America's Soldiers

Teens' Tales of Tribute

by Lynn Matison Geddie; Reid Geddie



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/13/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781438989013
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781438989020

About the Book

Here is an inspiring and poignant collection of teen essays, depicting individual stories of the courage and humanitarianism demonstrated by soldiers who served from World War II through the conflicts in the Middle East. These engaging stories illustrate how American soldiers, driven by perseverance and a spirit of patriotism, have provided our country with over 200 years of freedom and prosperity. Experience the tragedy of WWII pilot Lt. Norman J. Rogers, whose B-24 and crew went down over Germany and the massacre that unfolded. Observe how the victorious Tuskegee Airmen and one of their fighter pilots, Lt. William M. Wheeler proved their superior aerial abilities while faced with discrimination and segregation in the military. Find out about flying the Hump in the 'Forgotten Theater' of WWII. Learn what it was like for Marine Sergeant, Leroy Caughey to survive a rocket attack on his barracks in Vietnam. Read the stirring memorial to Captain Benjamin Sklaver, U.S. Army reserve officer killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. These are some of the remarkable stories featured and the history about those who lived it. Interwoven in the essays, are the younger generation's (the young writers') introspective reasons why they chose to honor these heroes.

About the Author

Born into the Baby Boomer generation, Lynn Geddie is the daughter of a WWII ‘Hump’ pilot. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of University Studies degree and completed Art Education courses at the University of Southern Mississippi. A former educator and artist, her award winning art work has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines. One of her painting workshops was filmed in a short documentary produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

Reid Geddie, a Georgia middle school student in the gifted program has received awards three consecutive years on his science fair projects. The essay he authored in this book came from his interest in aviation and a need to know more about his grandfather, a WWII pilot. Currently he is working on his solo pilot's license and is an avid fan of historic weaponry.

Mother and son are the sponsors of the American Veteran Essay Project. They live with husband / father Brent and their bull terrier, Scooter, in Metro Atlanta.