and the Magic Sand Dollar (Author Signed)
Providence House Publishers 1996 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Near Fine condition! Silver Anniversary edition. Book now in archival sleeve to protect condition. Like new. Signed twice by author. Once in inscription and once on title page. Suki could never have guessed all that she would experience while visiting St. Simons Island, Georgia. Until then, she had never flown in a plane, seen the ocean (except in pictures), set foot on an island, nor met a real scientist. From a fun and friendly woman named Cherry, Suki discovers the built-in clocks of nature. Because the clocks are so dependable, Suki becomes convinced that there is someone in full charge who makes everything work together. While Suki learns many scientific facts, her trip mostly teaches her about people, making and sharing friends. Rare. ; 0.5 x 10.1 x 6.9 Inches; 64 pages; Signed by Author 
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Islands of the Damned  A Marine at War in the Pacific (Author Signed), Burgin, R.V. & Bill Marvel
2 Burgin, R.V. & Bill Marvel Islands of the Damned A Marine at War in the Pacific (Author Signed)
NAL Hardcover 2010 0451229908 / 9780451229908 First Edition; Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by author in February 2011 at gun show in Louisville, KY and seller witnessed the signing. Beautiful scarce collectors grade copy of this book. Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover. An unvarnished and moving memoir of a Marine veteran who fought his way across the Pacific Theater of World War II-whose story is featured in the upcoming HBO(r) series The Pacific This is an eyewitness-and eye-opening-account of some of the most savage and brutal fighting in the war against Japan, told from the perspective of a young Texan who volunteered for the Marine Corps to escape a life as a traveling salesman. R.V. Burgin enlisted at the age of twenty, and with his sharp intelligence and earnest work ethic, climbed the ranks from a green private to a seasoned sergeant. Along the way, he shouldered a rifle as a member of a mortar squad. He saw friends die-and enemies killed. He saw scenes he wanted to forget but never did-from enemy snipers who tied themselves to branches in the highest trees, to ambushes along narrow jungle trails, to the abandoned corpses of hara kiri victims, to the final howling banzai attacks as the Japanese embraced their inevitable defeat. An unforgettable narrative of a young Marine in combat, Islands of the Damned brings to life the hell that was the Pacific War. Rare. ; HBO The Pacific; Photographs; 1.2 x 9.1 x 6.3 Inches; 304 pages; Signed by Author 
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Blood Trail  (Author Signed), Cook, Gary J. R.
3 Cook, Gary J. R. Blood Trail (Author Signed)
Dennis McMillan Publications 2006 0939767538 / 9780939767533 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
We provide delivery tracking to all US orders. Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover. Beautiful scarce collectors grade copy of this book. "Ben Tails (aka "Mr. Slide") leaves a bloody trail indeed in Cook's gripping tale of a modern warrior's journeys from Montana to Vietnam and other parts of Asia, always returning home, always searching. His skills as hunter and marksman turn him into a deadly sniper, while his Vietnam War experiences leave him disillusioned and aware that he has been manipulated for evil purposes. He stays for years in Asia, where he learns Mandarin and does his best to suppress the violent side of himself he calls Mr. Slide. Tails's core values make him far more interesting than the run-of-the-mill action hero, and when one of the rare people he trusts lures him from Montana to Japan for a simple job selling motorcycles—and sussing out bad guys—Mr. Slide may have to reappear. Tails soon discovers that he's being used as a pawn in a deadly and vicious high stakes game. Graphic violence, penetrating, incisive analysis of complex cultural and historical events and one man's heroic defiance make Cook's long overdue second novel (after 1988's Graveyard Rules) an event to celebrate. This is a writer with something to say and immense skills with which to say it." (May) ; 1.75 x 9 x 6.25 Inches; 465 pages; p; Signed by Author 
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THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II  V THE PACIFIC-MATTERHORN TO NAGASAKI, Craven, Wesley and James Lea Cate: Editors
4 Craven, Wesley and James Lea Cate: Editors THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II V THE PACIFIC-MATTERHORN TO NAGASAKI
The University of Chicago Press 1953 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
