Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Book of the Month » Book of the month » "Shot Down" by Steve Snyder

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Veterans

Discuss the April Book of the Month Shot Down by Steve Snyder.

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#16 by Mune
» 18 Apr 2016, 23:44

My maternal grandfather is a Vietnam veteran. He was in the Navy. During one of their deployments, all but three members of his squad, including himself were killed when their ship was bombed and a fire broke out. My grandfather has the scars and his memories of that. His son is a veteran of the Gulf War. My paternal great-grandfather was in World War II. His father before him and the one before him were all active military men. One of them was part of a squadron that they made a movie or tv miniseries about. His squadron left California and were shot down. They all died. He was stuck back in California due to a training injury. I also have papers from one of the men in that line that was on horse back infantry in the Civil War.
User avatar
Mune
 
Posts: 90
Joined: 11 Sep 2013, 23:28
Location: Henagar, AL
Currently Reading: Revival
Bookshelf Size: 967 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Fire HD 6 Tablet
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 7%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#17 by Shelle
» 19 Apr 2016, 21:38

Mune wrote:My maternal grandfather is a Vietnam veteran. He was in the Navy. During one of their deployments, all but three members of his squad, including himself were killed when their ship was bombed and a fire broke out. My grandfather has the scars and his memories of that. His son is a veteran of the Gulf War. My paternal great-grandfather was in World War II. His father before him and the one before him were all active military men. One of them was part of a squadron that they made a movie or tv miniseries about. His squadron left California and were shot down. They all died. He was stuck back in California due to a training injury. I also have papers from one of the men in that line that was on horse back infantry in the Civil War.

What an impressive pedigree of service you come from! A sincere and hearty 'THANK YOU' to all those brave me.
A book is a gift you can open again and again.
-Garrison Keillor
Shelle's Latest Review: "Along Came Hope" by Carri Lyons
User avatar
Shelle
 
Posts: 266
Joined: 26 Jan 2016, 14:52
Currently Reading: For the Love
Bookshelf Size: 46 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 18%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#18 by Rachaelamb1
» 19 Apr 2016, 23:01

My father is a Vietnam veteran. He went through awful conditions, nearly died from malaria (which in the end saved his life as his whole group was killed shortly after he was taken to the hospital). When he returned to the states he was treated like a criminal and booed by the crowd as he arrived. :(
User avatar
Rachaelamb1
 
Posts: 944
Joined: 07 Mar 2015, 01:58
Location: Thailand
Favorite Author: CS Lewis
Favorite Book: Dragonwitch
Currently Reading: Falling Star
Bookshelf Size: 123 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 60 Books
Goal Completion: 20%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#19 by lmoses
» 20 Apr 2016, 20:46

I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to not only work with Veterans at a local Veterans Hospital, but to also be married to one. He has been enlisted for over 13 years and we are very close to our military family. For many who do not have the privilege to know a veteran, it is hard to understand what sacrifices these men and women make daily for our country and the love they have for one another.
lmoses's Latest Review: "Incandescent" by Shannon Avangeline
User avatar
lmoses
 
Posts: 211
Joined: 19 Apr 2016, 16:20
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 41 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 200 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#20 by Vermont Reviews
» 24 Apr 2016, 07:45

Thanks to all forum users.
User avatar
Vermont Reviews
 
Posts: 1239
Joined: 02 Apr 2016, 09:52
Favorite Book: Scam Prevention
Currently Reading: Storm of Arranon
Bookshelf Size: 343 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Fire HD 7 Tablet
2017 Reading Goal: 300 Books
Goal Completion: 15%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#21 by Veda
» 26 Apr 2016, 20:32

my uncle is a captain in the Indian navy and the last time I went to India , he took me to veterans camp and what one wounded soldier told me really stuck with me. He stated that while you are serving in the army or navy if you cannot come out of the service alive and in good health, the next best thing is death.

Listening to their stories made me truly appreciate the sacrifices they do for the country they serve.
Veda's Latest Review: "Antique Mirror" by D.F.Jones
User avatar
Veda
 
Posts: 21
Joined: 26 Apr 2016, 11:56
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 14 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#22 by HalcyonFlower
» 26 Apr 2016, 21:04

I really appreciate what our army (being from Canada) does for our country as well as others. Unfortunately, I hear more about the unfortunate fates of many veterans than I do good stories. It's really upsetting, especially with the kind of training they undergo and the horrors they face.
Publishing Contest ~ 2 Votes ~ View HalcyonFlower's Entry
User avatar
HalcyonFlower
 
Posts: 177
Joined: 22 May 2014, 19:45
Location: B.C., Canada
Currently Reading: Hearts In Atlantis
Bookshelf Size: 22 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 2%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#23 by Paliden
» 26 Apr 2016, 23:00

Many members of my family were or are veterans. I am so proud of them all!! And so grateful for their sacrifice!
Paliden's Latest Review: "Justified Anger" by Jennifer Colne
User avatar
Paliden
 
Posts: 454
Joined: 17 Sep 2013, 15:38
Location: USA
Currently Reading: White Cargo
Bookshelf Size: 1025 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#24 by grace-grace13
» 27 Apr 2016, 13:48

My family has always had this sense of duty toward their country. My mother was in the Navy, my father is in the Navy, my brother was in the Navy, and my Grandfather was in the Navy. We really love the Navy. Growing up with a father in the military was difficult because people who do not appreciate veterans are abound and when those people are your friends it can be difficult not to argue with them. I appreciate all that my father has done for this country, because being in the military is not just about war, it is about humanitarian missions as well. My father has done more humanitarian work in the military than he has anything else. I am grateful for my family and their contribution to this country.
User avatar
grace-grace13
 
Posts: 18
Joined: 11 Jun 2015, 22:59
Currently Reading: Why not me?
Bookshelf Size: 12 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 200 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#25 by Vermont Reviews
» 28 Apr 2016, 11:46

MsMartha wrote:
hsimone wrote:Thank you for sharing. I agree it would be nice if all countries can work together in a positive way to avoid wars. There's so much more to life than fighting, anger, and/or fear. This is a definite good point to bring up, thank you, MsMartha!



