Child of The Greatest Generation

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The country had just gone to war with Japan, and a new patriot is born in the small coastal town of New Bedford Massachusetts. The date is January 20th, 1942. Sit down and enjoy the memories of growing up as a Child of the Greatest Generation, who as a young boy, came to understand what patriotism and love of country meant to him. As the years go by take a journey with him and how he discovered a gift to write patriotic stories to paintings and photos that are found throughout the book mixed in with his memories. Such as "Just an Old Piece of Cloth," "Woman Warrior," "The Eagle." to name but a few and each with the photo or painting that inspired him. A book worth reading and sharing with friends and family

About the Author

Author Name : Richard C. Rocha

     Richard was born shortly after Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Richard spent his early childhood in a small coastal town in New England then at the age of 15 moved to California with his mother and Step-Father. At the age of 17, Rich joined the United States Navy serving aboard the USS Forrestal and later as a member of an Amphibious unit known to the many sailors he served with as the Gator Navy. Upon returning to civilian life Rich went on to spend 39 years employed by Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion Division, working his way up from an hourly process operator position, to motor test mechanic and eventually as a member of management. Richard and his older brother Ron were taught at a very young age what being a patriot meant from their parents. Ron served in the United States Air Force and both brothers are proud to have served their country. As a father and grandfather, Richard passed on his love of country to them and has three grandchildren serving in the military. Rich has always had a love of US History and discovered that when he would come across a painting or photograph that depicted events in the history of the United States, he would sit down and write a story to go with the painting or photo. His family told him he should share his stories maybe even write a book, so he sat down and wrote "Child of the Greatest Generation"

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Where are your bones, I wonder?

Your dust, your last breath?

I see you queued with your mates

In your final military assembly:

            Bates next to Beasley

            Gillum next to Green

            And so on.

It is a moment captured forever in brass letters,

The year scuffed and barely legible.

How does a hero sleep?  Do you dream of past valor?

Or soft shoulders and tender kisses lost forever?

This once hallowed ground is swathed in weeds,

Cannons and missiles rusted and impotent,

The fence sagging with age.

People pass by, but nobody sees.

Even the names have become ghosts.

John W. Bebout  2018

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