First Edition with dust. May have musty odor due to age and storage otherwise nice copy. Dust jacket has chips, but now in Brodart mylar protective cover.Covers from June1944-August 1945. Other volumes in the set may be available. From Wikipedia: fter V-J Day the Historical Office was moved from Intelligence to be a special staff office. The Office approached Wesley Craven and James Cate to oversee the history project. Craven, then a Lieutenant Colonel in the AAF, was on leave from the faculty of New York University. Cate, then a Major, had come to the AAF from the University of Chicago. They agreed on the condition that they would be given a free hand in editorial decisions and access to all pertinent materials, a requirement which they state "has been lived up to in letter and in spirit". The University of Chicago agreed with similar conditions to sponsor and publish the work.The seven volumes are in effect a collection of essays. Craven and Cate recruited 32 authors to write chapters or whole sections and also wrote several chapters themselves. Most of the authors had served in the AAF during the war and had returned to their college and university faculties after it. A few were professional officers with academic training. Craven and Cate note that "They have written as present scholars rather than as former Air Corps officers".Though the series has the appearance of an official history, editors Wesley Craven and James Cate emphasize that is "not an official report in the ordinary sense of that term – one to which the Air Staff necessarily subscribes in all its details and final conclusions". ; Vol. 5 
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Army Air Forces in World War II, Vol. 4  The Pacific: Guadalcanal to Saipan, August 1942 to July 1944, Craven, Wesley Frank & James Lea Cate
5 Craven, Wesley Frank & James Lea Cate Army Air Forces in World War II, Vol. 4 The Pacific: Guadalcanal to Saipan, August 1942 to July 1944
The University of Chicago Press 1950 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
This is the 1950 first edition with dust jacket. May have musty odor due to age and storage otherwise nice copy. Dust jacket has chips, but now in Brodart mylar protective cover. "This is the record of the Army Air Forces against Japan during the two years extending from the summer of 1942 to the summer of 1944. Air strategy and tactics herin described contrast sharply with those followed in the European war." May have other copies of the set available. ; Vol. 4; Maps, Photographs, illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 825 pages 
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The Army Air Forces in World War II - Volume Three, Craven, Wesley Frank & James Lea Cate
6 Craven, Wesley Frank & James Lea Cate The Army Air Forces in World War II - Volume Three
The University of Chicago Press 1951 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
Book now in archival sleeve to protect condition. From Wikipedia: fter V-J Day the Historical Office was moved from Intelligence to be a special staff office. The Office approached Wesley Craven and James Cate to oversee the history project. Craven, then a Lieutenant Colonel in the AAF, was on leave from the faculty of New York University. Cate, then a Major, had come to the AAF from the University of Chicago. They agreed on the condition that they would be given a free hand in editorial decisions and access to all pertinent materials, a requirement which they state "has been lived up to in letter and in spirit". The University of Chicago agreed with similar conditions to sponsor and publish the work.The seven volumes are in effect a collection of essays. Craven and Cate recruited 32 authors to write chapters or whole sections and also wrote several chapters themselves. Most of the authors had served in the AAF during the war and had returned to their college and university faculties after it. A few were professional officers with academic training. Craven and Cate note that "They have written as present scholars rather than as former Air Corps officers".Though the series has the appearance of an official history, editors Wesley Craven and James Cate emphasize that is "not an official report in the ordinary sense of that term – one to which the Air Staff necessarily subscribes in all its details and final conclusions". ; Volume Three - Europe: Argument to V-E Day January 1944 to May 1945; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 948 pages 
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The Army Air Forces In World War II  Volume 2, Europe: Torch to Pointblank, August 1942 to December 1943, Craven, Wesley Frank; & James Lea Cate
7 Craven, Wesley Frank; & James Lea Cate The Army Air Forces In World War II Volume 2, Europe: Torch to Pointblank, August 1942 to December 1943
The University of Chicago Press 1949 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
