Stories of the Lost D-Day Discount

Lost_CoverHave you read my new book Stories of the Lost?

In honor of the men and women who fought, and died, on D-Day, I am offering a discount on my book.

From now until June 8, you may order through CreateSpace and take 10% off using this code: 5EY5G3H3 . The book is also available on the Kindle without a discount.

Imagine 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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Tuesday’s Tip – Write Your Military Stories

I started a discussion in my FaceBook Military Research and Storytelling group last month and on the World War II History network. It went like this:

I’d like to know how are YOU writing the stories of your ancestors. The way I write, share stories, and lecture may not be the way you share information yet there is great value in sharing what we have each done.

Are you blogging (post the URL); do you have a website dedicated to veterans (post the URL); have you written a book (describe what you did and post pictures); do you speak to groups about military history (describe what you talk about and how we can hear you speak). Did I miss anything? Feel free to add if I did.

One gentleman answered he blogs from his father’s diary and talks about his father’s military service. A blog is an easy way to begin telling the stories of our military ancestors. It isn’t a far jump from a blog post to a book. It just requires some finesse and filling some portions out and you can have a printed copy of a military story.

I’d love to hear your take on writing military stories. And if you need some inspiration, below are a few blogs written by researchers and links to books I’ve read (including my new book) that share military stories from WWII. And if you need help researching and writing the stories of your ancestors, feel free to look at my services page and contact me.

WWII Diary of Chick Bruns

2nd LT Malrait and the Thieme Crew

A Wounded World War II Vet: Pfc. Albert S. Pendleton, Jr. (1925-2006)


Holik, Jennifer. Stories of the Lost. Woodridge, IL: Generations, 2014.

Keay, Danny I.P. Roscoe Red Three is Missing. Dog Ear Publishing, 2012.

Schaeffer, Mollie Weinstien, and Schaeffer, Cyndee. Mollie’s War. McFarland, 2010.

What websites or blogs and books can you add to the list?

© 2014, Jennifer Holik

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Military Memories Blog Post: May 31 – Soldier Stories

May 31: Soldier Stories. As we conclude Military Memories, I have two prompts for you today. 1. I am grateful for the service of my ancestors because …….. and 2. I am grateful for the service of today’s soldiers because ……… #militarymemories

Lost_CoverThank you for participating in Military Memories this month. For more information on World War II records, please read my Generations blog and sign up for my Author newsletter for tips, resources, and news on upcoming book releases and educational offerings. And be sure to read my latest book, Stories of the Lost also available through my Author website.

© 2014, Jennifer Holik, Generations

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