We observe Veterans Day on November 11, the anniversary of the armistice that ended the hostilities of World War I. As we thank our veterans for their service to the United States, it is also a good time to reflect upon and learn more about what they did for us. Here is a list of a few books to read, keeping in mind the sacrifices our veterans made!
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose tells of the men in Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, US Army. Men who fought, went hungry, froze & died, a company that took 150% casualties & considered the Purple Heart a badge of office.
Flags of Our Fathers by James D. Bradley is the story of the men who were immortalized on the Marine Corps War Memorial. It is a powerful account of six very different young men who came together in a moment that will live forever.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete and US Airman, and the journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is a profound study of men at war that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul. For additional reading on the Vietnam War try these titles: A Rumor Of War by Philip Caputo –and– We Were Soldiers Once… and Young by Harold G. Moore, Joseph L. Galloway
Generation Kill by Evan Wright is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of the USMC First Recon Battalion, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war.