Writing Your Memoirs

HOMEFRONT PRISONERS OF WAR THOMAS K. OLIVER (USAAF)      Tom Oliver in 2009      Oliver photos 2012 PETER DAHLBERG (ARMY)      December 7, 1941      Friends for Life      He Took My Place       Christmas Lights HAROLD TAYLOR (USAAF)      Story of Had Taylor STAN LIEBERMAN (ARMY)     Story of Stan Lieberman LESTER SNYDER (USAAF)       Durkee's Crew WARREN FAGERLAND (ARMY) EJI SUYAMA (ARMY)      My Combat in the 442nd HARRY NOLLSCH (ARMY)        Harry Nollsch       Taps Delayed       The Purple Heart FRANK MORAWA (GERM. ARMY)        Life of Frank Morawa LOYD BRANDT (MARINES)      Reluctant Heroes       Brothers in Arms JERRY TEACHOUT (USAAF)       Leaving Home for WWII CHUCK CHILDS (USAAF)       I Flew the Big One      Combat Mission 15      Riding Rails before WW2 HARRY PUTNAM (NAVY)       Veterans STEVEN WARREN (NAVY) GORDON LEASE (COAST GUARD) CLARENCE CARSNER (ARMY) WALLY DAHLQUIST (USAAF) GEORGE W. LARSON (NAVY) ALAN HERBERT (ARMY) RICHARD PERKINS (MARINES)      Letter home, 1944 RUSSEL FRINK (NAVY) JIM LOCKHART (NAVY) REX ALAN SMITH (ARMY ENG) VINCE FITZGERALD (NAVY) HONOR FLIGHTS CHARLES ANDERSON (USAAF)      Life of Charles Anderson HARLAND HERMANN (ARMY)      Letters during WWII WALTER MARCHAND (ARMY)      D-Day Doctor's Diary JUNO SUNDSTROM (ARMY) KEITH CHRISTENSEN (ARMY) DEAN SHAFFHAUSEN (NAVY) CHARLES GERLACH (NAVY) WAYNE BREWSTER (ARMY) WILLIAM A. SEMLEK (ARMY) KENNETH HALLIGAN (ARMY) WALTER MEHLHAFF (ARMY) EDDIE KODET (ARMY) TOM McDILL (ARMY) PAUL PRIEST (ARMY) VICTOR WEIDENSEE (ARMY)       Weidensee maps OLA CAMPBELL (USAAF) DALLAS BLOMQUIST (Marines) BILL LOFGREN (ARMY) HAROLD JANSEN (Navy)       Personal Summary JOHN W. FULLER (NAVY)      John Fuller Goes to War JOHN WILKINSON (ROYAL AF) MARCELLA LeBEAU (ARMY) HILARY COLE (USAAF) TOM WENN (USAAF) JOHN GASTON (USAAF) MAURICE CROW (USAAF) GEORGE MOLSTAD (USAAF) GEORGE MOE (US ARMY)


Rancher Craig Johnson of Ucross, Wyoming, wrote the bestselling Longmire series of novels around a Vietnam veteran.


Sheriff Walt Longmire, as described by Wikipedia, was  “drafted by the Marine Corps and completed boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and OCS at Marine Corps Base Quantico. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Division as a Military Police Officer, and served in country at Tan Son Nhut Air Base during the Vietnam War.”

 

Believe it or not, novels can actually get at truths denied those who stick to so-called nonfiction.  Veterans can learn from Craig Johnson, by reading his books—and listening to him in person.  He spoke at BHSU (Meier Hall) on October 19, 2017.


Take notes while listening to veterans talk in a public setting.  When you get home, type the ideas out while they are still fresh to you.  Try both visual notetaking as well as the traditional word approach.

Listening to other veterans talk can give you new ideas about what subjects can be included in your own memoir. Watch the audience to see what interests them most, including the question-and-answer period at the end. see example from Vietnam combat

 

Reading military history of any kind is a stimulus to remembering, and then writing. MAJ Ed McGaa finds that military novels help him reconnect with his earlier Marine Corps combat in Korea and then in Vietnam as an F4 Phantom pilot.  On re-reading the USMC novels of W.E.B. Griffin, “my whole being was rejuvenated back into an adventure-cast youth,” he says.  more


 

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has recently hired a scholar in psychological warfare (PSYWAR) to head its Humanities and Social Sciences Department. Allison B. Gilmore, Ph.D, comes from Ohio State University in Lima, and her book You Can’t Fight Tanks with Bayonets: Allied Psychological Warfare against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Southwest Pacific (University of Nebraska,1998) is “a study of Allied propaganda operations designed to undermine Japanese military morale during the Pacific War,” according to this state engineering and science university in Rapid City.

A former US Psychological Operations (PSYOP) specialist on Amazon says that “I found Allison Gilmore’s study of the US PSYWAR efforts against the Imperial Japanese Army during the Pacific War not only historically interesting but also invaluable.”