Since I was a boy, I have avidly read and absorbed all the books, movies, and stories about World War II I could get my hands on. Because of my enthusiasm for the causes, history, events, and its significance to our world and society, I can say with some modesty that I have accumulated a substantial body of knowledge on the subject. Although it may not be the most reliable indicator of my World War II expertise, I correctly answer without fail every question posed on television quiz shows like “Jeopardy” and “Hollywood Squares.” Therefore, I consider myself a “gifted amateur” when it comes to many details about World War II.
My enthusiasm for all topics about World War II turned into a more constructive activity by writing a book about the Battle of Leyte Gulf. It was entitled Afternoon of the Rising Sun published by Presidio Press. Although the book is out of print now and only available in the used book market, I learned much what it takes to write a book. My long term objective is to write a series of books about naval warfare during World War II in the Pacific and then attempt a novel. Since retiring from IBM over fifteen years ago, I believe I have found a vocation as a writer. I find the activity thought provoking and, in the long term, satisfying.
I recently completed and published a second book entitled: Morning of the Rising Sun: The Heroic Story of the Battles for Guadalcanal. There also is a web site where you may learn more about the fights over Guadalacanal and some of the men and ships in those battles.
I am a widower and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. All my children are grown, and I am a proud grandparent.
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