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The Resource My father's war : a son's journey, Peter Richmond

My father's war : a son's journey, Peter Richmond

Label
My father's war : a son's journey
Title
My father's war
Title remainder
a son's journey
Statement of responsibility
Peter Richmond
Title variation
My fathers war
Title variation remainder
a sons journey
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • To the generation whose understanding of the military was shaped by the Vietnam War - those who fought in it, as well as those who did not or would not have - it is difficult even today to conceive of a cause so righteous that they would be willing to risk their lives for it. To the generation that fought World War II, such a sentiment is truly unthinkable
  • Peter Richmond's father was one of those men who went off to war, and came back, but always held a portion of himself and his experiences in reserve. At least that was how it seemed to Peter in the few years he knew him; Tom Richmond died in a domestic plane crash in 1960, when Peter was just six. Tom Richmond was a highly decorated officer in the Marine Corps, winner of the Silver Star for his actions on New Britain, one of the three islands in the Pacific where he fought
  • The other two, Guadalcanal and Peleliu, are legendary
  • Peter has now reached an age when he realizes he has been a father to his own son for longer than he had a father himself. As a result, he felt a longing to know more about who his father was and what he went through. His memories are shaped by a photograph of his father, in uniform, and of the souvenirs that be kept locked away in a trunk in the attic
  • Peter understood that his father's time in the military was the most important period of his life, and to understand him better he would have to learn more about those experiences, which are so foreign to Americans just one generation removed from that time
  • In My Father's War, Peter Richmond seeks out the men who knew his father, who fought under him and commanded him, who were wounded alongside him, and who risked their lives on his command. He travels to the islands and battlegrounds where his father fought, walking the trails and beaches that were so vital then and too little remembered today. On Guadalcanal, he is there when the U.S. Embassy is closed due to budget cuts and the American flag comes down for the last time
  • On Peleliu, scene of some of the bloodiest, most brutal, and most unnecessary fighting in history, he is viewed with suspicion by those who depend on the marijuana-based economy and who see any visiting American as a potential DEA agent. And on New Britain, he shares the story of his father's exploits with young villagers who know little of the island's history and are eager to hear it and pass it on
  • . It is Richmond's task - his own duty - to bear witness to the courage of the men who sacrificed so much for their ideals and their buddies, to hear and understand and describe both the heroism and the extraordinary ordinariness of their actions
Summary
By retracing his father's South Pacific experiences during World War II, the author seeks an understanding of the man who died when the author was six, of his own identity, and of the nature of heroism
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
167832
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Richmond, Peter
Dewey number
940.54/26
Index
no index present
LC call number
D767
LC item number
.R53 1996
Literary form
non fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Richmond, Tom
  • United States
  • United States
  • Richmond, Tom
  • United States
  • United States
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • USA
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Marines
  • Marines
  • Military campaigns
  • Pacific Area
  • United States
  • Pazifikkrieg
  • Fallstudiensammlung
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a son's journey
Label
My father's war : a son's journey, Peter Richmond
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Guadalcanal. -New Britain. -Peleliu
Control code
ocm34474825
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
263 pages
Isbn
9780684800400
Lccn
96014680
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)34474825
Label
My father's war : a son's journey, Peter Richmond
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Guadalcanal. -New Britain. -Peleliu
Control code
ocm34474825
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
263 pages
Isbn
9780684800400
Lccn
96014680
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)34474825

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