First edition with dust. This is a review copy with a signed letter laid in from Col. W. J. Paul the director, Air History Group. Dust jacket has chips, but now in Brodart mylar protective cover. From Wikipedia "after V-J Day the Historical Office was moved from Intelligence to be a special staff office. The Office approached Wesley Craven and James Cate to oversee the history project. Craven, then a Lieutenant Colonel in the AAF, was on leave from the faculty of New York University. Cate, then a Major, had come to the AAF from the University of Chicago. They agreed on the condition that they would be given a free hand in editorial decisions and access to all pertinent materials, a requirement which they state "has been lived up to in letter and in spirit".[5] The University of Chicago agreed with similar conditions to sponsor and publish the work.The seven volumes are in effect a collection of essays. Craven and Cate recruited 32 authors to write chapters or whole sections and also wrote several chapters themselves. Most of the authors had served in the AAF during the war and had returned to their college and university faculties after it. A few were professional officers with academic training. Craven and Cate note that "They have written as present scholars rather than as former Air Corps officers".Though the series has the appearance of an official history, editors Wesley Craven and James Cate emphasize that is "not an official report in the ordinary sense of that term – one to which the Air Staff necessarily subscribes in all its details and final conclusions".; 9.80 X 6.70 X 2.30 inches; 897 pages; Signed by Associated 
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The Army Air Forces In World War II, Volume 1 Plans and Early Operations, January 1939 to August 1942, Craven, Wesley Frank; & James Lea Cate
8 Craven, Wesley Frank; & James Lea Cate The Army Air Forces In World War II, Volume 1 Plans and Early Operations, January 1939 to August 1942
The University of Chicago Press 1948 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Fair dust jacket 
Volume 1. First edition with dust. Dust jacket has chips and a small section missing in spine area of dust , but now in Brodart mylar protective cover. This is first volume in set and other volumes may be available. From Wikipedia "after V-J Day the Historical Office was moved from Intelligence to be a special staff office. The Office approached Wesley Craven and James Cate to oversee the history project. Craven, then a Lieutenant Colonel in the AAF, was on leave from the faculty of New York University. Cate, then a Major, had come to the AAF from the University of Chicago. They agreed on the condition that they would be given a free hand in editorial decisions and access to all pertinent materials, a requirement which they state "has been lived up to in letter and in spirit".[5] The University of Chicago agreed with similar conditions to sponsor and publish the work.The seven volumes are in effect a collection of essays. Craven and Cate recruited 32 authors to write chapters or whole sections and also wrote several chapters themselves. Most of the authors had served in the AAF during the war and had returned to their college and university faculties after it. A few were professional officers with academic training. Craven and Cate note that "They have written as present scholars rather than as former Air Corps officers".Though the series has the appearance of an official history, editors Wesley Craven and James Cate emphasize that is "not an official report in the ordinary sense of that term – one to which the Air Staff necessarily subscribes in all its details and final conclusions". ; Vol. 1 
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The Military History of World War II, Volume 1-11 and 14-18, Dupuy, Trevor Nevitt, Col., Retired
9 Dupuy, Trevor Nevitt, Col., Retired The Military History of World War II, Volume 1-11 and 14-18
Franklin Watts, Inc. 1962 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Not the Complete set. Missing volumes 12 & 13. Red covers with photo insets and white and/or black lettering. May have minor rubs to edges and/ or corners. Contents clean and tight. No dust (as issued) as covers have stunning images appropriate to subject.. 1. European Land Battles 1939-1943 2. European Land Battles 1944-1945 3. Land Battles: N. Africa, Sicily, and Italy 4. The Naval War in the West: The Raiders 5. The Naval War in the West: The Wolf Packs 6.The Air War in the West: Sept.1939-May 1941 7. The Air War in the West: June 1941-April 1945 8. Expansion of Japan in Asia 9. Japanese ambitions in the Pacific 10. Allied Victories in China and Burma 11. The Air War in the Pacific: air power leads the way 14. The Air war in the Pacific: Victory in the air 15. European Resistance Movements 16. Asian and Axis Resistance Movements 17. Combat Leaders of World War II 18. Strategic Direction of World War II These books are written to give a brief overview and history of the battles or conflicts with photos, maps, and diagrams. They are not extensive accounts, but give a concise account of the subjects covered. The author was Born in New York, the son of noted military historian, R. Ernest Dupuy, attended West Point, graduating in the class of 1938. During World War II he commanded a U.S. Army artillery battalion, a Chinese artillery group, and an artillery detachment from the British 36th Infantry Division. It is as a military historian and a theorist that Trevor Dupuy would make a lasting mark on the world. (Wiki); The Military History of World War II; Photographs; 9.13 X 6.57 X 1.11 inches 
