Sherry joined us on Veteran's Day for a special interview to celebrate the release of THE COWBOY AND THE HELLCAT. She also shared her fond memories of Uncle Enno - an WWII veteran:
Enno was a big and vibrant man who was full of life. Enno served in the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Air Force, and then after the war in the U.S. Army Reserve until late 1948. Whew! In July of 1942 Enno was assigned to The 33rd Fighter Group, W.W. II Nomads. It was during this time that Enno served as crew chief for Major Phillip Cochran who was later the inspiration for the character known as Flip in the comic strip, Terry and the Pirates.
Then, in July 1943, Enno’s unit was shipped to Sicily and there they were joined by famous war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Pyle wrote about the Sicilian Campaign in his book Brave Men. Enno goes on to say that on July 12, 1943, they hit the beaches of Licata and Gela. He writes how the bombs were dropping all around them as they were waiting to push ashore and get off their landing crafts. It was here that they encountered General George Patton. Enno said Patton was incensed that some of the troops did not have full combat gear. The troops in question were our Army Air Corps ground crews. Enno quipped someone had to set Patton straight, and that probably took some doing!
After the war, Enno went on to live a long full life. I now have the honor of keeping watch over his dog tags. It’s mind blowing and awe inspiring to hold those worn tags in my hand knowing what all they’ve seen, and the places they traveled with my great-uncle.
It is veterans like Uncle Enno who we will remember at the SOS Military Mixer. It is families like Sherry's who will thank at the SOS Military. In honor of Uncle Enno, I am giving away a signed book from Sherry. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about a hero/heroine in your family - military or civilian, past or present - who influenced your life
2. This giveaway is open to US residents only (international readers can request convention bling at COUNTDOWN TO CONVENTION).
3. Comments are open through Saturday, April 2, 10 pm in Hawaii, to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 3, during the Weekly Winners announcement post. I also contact the winner if I have winner's email address.
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Kim in Hawaii
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