My Books

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Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 1

“ALL THE RECORDS BURNED!”

Cover Vol 1Have you heard that phrase regarding the status of Army, Air Corps, and National Guard records from World War II? Roughly 80% of these records did burn in a fire in 1973. This is not however, the end of the road for researchers. Many other record sources exist to reconstruct the service history of a World War II soldier. All the tools researchers need to start exploring their World War II soldier’s service are included in this volume.

The tools include:

  • The basics of starting research.
  • Tips for online and offline military research. Instructions for ordering the Official Military Personnel File and collateral records to reconstruct service history.
  • Tips on researching the service history of women who served in the Army and Air Corps.
  • And, tips for placing the soldier into historical context using higher level records.

Through dozens of examples, checklists, and document images, researchers are taught how to analyze the Official Military Personnel File, records created for the Missing, the Prisoners, and the Dead, and numerous other records which may help reconstruct the service history. This is the most important reference guide researchers need to begin researching and writing the story of their Army, Air Corps, and National Guard World War II soldier available today.

Available in Paperback and Hardcover.  View all my World War II and genealogy books on my author website.

Examine additional resources for this volume on my author website.

“Jennifer Holik’s Stories From the World War II Battlefield is a remarkable achievement. The growing number of people dedicated to learning of an ancestor’s World War II military service cannot afford to miss it! It provides a clear and focused explanation of the sometimes baffling archival resources available to the public related to wartime service. I’ve been studying World War II for more than three decades, and I still learned plenty of new research techniques from Jennifer’s book.”  — Joseph Balkoski, author of Omaha Beach and Beyond the Beachhead

“Well written, well organized and authoritative, Stories from the World War II Battlefield is an outstanding how-to guide for World War II genealogical research. Quite simply, this is the best single resource for tracing the World War II service of individual servicemen and women. I highly recommend it.”  — John C. McManus, Ph.D., Curator’s Professor of History, Missouri S&T, Author of The Dead and Those About to Die, D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach.

Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 2

“ALL THE RECORDS BURNED!” Cover Vol 2

Have you heard that phrase regarding the status of Army, Air Corps, and National Guard records from World War II? Roughly 80% of these records did burn in a fire in 1973. The Navy, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and Marine Corps records were unaffected, except for a very small percentage. Researchers with family members in these branches have access to complete military service histories. All the tools researchers need to start exploring their World War II sailor or Marine’s service are included in this volume.

The tools include:

  • The basics of starting research.
  • Tips for online and offline military research. Instructions for ordering and using the Official Military Personnel File and collateral records to reconstruct service history.
  • Tips on researching the service history of women who served in the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps.
  • And, tips for placing the soldier into historical context using higher level records.

Through dozens of examples, checklists, and document images, researchers are taught how to analyze the Official Military Personnel File, records created for the Missing, the Prisoners, and the Dead, and numerous other records which may help reconstruct the service history. This is the most important reference guide researchers need to begin researching and writing the story of their Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Merchant Marine World War II sailor or Marine available today.

Available in Paperback or Hardcover.  View all my World War II and genealogy books on my author website.

Examine additional resources for this volume on my author website.

“Jennifer Holik’s Stories From the World War II Battlefield is a remarkable achievement. The growing number of people dedicated to learning of an ancestor’s World War II military service cannot afford to miss it! It provides a clear and focused explanation of the sometimes baffling archival resources available to the public related to wartime service. I’ve been studying World War II for more than three decades, and I still learned plenty of new research techniques from Jennifer’s book.”  — Joseph Balkoski, author of Omaha Beach and Beyond the Beachhead

“Well written, well organized and authoritative, Stories from the World War II Battlefield is an outstanding how-to guide for World War II genealogical research. Quite simply, this is the best single resource for tracing the World War II service of individual servicemen and women. I highly recommend it.”  — John C. McManus, Ph.D., Curator’s Professor of History, Missouri S&T, Author of The Dead and Those About to Die, D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach.

The Tiger’s Widow: A Woman Who Took Up the Fight, the Story of Virginia Brouk

TigerWidow_6x9_printLove knows no boundaries of time and space or life and death. It exists forever in our hearts as we remember and honor those who have gone before us. Through those memories we pass life lessons on to the next generation. We teach others there is light after darkness, hope after despair, and love is the glue that puts shattered hearts back together.

This is a story of five hearts separated by time and space; hearts which would meet in the perfect moment. It is a story about never ending love that lived on even after death. Join me on a journey that spans 72 years and several continents. This is the story of the life of Virginia Scharer Brouk, the wife of Flying Tiger, Robert Brouk. Virginia picked up the pieces of her life and joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, later known as the Women’s Army Corps (WAC,) to take up the fight after Robert was killed in a plane crash. Virginia’s story is of life, loss, war, and the connection of hearts filled with love.

Available in Paperback or Kindle.

Stories of the Lost

Lost_CoverImagine sending your son off to war. Will he return unharmed, unchanged, and whole? How long will he be gone? Will the war last forever? Will he return? Standing in front of you at the railroad station is a young man in uniform. He looks so handsome, so strong, and full of life. You hug him tightly before he boards the train. You wave goodbye and he’s gone.

Years later your son returns from the war. He arrives not walking off the train, but carried off in a flag draped casket. Dead almost four years now and buried in a foreign land, you did not know where he was buried for almost two years after he was killed. Your son is unable to tell his story of war. Who will tell his story?

This book is a collection of stories about my relatives who left by train to fight for our freedom and never returned. Three of the men were brought home after the war ended. One however, still sleeps in that foreign soil. It is also the recognition of the men who cared for them after death. The stories of the lost found through the military record.

 

 

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