"Growing Up in Pensacola" is a collection of nearly five dozen mostly humorous essays describing the author’s experiences growing up in a large family in a small Florida town.  It’s a potpourri of stories that need not be read in any particular order, that share the youthful joys of summers spent at the old swimming hole on Bayou Texar, the challenges of grammar school, the concerns of family and friends during World War II and the family’s connection to local politics.  The love of community and respect for friends and neighbors is evident in the stories about East Pensacola Heights and the love of boats and fishing by the author’s family and friends is demonstrated throughout. Adventures of commercial fishing, near disasters in the bays, collisions in the gulf, and near involvement with U-Boats in the Gulf of Mexico are recounted from interviews with family and friends involved, and the author’s research.  The author’s style is conversational and makes reading the stories enjoyable and entertaining.   

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     Johnson knew he could get his ass blown off in Korea, but that was a risk his government was willing to take.  The story begins in 1952 when the three U. S. Navy Dental Technicians were assigned to the U. S Marine Corps at Parris Island, S. C.  The three were unlikely friends:  Johnson, a self-professed "Redneck," and Dubeau, a proud Cajun, were white and from the South.  Carter was black and from the North.  They learned they would not be going to Korea but would remain at Parris Island..."till this damn war's over," said the Chief.
   They were bored, but life got better when Johnson won a classic 1939 Packard in a raffle, and they spend their off-duty hours in the nearby towns and Lowcountry Sea Islands for beach parties and fishing.  Segregation creates problems for Carter, who falls in love with Maria, a beautiful young lady from the Gullah Community on St. Helena Island.
They Also Serve is a story of broken hearts, tragedies, fallen comrades and hurricanes, but told with humor and optimism in the venacular of young military men, who serve their country well in time of war, and "cuss" just for the hell of it.
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   Written with humor and candor, "So, What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Seoul to Saigon" describes the experiences of a young girl working for U. S. Army Special Services in Korea in 1964, eleven years after the Korean War and in VietNam in 1967 during the War.    

Dr. Davis witnessed the best and worst of human nature.  She was the belle of the ball in Korea, but barely escaped a stalker, faced a soldier who broke into her hootch in VietNam, survived routine mortar attacks, chopper flights, and getting kicked out of the 1st Infantry Division. She met generals, political dignitaries, and a future president of the Philippines, but her best memories are of the young, brave, polite, fun-loving, and appreciative soldiers to whom she pays tribute. For them she would do it all again. 

Includes over 200 photos, & illustrations.

 

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FORTHCOMING BOOK:  "Hyers Point" (2019)

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