And thank you for starting this conversation--this book has been an excellent experience!



Thanks for all the postings in the forums :techie-studyingbrown:
User avatar
Vermont Reviews
 
Posts: 1239
Joined: 02 Apr 2016, 09:52
Favorite Book: Scam Prevention
Currently Reading: Storm of Arranon
Bookshelf Size: 343 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Fire HD 7 Tablet
2017 Reading Goal: 300 Books
Goal Completion: 15%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#26 by Rhoe_Marrow
» 02 May 2016, 10:39

I don't believe I know a war veteran. Atleast not on a personal level, but, I do believe they should be respected for the risks they have taken for their country. War effects them and their families in ways that we as civilians cannot understand.
User avatar
Rhoe_Marrow
 
Posts: 50
Joined: 26 Apr 2016, 10:47
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 20 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 20 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#27 by babika1962
» 02 May 2016, 11:36

When I was in grade school, I remember learning the poem, In Flanders Field and while I understood what the poem was about, it didn't really hit a chord with me until high school when we had to help organize some Veteran's Day events. I remember thinking how old all of the veterans looked. We lived in a farming community that was surrounded by several smaller towns and most of the veterans were those who had fought in WWI and WWII. Nowadays, veterans come in all different shapes, sizes and both sexes. What remains the same is the pride with which they served and thanks to the media coverage we have today, we see some of what our veterans have seen and had to go through which brings with it a greater understanding and appreciation for their efforts.
babika1962's Latest Review: "Eros of the Senses" by Ada Ardor
User avatar
babika1962
 
Posts: 30
Joined: 03 Nov 2015, 08:24
Location: Toronto, Canada
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 14 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 250 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#28 by CrescentMoon
» 02 May 2016, 13:32

Most of the veterans I have met have been through work or volunteering. I volunteered at a retirement home throughout all my four years of high school and I met plenty of veterans there and they had the most interesting and terrifying stories. I also worked at a VA hospital for 3 years when I was in college. After working and volunteering and meeting the veterans, I will never forget or take for granted their sacrifice and loyalty.
CrescentMoon's Latest Review: "Sins Unforgiven" by J.G. Umbac
User avatar
CrescentMoon
 
Posts: 658
Joined: 08 May 2014, 22:50
Currently Reading: Qualify
Bookshelf Size: 52 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#29 by Shelle
» 07 May 2016, 16:34

CrescentMoon wrote:Most of the veterans I have met have been through work or volunteering. I volunteered at a retirement home throughout all my four years of high school and I met plenty of veterans there and they had the most interesting and terrifying stories. I also worked at a VA hospital for 3 years when I was in college. After working and volunteering and meeting the veterans, I will never forget or take for granted their sacrifice and loyalty.


What rewarding work! I bet you got to meet some of the neatest people. I'm glad your experience left you with a sense of gratitude and appreciation.
A book is a gift you can open again and again.
-Garrison Keillor
Shelle's Latest Review: "Along Came Hope" by Carri Lyons
User avatar
Shelle
 
Posts: 266
Joined: 26 Jan 2016, 14:52
Currently Reading: For the Love
Bookshelf Size: 46 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 18%

Re: Veterans

Post Number:#30 by Brittster
» 07 May 2016, 16:53

Both of my parents were in the military. My dad specifically was actually out their flying through wars. I am so thankful that both my parents joined the military and contributed to protecting their country. I am also thankful that they got out when I was still extremely young. My dad has told me it is so weird that I have no experience with having him gone for months at a time but its all my older sisters knew before their mom and my dad were divorced. I am a teacher and I have a student who is frequently distraught about her mom always being gone. No she has recently had to have surgery and was in another country. Imagine the worry and not being able to be with your mom and know what is going on. She is just a little girl.

The sacrifice these brave people make is astounding and they deserve the highest respect.

-- 07 May 2016, 16:57 --

babika1962 wrote:When I was in grade school, I remember learning the poem, In Flanders Field and while I understood what the poem was about, it didn't really hit a chord with me until high school when we had to help organize some Veteran's Day events. I remember thinking how old all of the veterans looked. We lived in a farming community that was surrounded by several smaller towns and most of the veterans were those who had fought in WWI and WWII. Nowadays, veterans come in all different shapes, sizes and both sexes. What remains the same is the pride with which they served and thanks to the media coverage we have today, we see some of what our veterans have seen and had to go through which brings with it a greater understanding and appreciation for their efforts.


The title In Flanders Field sounded familiar so I decided to go look it up after reading your post. It is such a beautiful poem but sad. It serves as a great reminder to always be grateful to those who gave and their lives and encourage those who haven't.
Brittster's Latest Review: "Trankarri" by Christopher Dean
User avatar
Brittster
 
Posts: 29
Joined: 04 Apr 2016, 15:37
Currently Reading: Inkheart
Bookshelf Size: 25 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Fire HD 6 Tablet
2017 Reading Goal: 25 Books
Goal Completion: 12%

PreviousNext

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

Navigation

Return Home » Book of the Month » Book of the month » "Shot Down" by Steve Snyder