By James Martin Davis; Published by the Omaha World-Herald
James Martin Davis of Omaha, Nebraska, was a reluctant soldier, drafted into the Army after his first year of law school and sent to Vietnam in 1969. He emerged a decorated combat veteran, intent on keeping the memory of his fallen comrades alive. He was here, after all, because of their sacrifice. The remarkable story of his uncle and namesake, Army SSgt. Jim Laferla, would launch the author on a continuing quest to give testament to the bravery, courage and loyalty of those who died during combat — not just in his war but all wars. Through this collection of poignant salutes, published over four decades by the Omaha World-Herald, we gain greater understanding of Memorial Day as “America’s holy day of obligation” — a time for honoring and mourning those in the United States Armed Forces who never came home. Includes over 100 images.
Softcover, 260 pages. Available in June 2021 for $21.95.