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10 Fuchida, Mitsuo & Masatake Okumiya & Raymond A. Spruance Midway The Battle that Doomed Japan, The Japanese Navy's Story
Naval Institute Press 1955 0870213725 / 9780870213724 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Book clean and tight. Dust has 1/2 inch tear to top, but now in mylar cover. Fuchida was a former Captain of the Imperial Japanese Navy, and Okumiya, a former Commander, Imperial Japanese Navy. A look at The Battle of Midway, a turning point of the Pacific Theater of World War II. Numerous maps and illustrations. Hardcover. Original jacket. Red pressed cloth.; 9.10 X 6 X 0.90 inches; 160 pages 
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Munda Trail Turning the Tide Against Japan in the South Pacific  (Author Signed), Hammel, Eric
11 Hammel, Eric Munda Trail Turning the Tide Against Japan in the South Pacific (Author Signed)
Crown 1989 0517569728 / 9780517569726 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
Author signed bookplate. Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover. Beautiful scarce collectors grade copy of this book. The story of the U.S. Marines in the Solomon Islands. The Munda trail was the way to the airfield on New Georgia island set up by the Japanese who needed it to support their war in the South Pacific. Rare. ; Photographs; 1.1 x 8.2 x 5.5 Inches; 252 pages; Signed by Author 
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Minutes of the Fourth Annual Assembly, Tennessee-Alabama Dist.,  Pilgrim Holiness Church, Howell, E. O. (District Supt.)
12 Howell, E. O. (District Supt.) Minutes of the Fourth Annual Assembly, Tennessee-Alabama Dist., Pilgrim Holiness Church
Jamestown, Tenn Cumberland Grove Campground 1937 First Edition; First Impression Paperback Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Buff color shows soiling otherwise excellent condition. Signed by R.D. Brown who was one of the trustees of the District. Contains the Official Directory, Ministerial Directory, Church reports. minister reports, etc. A rare work. Pilgrim Holiness Church or ' International Apostolic Holiness Church '[IAHC] is a religious denomination associated with the holiness movement that split from the Methodist Episcopal Church by Martin Wells Knapp in 1897. It was first organized in Cincinnati, Ohio as the International Holiness Union and Prayer League [IHU/IAHC]. Knapp, founder of the IAHC, ordained and his Worldwide Missions Board sent Charles and Lettie Cowman who had attended God's Bible School to Japan in December 1900. By the International Apostolic Holiness Churches Foreign Missionary Board and the co-board of the Revivalist the Cowmans had been appointed the General Superintendents and the Kilbournes the vice-General Superintendent for Korea, Japan and China December 29, 1905. The organization later became the Pilgrim Holiness Church in 1922 which eventually merged with the Wesleyan Methodists in 1968 to form the Wesleyan Church. Among many other Holiness children, the Korea Holiness Church, daughter of the IAHC/PHC, has approximately 10,000 churches globally and two million members in the four holiness denominations in 2010.Today, two groups of Pilgrim Holiness churches still exist from the secession of the merger in 1968-the Pilgrim Holiness Church, Inc. (of the Midwest) and the Pilgrim Holiness Church of NY, Inc. These two groups are not associated with the Wesleyan Church today but align themselves with the Conservative Holiness Movement. Many of the members merged into the Nazarene Church. Rare. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 14 pages; Signed by Associated 
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Paul Rusch   The Story of KEEP and What a Man with Vision Can Do, Ijiri, Toshiyuki &  Ben Kobashigawa &  Osamu Wakugami
13 Ijiri, Toshiyuki & Ben Kobashigawa & Osamu Wakugami Paul Rusch The Story of KEEP and What a Man with Vision Can Do
Forward Movement Publications 1991 0880281219 / 9780880281218 First Edition; First Impression Paperback Very Good with No dust jacket as issued Signed by Author
Book looks new. Inscribed and signed by author in both English and Japanese. Paul Frederick Rusch (1897 – 1979) was a lay missionary of the Anglican Church in Japan. Rusch first arrived in Japan in 1925, initially to help the YMCA with reconstruction efforts after the Great Kanto earthquake,[1] and stayed to dedicate his life and energies towards youth education, post-war reconciliation and rural development in that country. Through his association with the Anglican Church in Japan he taught both Economics at Rikkyo University and was instrumental in helping Dr. Rudolf Teusler raise funds for the expansion of St. Luke's International Hospital in central Tokyo. Rusch is most widely known for his work in founding the rural Camp Seisen Ryo (??? Seisen Ryo) at Kiyosato, on the slopes of Mt. Yatsugatake, Yamanashi Prefecture. The camp and farm, first opened in July 1938, served as an Anglican youth mission center prior to the Second World War and was rededicated in 1946 as the Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project (KEEP). Rare signed copy. ; 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.60 inches; 283 pages; Signed by Author 
