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Weston Veterans: World War II, (Vol. 2)
Weston Veterans: World War II, (Vol. 2),
by Adolph Caso and Margaret Caso,
Paperback ISBN 9780828325219 $29.95;
E-Book ISBN 9780828325226 $9.95
The authors, Adolph (Adolfo) and Margaret Caso, tell the story of 26 Weston, Massachusetts residents (twenty five American-born veterans and one non-veteran from Australia) all of whom lived during and participated in World War II. The contrastive narrative is derived from interviews of each veteran, and emphasizes: 1) the social context at the time of induction, 2) the kind of basic training each received, 3) the actual participation on battlefields, 4) the repatriation, and, 5) the commitment to family and work. Each story is that of an individual devoted to and consciously living the American way of life made possible by the form of government envisioned in a Constitutional Democracy. One Weston resident, on the other hand, lived in a democratic Australia during the War, in comparison with the three non-American-born in Volume 1, to further show the sharp contrast and divide between Democracy on one hand, and Fascism and Communism on the other.
Besides their stories, each veteran and non-veteran contributed additional information in the form of letters, documents, photos, and pertinent memorabilia relating to their lives as soldiers—many items are made public for the first time herewith.
Much as the veterans in Volume I, these additional veterans continue to tell a great story about the War and about their personal accomplishments as Americans. Of interest is to see how, in the specific battle of Anzio, two soldiers survived while others, by the thousands, were killed in that ferocious battle. Now Weston residents, one became a successful lawyer, the other a successful chemist from China’s Mao Zedong. Heroes abound. Men and women committed their lives to maintain our American way of life, and the world—the whole world! is the better because of them. Yet, throughout those days of battle, many wrote love letters to their wives, children and friends—letters of great solidarity and of the truest expressions of love—these are also included as mementos of great spirits!
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