WWII: A Legacy of Letters

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Zonicom Press, LLC, 2000 - History - 444 pages
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"The tome puts a face on many of the events surrounding the Pacific Theater of World War II as George battled through New Guinea and into the Admiralty Islands." By John Leptich, The Associated Press Sep 10, 2006 Examiner.com "I spent twelve to sixteen hours a day on the bridge of the USS Swanson and participated in the events as they occurred. I highly recommend A Legacy of Letters as an accurate account of the events. It also answered a lot of questions for me concerning the Admiralty Island invasion." Jack D. Sloan Retired Lieutenant, US Navy. "Writer Clinton Frederick's A Legacy of Letters: One Soldier's Journey not only presents a dramatic account of how he came to know his father through his letters, but also gives us a detailed history of America's heroic battle in the South Pacific." Jim Byrnes Writer, Director, Producer Annotation: WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT? Clinton Frederick returned to his grandparents' house for a family wedding in 2002. In the attic, just as he'd remembered, were Japanese swords, parachutes, and other memorabilia from WWII. In a trunk stuck back under the rafters, Clinton made a discovery that would change his life forever. Inside were more than hundred letters written by his father, Captain George Frederick. This correspondence, most of which Capt. Frederick had written to his mother, chronicled from a most personal standpoint some of the major events that shaped the world. The letters also allowed Clinton Frederick, for the first time in his life, to know what his father was really like. WWII - A Legacy of Letters, is a true story of love and war. In it, Frederick artfully weaves together his father's letters with historical information about some of themost important military campaigns of the war.

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October 2002To New Jersey
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Clinton Frederick was born November 24, 1943. For the first several years of his life, he lived on a farm about 30 miles north of Pittsburg, Kansas, and attended a one-room schoolhouse that had a total of eight students, grades one through eight. ?I was the skinniest kid of the bunch, ? recalls Frederick, ?and was pretty sickly, too. It was from eating lye soap, ? he adds with a smile but without explaining the incident. When the one-room schoolhouse closed, he and his mother moved into the town of Pittsburg while his mother continued her education earning a degree in home economics. Frederick graduated from Kansas State College of Pittsburg with a degree in business administration, and in 1967, became a certified public accountant in Kansas. Over the years, his career in accounting took him from Kansas to Washington to Alaska. Now retired, Frederick says of his life as a CPA, ?I tracked down lost numbers, discovered tax loopholes, and helped other people become financially wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.? Financial wealth, he quickly points out, is not synonymous with wealth of family, friends and health. ?I pursued the wrong career, ? he jokes. Throughout his life, he has been intrigued by history and particularly by the events of World War II. ?Discovering that letter-filled trunk a few years ago was a gift in so many ways, ? Frederick says. ?Those letters answered so many lingering questions I had not only about my father, but also about the realities of war.? Frederick lives with his wife Kathy in Scottsdale, Arizona, where they raise quarter horses.

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