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The Long Road to Bataan and Beyond: Letters and Memories of a Man from the Greatest Generation

Joseph Paul Delon

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Hardcover. 540 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.3in. x 1.8in.This is the story of Joseph Paul (Joe) Delon, decorated World War II veteran and former Mayor of Rushville, Indiana. His life spanned the eighty-seven plus years from World War I (1914) into the so-called War on Terrorism (2002). The first-born of five sons and one daughter, Joe was a member of a close-knit Quaker farm family. In this environment, he learned the value of hard work and adaptability that prepared him for the challenges that faced him as an adult during the Great Depression, to a greater extent during World War II and his return to civilian life. Joe entered military service in April 1941 as a Private, a selectee in the pre-war draft; he was honorably discharged in November 1945 with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, having received a battlefield commission. During nearly all of this time he served with Company I, 152nd Infantry, 38th Infantry Division, which earned the designation, Avengers of Bataan. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge, two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. After he was discharged, Joe married and resumed his civilian career in the oil business. As he neared the end of this endeavor, he once again looked to public service and successfully ran for mayor of a small Indiana city. A major new challenging facing him now was economic development. An important part of the solution was that he negotiate successfully with his former enemy to bring Japanese industries to the community. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781420861556

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Title: The Long Road to Bataan and Beyond: Letters ...

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Binding: Hardcover

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This is the story of Joseph Paul (Joe) Delon, decorated World War II veteran and former Mayor of Rushville, Indiana. His life spanned the eighty-seven plus years from World War I (1914) into the so-called War on Terrorism (2002). The first-born of five sons and one daughter, Joe was a member of a close-knit Quaker farm family. In this environment, he learned the value of hard work and adaptability that prepared him for the challenges that faced him as an adult during the Great Depression, to a greater extent during World War II and his return to civilian life. Joe entered military service in April 1941 as a Private, a "selectee" in the pre-war draft; he was honorably discharged in November 1945 with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, having received a battlefield commission. During nearly all of this time he served with Company I, 152nd Infantry, 38th Infantry Division, which earned the designation, "Avengers of Bataan." He earned the Combat Infantry Badge, two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. After he was discharged, Joe married and resumed his civilian career in the oil business. As he neared the end of this endeavor, he once again looked to public service and successfully ran for mayor of a small Indiana city. A major new challenging facing him now was economic development. An important part of the solution was that he negotiate successfully with his former enemy to bring Japanese industries to the community.

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Joe and Floyd Delon grew up on the "family farm" before its transition to the large mechanized operation of today. In this environment, there was a bonding of parents, children, and grandparents as they lived and worked together. Joe, the eldest son, became a roll model for his younger siblings. Floyd Delon had pursued his brother's unfulfilled aspiration to become a teacher. After graduating from Ball State Teachers College, he began a long career in education. During this time, he earned a master's degree in educational administration from Butler University and served as a school principal. Next, he became a college professor after completing a doctorate in education and public law at the University of Arizona. Delon was designated Professor Emeritus when he took early retirement in 1991 from the University of Missouri. At that time, he became Executive Director of The Education Law Association, an international organization of educators and attorneys. Delon is a prolific writer having authored and edited books, book chapters, monographs and journal articles. These publications focused primarily on education and the law although his 1993 article, "The Legacy of Thurgood Marshall" is somewhat biographical. The Long Road to Bataan and Beyond, which he began to conceptualize in 2001 utilizes Joe's letters, notes and articles about him to tell his life story.

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