Someday … You’ll Know!

by Richard L. Hartness Sr.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/20/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 244
ISBN : 9781458222916
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 244
ISBN : 9781458222923
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 244
ISBN : 9781458222930

About the Book

Many World War II veterans returned to the United States of America and wrote autobiographies and memoirs about their life adventures.

Gold Star children also wrote memories of their fathers, with some seeking to learn more about men who never returned home.

But children who were products of short-term affairs during this time often knew little about their fathers. This book describes Richard L. Hartness Sr.’s quest to learn more about his dad – as well as his mother’s plan to reveal his father’s name on her own timetable.

Growing up, the author felt that his mom’s husband was not his father. When he asked her about his dad, she replied, “He went off to war and never came back.” When he pressed her for more information, she’d say, “Someday, you’ll know.”

That day finally came for the author, and this memoir highlights his search for the truth along with his family’s riveting history.

About the Author

Richard L. Hartness, Sr., Wynne, Arkansas, native while pursuing a 35- year career in supply chain management earned an MA in history. After retiring in 2006, he earned a second MA in heritage studies. He is a past charter president of both the Cross County and Mississippi County historical societies, and a past member of the Poinsett, St. Francis, and Faulkner county societies. He is a published author of books, booklets, and several journal articles on Arkansas topics, and is a public speaker. In 2012, the Cross County Chamber of Commerce chose him as Cross County’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year. Since 2012, he has been an adjunct professor of history for East Arkansas Community College.
A community activist, Hartness has served on the boards of several organizations, the most recent being the Arkansas Delta Byways, the AState Alumni Association, and the Friends of the Arkansas State Archives. Currently he is president of the Northeast Arkansas chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and commander of the Red Wolf Alumni Battalion at AState in Jonesboro, where he received a commission in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1967.
His scholarship in Russian history and geography of the USSR, enhanced with a top-secret clearance, and branch training in Military Intelligence, helped earn him an assignment as the Order of Battle officer at V Corps G2 in Frankfurt/Main, Federal Republic of Germany, just before the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. For his performance during those tense days, he received an Army Commendation Medal.
Inspiration behind his personal advocacy for Arkansas topics initially came from listening to his maternal grandmother describe her family photograph collection. This was enhanced through fifty-eight years of curiosity about who his soldier-father was – the subject of this current endeavor. Richard and his wife, Herberta, are currently living in Jonesboro.