Vital Records of Brown County, Indiana: 1882-2000 Birth

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AuthorHouse, Sep 1, 2006 - History - 284 pages
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CHICAGO With the advent of World War II, many patriotic men left their homes to defend their country by land, sea and air. However, the sacrifices made by the Merchant Marines are often forgotten in the grand scheme of the war. Finished with Engine (now available through AuthorHouse), the new book by Herman F. Johnson, offers an insightful look into the lives and contribution of these maritime men.

      Written as a legacy for his children, Finished with Engine recounts Johnson's days as a Merchant Marine from 1945 through 1949. He takes readers along for a vivid cruise through the life of a mariner and the adventures that wait on the open seas.  Johnson sailed across the globe aboard merchant cargo ships and experienced a lifetime of events.

      From the moment he set foot on his first ship, the Farrar, Johnson was launched into a whole new world. Finished with Engine details stops in ports around the world and the often-adventurous shores, leaves and moments of rest and relaxation. In between, he offers vivid details on the inner workings of the ship, its coded language and the different personalities that sailed the seas alongside him.

      An intimate memoir that reveals the sacrifices and strength of these often-forgotten men, Finished with Engine is a testament to a generation that rose above adversity to greatness.

      Born and raised in Cadillac, Mich., Johnson grew up during the Great Depression. After the Merchant Marines, Johnson worked in maintenance and retired as a licensed engineer for the Chicago Board of Education after more than 30 years. He has been married for 56 years and has five children and nine grandchildren. Finished with Engine is his first book.


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