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West Point '41: The Class That Went to War…

West Point '41: The Class That Went to War and Shaped America

by Anne Kazel-Wilcox, Anne Kazel Wilcox

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Bataan. North Africa. Sicily. Omaha Beach. The Ardennes. West Point 41: The Class That Went to War and Shaped America is an uplifting story of ordinary young men in extraordinary times, in extraordinary places, who graduated directly into the teeth of battle and displayed unwavering leadership, honor, duty, and determination. From Sandy Nininger, awarded the first Medal of Honor of World War II for his actions leading Filipino guerrillas in the early days of the war, to Charlie Fletcher, Ed Rowny, Paul Skowronek, Herb Stern, and dozens of others who quickly found themselves leading companies, battalions, and regiments, these young officers struggled with the fog and terror of war and early command. In a postwar era of unprecedented military latitude, they helped shape defense strategy, led development of America's rocket programs, and created the theory and practice of helicopter airmobile combat that came to dominate in Vietnam. In Europe, Asia, and with the Soviets, 41ers practiced diplomacy and tradecraft as architects of American Cold War policy. All the while, they clung tightly to tenets of duty and moral courage inculcated at West Point: often tested, but holding firm to the bonds that make up the "Long Gray Line."… (more)



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If you read no other book about World War 2, you must read this one! There is no other like it. A five star rating is not enough! ( )
  SemperFi | Jan 13, 2016 |
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Anne Kazel-Wilcox and PJ Wilcox create a book that was far better than I expected it would be. They have created a very detailed examination of the West Point class of 1941 - the class that would be on the front lines of the Allied war in Europe and the Pacific, that would hold mid-level positions during Korea, and then hold the senior positions during Vietnam. This is a very detailed account, a rich history of these individuals, and the place they have in the Long Gray Line that stretches all the way back to 1802. ( )
  PJNeal | May 10, 2015 |
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This book is a very friendly account of the military careers of members of one West Point class on the eve of World War II. Some of the men portrayed are killed and disappear from the narrative very early, while others are followed for decades. It's an interesting take on military biography/history, because it covers several men well past the end of the war. I liked it. ( )
  wenestvedt | Jan 6, 2015 |
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This is not a good book, it is a great book.

I received a copy of West Point '41 as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers group. While my library is filled with books about military history, this one goes right to the top of the list.

The West Point Class of '41 is an amazing group of men. I could imagine how their stories more or less told themselves. What makes the book truly great is how the authors so seamlessly blend those stories into a timeline of the twentieth century and beyond. They don't get trapped into adding their own flavor or opinions into the events, they just relate the barest minimum of facts and let the stories stand on their own.

Very highly recommended. If this is not a five-star book, then I have never read one. ( )
  jshenn | Oct 7, 2014 |
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Great book. You don't realize all we owe to the West Point Class of 1941. The 424 graduates were rushed into WWll and had to take great responsibilty almost immediately, whereas it normally took 20 or more years of peacetime service to attain these positions. And the advances in technology that these men brought to the world is amazing - communications satellites which gave way to GPS tehcnology, helped usher in the internet age, created combat helicopters. Many of their innovations impacted civilian life - freeze dried coffee, MRE meals, night vision googles, stealth planesand the first drones. We owe them a debt of gratitude as they were guided by the principles of Duty, Honor, Country. ( )
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It’s an enjoyable and fresh contribution to documenting the experiences of America’s “Greatest Generation.”
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