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A Fortress and A Legacy

A Fortress and a Legacy combines stunning historical accuracy with the pathos of a family torn by war. An exchange of letters between Knoxville native and B-17 bombardier Bud Perrin and his bride, a former Miss America contestant, gives this story heart and soul.

The book captivates readers with its portrayal of the cross-current of personal relationships set against the background of enlistment, training, and execution of bombing missions over continental Europe.

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Leave No Man Behind

“I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy” has been part of the spirit as well as the culture of the United States military. Those words are included in the U.S. Army Ranger Creed where they swear to bring their comrades home whether they are injured, captured, or dead.

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“OLD 666” And Its CREW: Job Well Done

Death has always been a companion to those serving in the line of fire. There’s always a chance for these soldiers to get hit by a sniper’s bullet, be buried alive, be hit by explosive devices, or be caught by the enemy. Definitely, the risk of being a solider cannot be fully known.

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Until We Meet Again Aboard USS Arizona

The famed USS Arizona was a magnificent battle ship that was hit by a Japanese torpedo during the war. The ship exploded and sank after a few minutes. Many of those who died were trapped below deck.

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