Texas South Plains War Stories

Interviews with Veterans from World War II to Afghanistan

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About the Book

Every veteran has a story to tell—often ones they have not told to their own families. But as one vet in this collection of original interviews succinctly said of his combat experiences: “Some things are better left unsaid.” Documenting recollections from survivors of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts—all residents of the Texas Panhandle—this book presents narratives from men and women whose young lives, for good or ill, were defined by their participation in warfare in service to their country.

About the Author(s)

Larry A. Williams is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired purchasing manager. He has written articles for the Army Chapter of the Chosin Few Newsletter, the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, the Lubbock Magazine and the Lubbock Senior Link Magazine. He lives in Lubbock, Texas.

Katherine McLamore has recruited and trained hospice volunteers for over a decade. She has written for the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Prize 31 Ministries, and the Lubbock Senior Link Magazine. She lives in Lubbock, Texas.

Bibliographic Details

Larry A. Williams and Katherine McLamore

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8307-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4212-3
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “Searing, inspiring, and immensely readable…this is oral history at its finest. Texas South Plains War Stories goes far in answering the first obligation we all owe our combat veterans—which is, simply, to remember.”—Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and On Desperate Ground

• “Superbly researched and splendidly written, Texas South Plains War Stories is a stirring tribute to the men and women who have risen to the challenge of serving in America’s armed forces in times of war. Larry Williams and Katherine McLamore have done us a great service by vividly capturing the memories, service and sacrifice of ordinary citizens who have answered the call of duty. This outstanding book is also a poignant reminder that our freedom comes at a high price that heroic Americans have paid in blood since our founding.”—Carlo D’Este, author of Patton: A Genius for War

• “Larry Williams and Katherine McLamore have assembled more than the notes and reminiscences of a scattering of men who fought for their country. This book is the heart of our collective conscience, the stories we must know, and those we must pass on to the future. The accounts in this marvelous book come from so many who are no longer here, who can no longer tell their stories. For the men included here from a more recent age, their stories ring no less true, and are no less important. Their day will come as well, and again, we must remember. This is a marvelous book.”—Jeff Shaara, author of Gods and Generals and To Wake the Giant

• “With their new book, Texas South Plains War Stories: Interviews with Veterans from World War II to Afghanistan, Larry A. Williams and Katherine McLamore have given us a rare look into the lives of our nation’s military, brave individuals who have offered their lives to secure and maintain our country’s freedom. These stories must be told, educating future generations, and reminding current generations of the high cost of the freedoms we enjoy in the United States. Williams and McLamore have interviewed countless individuals from several wars, detailing their personal stories, and preserving their memories in book form. In doing so, the authors have given us the opportunity to express our gratitude, to acknowledge these heroes’ selfless contributions, and to know these brave men and women personally and individually before their stories are forever silenced.”—Denise George, author of The Lost Eleven: The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in WWII, with Robert Child

• “As we lose more and more veterans from the Greatest Generation, it becomes critical that we recover and record for posterity the deeds and sacrifices they made for our freedom. This book goes a long way to doing that. Bravo!”—Larry Loftis, international bestselling author of CODE NAME: LISE and Into the Lion’s Mouth

• “Texas South Plains War Stories is a valuable collection of stories from our veterans. Williams and McLamore have done a stellar job of recording these memories so that we all can learn from the experiences of men and women who went to war.”—Gregory A. Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500