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Florida And World War II.

Florida And World War II

Jim Wiggins

Heritage Books Inc.

100 Railroad Avenue # 104, Westminster, MD 21157

9780788445453 $23.00

"Florida And World War II: A Personal Recollection" is a caring look back at the World War II era in Florida by native son Jim Wiggins. With the help of relatives and friends and newspaper archives an interesting image of Florida's past is brought back to life in a comfortable narrative that really does turn back the clock.

Eleven years old when the war began, Wiggins, a freelance writer and photographer, recalls scrap drives and rationing, airplanes on practice maneuvers, military convoys on the highways, Nazi U-boat attacks, military prison camps and enough other stuff to keep you reading.

He reminds us of the cost of war to other native sons; Captain Colin P. Kelly Jr., hero who did not return and of much decorated airman, ace of aces Commander David McCampbell who shot down 34 Japanese aircraft in 1944, who did return, dying in Florida in 1996. There is even a picture of George H. W. Bush while in pilot training at Ft. Lauderdale in 1943.

"Florida And World War II: A Personal Recollection" is an interesting, well written personal recollection, well illustrated, well indexed and I hope well received.

Richard N. Larsen


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Title Annotation:Florida And World War II: A Personal Recollection
Author:Larsen, Richard N.
Publication:MBR Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Dec 1, 2008
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