Stuarts Daft, VA, November 29, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Editor Charles Welsh today announced the release of Treasures from the Attic, My Father’s Letters, 1944-1945, from the States and Aboard Ship in the Pacific, published by Outskirts Press. This pleasing, poignant collection of letters offers a gamut of well written love letters, travelogues, battle descriptions, concerns about life on the home front, and chronicles of relationships with fellow sailors, all from the viewpoint of an ordinary seaman, Chuck Welsh, the editor’s father.
Chuck described himself as “an older man in a young man’s war.” In fact, he hadn’t enlisted until he was thirty-two and already had three children. He had been working as a newspaper reporter for the Associated Press – and continued his career with them after the war – and his journalist’s eye and writer’s talent is evident in these excerpts from the nearly five hundred letters he wrote during a nineteen month period in 1944-45.
The letters were found in 2003 in the attic of Chuck’s home and after he died in 2008 – at the age of 96 – his son decided to assemble them into a book because of the valuable insights they offered to veterans, history buffs and readers who enjoy a peek into the inner workings of an intelligent man’s heart.
The original twelve hundred pages of letters cover everything from Chuck’s Boot Camp and Gunnery School experiences, his initial cross-country train trip – and his first, startling view of the Rocky Mountains – through a ferocious typhoon that caused him true fear for the first time in his life to his ship-board perspective on the battles at Okinawa and Iwo Jima.
“Four fighters were attacking a gun placement,” he writes one day in Okinawa. “Four went in and only three came out. It seemed to all of us that we had lost a friend, that pilot who we never met.”
That camaraderie -- and Chuck Welsh’s ability to express it – provides readers with a view of a sailor’s life in the South Pacific during WWII which is not available in any other literature, formal or personal, about that era.
Treasures from the Attic is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.
ISBN: 978-1-4327-5925-4 Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream SRP: $25.95
Genre: Non-fiction/military history/World War II
About the editor:
Charles A. (Bucky) Welsh resides in Stuarts Draft, Virginia, and is married with seven grown children. He is a retired Human Resources Manager and has a B.A. degree from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from James Madison University.
For more information or to contact the editor, visit www.outskirtspress.com/treasuresfromtheattic.
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