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War is Personal. Hell, Luck and Resilience: Accounts of a WWII Combat Marine On Okinawa
The Invasion of Okinawa was executed against a desperate enemy. Teenage Roy Wilkes, USMC, was unfortunate enough to have a front-row seat. True, gripping stories and reflections from a WWII combat Marine. Okinawa was also the bloodiest and most costly. War is Personal relates Roy Wilkes’ Okinawa experience in his own words, compiled by his daughter, Elaine Wilkes, and illustrated with family and archival photographs. Alternately poetic, unflinchingly harsh, and dryly funny, Roy’s account captures not just the personal cost of war but expresses the ways in which Roy wrestled with his wartime memories to forge a meaningful and unusually productive life. Feel informed, moved and, ultimately, encouraged.

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