"Passport to Manhood" is the autobiography of Joseph Desloge Jr. The author describes his childhood during the depression and his adventures as a front line ambulance driver with the British and French Foreign Legion during WWII. He also describes the transition back to civilian life, starting a family and leaving a legacy. The stories about a bygone era and the future of civilization will warm your heart as well as bring reflection on where we are heading.
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Joseph Desloge Jr. was born on January 19, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was one of four children born to Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Desloge. He grew up on his families property in north St. Louis County off the banks of the MissouriRiver. Growing up during the depression and later serving with the British and French Foreign Legion shaped Joseph's view of the world and what's most important. He returned from service to begin work in his families business, start a family and eventually found Population Planning Trust, an orginazition committed to address the concerns of over population. Joseph currently lives on the property he grew up on with his wife.Review:
If you enjoy a good biography or autobiography, then you will certainlylike "Passport to Manhood" by Joseph Desloge Jr. Few books tell such a varied and interesting tale in such an easy reading manner.
Desloge begins his story with a brief history of his family background durin the depression. He brings to life images of history in a clear and often ultra-realistic manner. He gives us a view of a bygone world and the people he knew.
Desloge's next vivid image-set encompasses his experiences as as ambulance driver during WWII. A young teenager so conscious of the troubled times that he joins the American Field Ambulance Service and serves throughout the war in North Africa and Europe with the British Army and the French Foreign Legion. How do you top that off, you may ask? By capturing 16 German soldiers with one rifle, one knife, and one trusty Scot. War is a horrible and terrible thing, but not without its often humorous anecdotes. Desloge's book presents all aspects of service in the field. So if you like biographies, or war stories, or history, or just good, down to earth writing, then check out "Passposrt to Manhood". You may find a little of your own history in Joseph Desloge's story! -- Lt. General John B. Bennett
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Book Description Joseph Desloge Jr., 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110961636912