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All of Us Fought the War, All of Us Fought the War, 0615698018, 0-615-69801-8, 978-0-615-69801-4, 9780615698014,

All of Us Fought the War
The University of Alabama and its Men and Women in World War II
Delbert Reed

Trade Cloth
2012. 392 pp.
200 illus
978-0-615-69801-4
Price:  $39.95 t

A companion to his When Winning Was Everything: Alabama Football Players in World War II, Delbert Reed’s All of Us Fought the War extends the story of sacrifice and heroism to the university at large.

An estimated ten thousand men and women with University of Alabama ties served in the military during World War II. At least 350 of them lost their lives, falling in 21 different countries, on 15 islands of the Pacific, and on five of seven seas. Some served long, torturous months in prisoner of war camps and many others were wounded.

The stories shared in this book illustrate the sacrifice of thousands of men and women who went to war to preserve peace and democracy in America and to reclaim freedom for countless million throughout the world.

Delbert Reed is writer-in-residence at the Paul Bryant Museum at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and author of When Winning Was Everything: Alabama Football Players in World War II and Paul "Bear" Bryant: What Made Him a Winner.

"When I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words."--Gen. Douglas MacArthur on the American soldier

"My most vivid memory of the war is the horror that I saw on that beach when we landed. I walked up the beach over arms, legs, and bodies for half a mile. It was pretty traumatizing, but you had to keep going and do what you were trained to do."--Beasor Walker, recalling his landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944

"We didn't know what kind of mission we were on until it was over and we were returning to our base. On the way back, we were informed that we had participated in the first atomic bombing mission."--James Strudwick, recalling his mission to photograph the atomic bomb explosion over Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945

"As we moved through France to Saint Lo, I saw a dead paratrooper still hanging in a tree. It was awful. I knew then that we were in the thick of it."--Cullen Sugg, recalling his first days of combat in France

"We went in thinking the Japanese had either left or been killed. We thought we would mop things up in a few days, but it took a month and thousands of lives. No one realized what fierce fighters the Japanese were; they were suicidal."--John Staples, recalling the battle for the Pacific island of Iwo Jima, which claimed almost 7,000 American lives

"We didn't know one day from another, night from day, or what time it was. That didn't mean a thing to us. We were just trying to stay alive and get out of there."--Al Romanello, recalling the three-month battle for the Japanese island of Okinawa, in which 12,000 Americans died

"As we walked up the ship's gangplank in New York Harbor, an Army band on the dock played 'Over There.' I don't mind admitting that it gave me goose bumps. We were patriots going to do our part and it was a magnificent experience."--Robert H. Kirksey, recalling his departure for combat in the European Theater

"I approached the formation with an interpreter and told them who I was. Their spokesman stepped forward, identified himself, and I was tendered the last arms held against the United States in World War II."--James Johnson, on accepting the last official surrender of Japanese holdouts on June 30, 1951

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