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Got to Go Now, An Oregon GI Writes Home During World War II [signed]

Colvin, Edsel V.; Edited by Paul Colvin

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ISBN 10: 0759693552 / ISBN 13: 9780759693555
Published by Authorhouse, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A., 2002
Used Condition: Very Good Plus Soft cover
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319 pages; black & white illustrations; color-illustrated front cover; signed in ink by the author on the title page; a bit of edge-wear; some curling to front cover; one leaf creased near top; overall, in very good plus condition. Bookseller Inventory # 001283

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Title: Got to Go Now, An Oregon GI Writes Home ...

Publisher: Authorhouse, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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This book is a father-son project. Actually it's more of a father-son/son-father project. The letters are from Edsel Colvin to his dad, Frank Colvin from the time Edsel graduated from high school in 1941 until he got out of the Army in 1945. Most of the comments, introductions to chapters, and sidebars are also from Edsel to his son, Paul Colvin, most of them in response to questions about the original letters. These comments and other items are in italics throughout the book.Edsel's letters follow a small-town Oregon boy from his idyllic summer job as a fire lookout overlooking the Pacific in the Coast Range in 1941, where he was alone for weeks at a time, to the bitter French winter of 1944-45 when he saw his first combat and a fortuitous, but painful, hospital stay. They continue after the end of the war in Europe in May through the summer of 1945, when he was sweating out whether he was going to be sent to fight the Japanese in the Pacific Theater. They end in the fall of 1945 with his long-awaited discharge from the Army in Texas and his return to civilian life in Gold Beach.

About the Author:

Edsel Vincent Colvin was born on May 30, 1923 to Frank and Estella Jane Miller Colvin in Gold Beach, Oregon. His paternal grandparents were Henry 'Sam' Colvin and Miriam Dougherty Colvin. He was the youngest of four children (Aina, Juanita, and Marjorie) and many aunts, uncles, and grandparents were involved in his early upbringing.He went through the public schools in Gold Beach, and was the first and only person at Gold Beach High School to be elected president of the student body twice.After graduating from Gold Beach High School in 1941, he spent a summer as a fire lookout on Rocky Peak, about seventeen miles north of Gold Beach. He entered Pacific University, where World War II cut his studies short. He served in the Army in France and Germany as an infantryman on the front lines and eventually made his way back to Oregon after the war. From his graduation to the end of the war, he wrote over 300 letters to his family. He entered the University of Oregon in Eugene in 1946 and graduated in 1948 with a degree in Business Administration. He returned to Gold Beach as a teacher at the high school, married Frances Lea Pennington later that year, and had three children (Penny, Cathy, and Paul) in the next few years.During the summers in the late 50s and early 60s, Edsel took classes at the University of Oregon and got a Master's Degree in Education as well as his school administrator's certification. In 1963 he became superintendent-principal of Gold Beach Union High School and later superintendent of both the elementary and high school districts in Gold Beach.He has been retired for several years. He and Lea spend much of their time catching and smoking salmon and steelhead and visiting their children, who are now spread out around the state.

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