Destiny! in the Land of Morning Calm: A Korean War Novel

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Itasca Books, Jul 15, 2010 - Fiction - 456 pages
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By October 24, 1951, when 18-year-old Arnold "Frenchy" Desprez was served his Order to Report, "The Forgotten War" had been raging for 16 months, and although truce talks had started, trench warfare was still constant.

Frenchy is a clever guy and with such high-tension times, as soon as he gets out of Minnesota he'll take you for one hell of a ride. From his days growing up and working on an ore boat to his days as "FO Frenchy" not a detail is spared.

Through it all, Frenchy will grow on you. His life is laid out for everyone to witness, as he earns more than medals for valor and purple hearts in the military. His experiences bestow upon him respect and sympathyhe shows you a real look into the lives behind a war that started 60 years ago.

Blending years of research on tactics and weapons, with emotional real-life stories obtained from countless interviews of those who were there, "Destiny!" also includes the author's own military experience and memories from the time.

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Tom Arthur grew up in Glencoe, Illinois, where he lives with his wife, Jane Arthur. After graduating from Hamilton College in 1952, he was drafted and then went through Infantry Basic Training, Armored Leadership School at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and Field Artillery Officers' Candidate School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. In the summer of 1953, just after the Korean truce, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Artillery, and served in the 61st Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Division, in Hokkaido and Northern Honshu, Japan. He had extensive experience as a forward observer, adjusting artillery fire, and as a battery executive officer. He also attended the Far East Command Mountain Training School and taught at the Winter Training School. After completing his military service, Tom attended Northwestern University School of Law and was a partner in the Chicago firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas, with a corporate securities practice. He retired in 1997. In addition to tennis and golf, Tom and his wife have hiked and climbed in Mexico, New Zealand, Europe, East Africa (Kilimanjaro19,340 feet), and throughout the Western United States, especially in the Grand Canyon. In addition to writing, Tom paints, sculpts, and makes silver jewelry. He has also enjoyed making furniture, mountain dulcimers, carving songbirds, and blacksmithing.

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