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Shogi  Japan's Game of Strategy, Leggett, Trevor
14 Leggett, Trevor Shogi Japan's Game of Strategy
Charles E. Tuttle Co. : Publishers 1966 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Good in Fair dust jacket 
Dust has minor tears otherwise clean and tight book. Dust jacket now in Brodart mylar protective (clear) cover.; 99 pages 
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Indestructible  The Unforgettable Story of a Marine Hero at the Battle of Iwo Jima, Lucas, Jack & D. K. Drum
15 Lucas, Jack & D. K. Drum Indestructible The Unforgettable Story of a Marine Hero at the Battle of Iwo Jima
Da Capo Press 2006 0306814706 / 9780306814709 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Looks new. Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover. A riveting combat memoir of an Iwo Jima hero-the youngest Marine in history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor Here is an eloquent, plainspoken combat memoir of a young soldier who belongs in a class with World War II combat hero Audie Murphy. At the height of the Battle of Iwo Jima, Jack Lucas and three other Marines attacked a Japanese pillbox. When two enemy grenades landed in their midst, Private Lucas jumped on both grenades, just as they were exploding. His buddies were saved, but Lucas was torn apart. Miraculously, he survived-but just barely. For this brave action seventeen year- old Jack Lucas from North Carolina became the youngest soldier in the twentieth century, and the youngest Marine in history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. In Indestructible , we learn of the rocky road that led Jack Lucas to Iwo Jima-from his lying about his age to join the Marines to his going AWOL in order to join the action in the Pacific-and his arduous, frightening recovery following his heroic sacrifice. Today, wherever Jack Lucas speaks crowds gather to honor him and pay tribute to Marine heritage and pride as well as to pay their respects to one of America's greatest generations.; 1 x 8.3 x 5.8 Inches; 240 pages 
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F4F, No Author Listed
16 No Author Listed F4F
Bunrin-Do 1971 First Edition; First Printing Paperback Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Written in Japanese. Scarce if not rare. Looks like page 1 & 2 are missing otherwise complete. ; Famous Airplanes of the World, 16; Photographs; 58 pages 
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Koku-Fan, September 1971. Vol. 19, No. 14, No Author Listed
17 No Author Listed Koku-Fan, September 1971. Vol. 19, No. 14
Bunrin-Do 1971 First Edition; First Printing Paperback Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Written in Japanese. ; P-47; Photographs 
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OSS  The Secret History of America's First Central Intelligence Agency, Smith, R. Harris
18 Smith, R. Harris OSS The Secret History of America's First Central Intelligence Agency
University of California Press 1972 0520020235 / 9780520020238 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Looks almost new. Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover. “The best book about America’s first modern secret service.” Washington Post Book World In the months before World War II, FDR prepared the country for conflict with Germany and Japan by reshuffling various government agencies to create the Office of Strategic Services--America’s first intelligence agency and the direct precursor to the CIA. When he charged William (“Wild Bill”) Donovan, a successful Wall Street lawyer and Wilkie Republican, to head up the office, the die was set for some of the most fantastic and fascinating operations the U.S. government has ever conducted. Author Richard Harris Smith, himself an ex-CIA hand, documents the controversial agency from its conception as a spin-off of the Office of the Coordinator for Information to its demise under Harry Truman and reconfiguration as the CIA. During his tenure, Donovan oversaw a chaotic cast of some ten thousand agents drawn from the most conservative financial scions to the country’s most idealistic New Deal true believers. Together they usurped the roles of government agencies both foreign and domestic, concocted unbelievably complicated conspiracies, and fought the good fight against the Axis powers of Germany and Japan. For example, when OSS operatives stole vital military codebooks from the Japanese embassy in Portugal, the operation was considered a success. But the success turned into a flop as the Japanese discovered what had happened, and hastily changed a code that had already been decrypted by the U.S. Navy. Colorful personalities and truly priceless anecdotes abound in what may arguably be called the most authoritative work on the subject.; 1.6 x 9 x 5.9 Inches; 458 pages 
