Voices of Winchester World War II Veterans

Publishing 4/10/2023
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What made the D-Day attack on Omaha Beach so remarkable was that it was carried out largely by National Guardsman—men of the Twenty-Ninth Infantry Division who had never before seen combat. One of the companies that was part of this historic day hailed from the environs of Winchester, Virginia. Winchester’s martial gallantry was hardly restricted to the beaches of Normandy. A future city councilor came ashore at Anzio, Italy. A future school principal fought in what may have been the Pacific’s toughest battle, Iwo Jima. Local men held the line at the climactic Battle of the Bulge, flew over Europe and the oil fields of Ploesti and even escaped a German prisoner of war camp. In the hands of longtime local journalist Adrian O’Connor, their stories come alive.
ISBN: 9781467151290
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 75
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Adrian O’Connor belatedly followed the advice of his dear mother—“Go to newspapers, young man”—and ended up spending forty years in the inky-wretch(ed) industry. First, though, there was extended pursuits of the history muse, as witnessed by his two degrees—BA, Randolph-Macon College (1976), and MA, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (1979)—in that discipline. Over those forty years, his ports of journalistic call included Petersburg, Emporia, South Boston, Danville and Winchester, all in Virginia. This book is O’Connor’s second compilation of writings for The History Press.
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