Student, Sailor, Skipper, Survivor: How WWII Transformed the Lives of Ordinary Americans
a novel by Julia Gimbel with journal excerpts from Robert T. McCurdy
Literary Collection - Journal & Diary Entries - Historical - WWII
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Student, Sailor, Skipper, Survivor goes beyond the often-told battle stories to describe the life experiences shared by millions of Americans serving during WWII. Using her late father's journal as the framework, researcher and author Julia Gimbel fleshes out what it was like to go through accelerated officer training, set sail, and live life at sea during the tumultuous war years. Step into the shoes of one sailor and, by extension, millions more to catch a whiff of the American spirit and determination of WWII. Learn how young Americans navigated military life and connected with their new brothers over the simple pleasure of a meal or a smoke, all while keeping their eye on the goal of returning home to resume the life they put on hold.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julia Gimbel lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, Josh, and their two pugs who snore peacefully at her feet as she writes. She is proud of her two adult children, Elijah and Lena, who are establishing themselves respectively at work and school. She has been published in "Family Stories from the Attic" (2017), "Creative Wisconsin" (2017 & 2019), and "Wisconsin People and Ideas" (2019).
Julia shares little-known WWII stories with thousands of followers on her facebook page, @JuliaWritesWWII. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in World War II Studies.