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The Wewak mission  Coastwatchers at war in New Guinea, Veale, Lionel
19 Veale, Lionel The Wewak mission Coastwatchers at war in New Guinea
Ashmore City, Australia L.P.V. Veale 1996 0646283162 / 9780646283166 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
Inscribed and signed by author. "To Bob, Lionel Veale, 8/8/96". Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover. Beautiful scarce collectors grade copy of this book. This book tells the story of a Coastwatch Mission which took four Australian soldiers on an amazing expedition deep into Japanese held territory in the north of New Guinea. The Coastwatchers, also known as the Coast Watch Organisation, Combined Field Intelligence Service or Section C, Allied Intelligence Bureau, were Allied military intelligence operatives stationed on remote Pacific islands during World War II to observe enemy movements and rescue stranded Allied personnel. They played a significant role in the Pacific Ocean theatre and South West Pacific theatre, particularly as an early warning network during the Guadalcanal campaign. Rare. ; Photographs; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 310 pages; Signed by Author 
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"A Defense Weapon Known to Be of Value"  Servicewomen of the Korean War Era, Witt, Linda & Judith Bellafaire & Britta Granrud & Mary Jo Binker
20 Witt, Linda & Judith Bellafaire & Britta Granrud & Mary Jo Binker "A Defense Weapon Known to Be of Value" Servicewomen of the Korean War Era
Hanover, N. H. UPNE 2005 1584654716 / 9781584654711 First Edition; Various Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Dark green cover, no dust. Book is new, just no dust jacket. Extensively researched, this book provides compelling insight from a feminist viewpoint that addresses discriminatory legislation and regulations that prevented women from realizing their fullest potential and integration into the military. The individual stories woven into the text add interest and complement the historical content. The chapter on the nurses is particularly powerful. Their service of caring, courage and dedication under the most hazardous and austere conditions are the hallmarks of the noble profession of military nurse." (Brig. Gen. Connie L. Slewitzke, U.S. Army, Retired ) ; 1.1 x 9 x 6.2 Inches; 336 pages; Fewer than five years after World War II, the United States found itself once again confronted by a war for which it was unprepared. Once again a downsized military establishment rushed to call up, draft, and recruit the needed manpower. And once again when it came up short, the services asked American women to leave their homes, jobs, and families to serve their country.

This book chronicles the crucial work of servicewomen in the Korean War, and other uniformed women who helped support that war and the burgeoning Cold War in places as far flung as the Pacific atoll of Kwajalein, bases in still-occupied post-war Germany and Japan, and lonely, isolated outposts such as Great Falls, Montana. The few short years between 1945 and 1953 saw pivotal changes in women's status in the U.S. Armed Forces. In a series of controversial and sometimes bitter legislative contests, women went from being almost a historical footnote in the immediate postwar period--a source of labor and skills the nation's military took for granted--to winning a permanent place in each branch of the armed services.

Largely based on the rich archives housed at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, this volume records the actions of women who served in the armed forces, as well as those in the Red Cross, the USO, and other nongovernmental organizations that sent women overseas in support of U.S. military personnel. Topics include the efforts of the Department of Defense to increase the number of female recruits for the Korean War and the difficulty of retaining them in an era that valued homemakers and devalued career women; the cost to the military of the female talent drain just when the military needed them most; and a close look at Army, Navy and Air Force nurses, as well as those in the innovative M.A.S.H. units, who all performed magnificently under dangerous and harsh conditions.

The book's conclusion assesses the failure of the military to fully incorporate women during these years as a result of its own paternalistic mindset (shared by society at large) coupled with the failure of wartime recruiting efforts and the low retention rate for servicewomen. The authors argue that the number of servicewomen remained far below authorized levels throughout this period, and the continued small size of the women's components resulted in their inability to accomplish their mission. According to the authors, this hurt the credibility of the women's services and haunted them for years, reinforcing the rock-solid belief of many that the military was for men, and women did not belong there. 
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