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Gold Stars and Purple Hearts: The War Dead of the Ravenna, Nebraska Area: Vierk, Valerie Lee

Gold Stars and Purple Hearts: The War Dead of the Ravenna, Nebraska Area

Vierk, Valerie Lee

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ISBN 10: 1420876074 / ISBN 13: 9781420876079
Published by AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN, 2005
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Trade softcover in illustrated wraps; 495 pages. First published 11/10/05; this copy dated 12/03/05. Signed and inscribed by the author to her Aunt Mary Lee (Pesek) on the front free endpaper, otherwise unmarked. Light upper corner crease, otherwise fine. A clean, tight copy. From the Pesek estate. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 125081

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Title: Gold Stars and Purple Hearts: The War Dead ...

Publisher: AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Trade Paperback

Illustrator: Photographs

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed and Signed By Author

Edition: First Edition (stated)

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Gold Stars and Purple Hearts-the War Dead of the Ravenna, Nebraska Area is a compilation of biographies of the young men from a little town in south-central Nebraska and immediate surrounding area who died while serving their country. The author begins the journey when the town came into being in 1886 and takes the reader up to the war in Iraq. She has included a section of her remembrances of the Vietnam war from a fifth grader to young adult perspective. The biographies were compiled from meticulous research in the local newspaper archives, personal remembrances from the families and friends of the deceased, and letters written by the men. The author has also interwoven events from the little town that occurred during the war years. At times she has juxtaposed the local events with world events to give the book a well rounded flavor. As the author is an avid animal lover and advocate, she has included sections on the animal heroes and helpers in the various wars. Additionally, this book includes references to men and women who survived the wars and returned to their hometown to lead long and productive lives. The book is richly illustrated with photographs of the deceased, their final resting places, and current military memorials of the area. After reading this book, the reader will feel as if they knew these young men who gave their lives while serving their country. 500 pages and has 150 photo/sketches

About the Author:

Valerie Lee Vierk was born in Kearney, Nebraska on September 23, 1951 and has lived in nearby Ravenna most of her life. She has enjoyed writing since early childhood. She writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She is a member and officer of the Nebraska Writer's Guild. She graduated from University of Nebraska at Kearney in December 1996 with a B.A. in English and a minor in history. She has worked as a secretary at the University for twenty-one years. Valerie also loves nature and enjoys capturing the beauty of her native Nebraska with her camera. She monitors a large bluebird trail every summer. She also is involved in animal welfare issues.

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