War Bonds

Greater Love

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Ken and Carolyn Lewis

War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation tells the stories of WWll heroes both at home and abroad. But those aren’t the only heroes I’ve met.

Last week I met Ken Lewis.  He was wounded during his first tour of duty in Vietnam and scheduled to be flown out. But before that happened the unit of South Vietnamese soldiers he was serving with was ambushed 400 yards from the base. Caught in a crossfire every single soldier died. “Eighty seven men, wiped out,” said Ken.
And he wept.
“He’s never talked about this before,” his wife, Carolyn explained, shocked by his openness.
But that’s not the heroic part.
After Ken got home, their 18 year old son enlisted and called to tell them he’d received orders for Vietnam.
“You aren’t going,” Ken said. “Absolutely not!”
He been there, you see. He didn’t want his son to live through what he’d endured.
His son balked. “Dad! I’ve got orders!”
“No,” said Ken. “No.”
He called a friend in the Pentagon and said, “There’s no way I’m going to let my son go to Vietnam– send me instead. I will go back.”
And he did.
His son was sent to Alaska and Ken did another tour of duty in Vietnam.
And I know I’m supposed to be a hard-boiled professional journalist, but tears filled my eyes and I sat in my car and wept after this interview.
“Greater love has no man than this….”

War Bonds

Excerpt from War Bonds in current issue of Nostalgia Magazine

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If you can’t wait until February to read some of War Bonds– you don’t have to!

Chapter 31 “So Nice To Come Home To”  from War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation is featured in the current edition of Nostalgia Magazine. The magazines should be in newstands next week!

“So Nice To Come Home To” is the story of Charlie and Mable Mitson. They married in 1942 and recently celebrated their 72nd Anniversary!

Charlie was a career military man, serving in WWll, Korea and Vietnam.
You don’t want to miss their amazing story!

If you live in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area you can find the magazine at Rosauers, Yokes (north side), Auntie’s, Corner Door Fountain and Books, Barnes and Noble, Albertsons (south side).

War Bonds

Hard To Keep Up With the Greatest Generation

Charlie Mitson, hat, low resWent to return some photos to Charlie and Mable Mitson this week. Their story is told in chapter 31 of War Bonds.
Charlie, pictured here in France, 1945, served as a paratrooper during WWII. After the war he entered the newly formed Air Force and became a pilot. He flew combat missions during the Korean and Vietnam War.
When I arrived Mable gave me a hug. I asked where her husband was. She said,”Oh, he’s installing a hot water heater at our grandson’s house.”
Charlie is 90.
There’s a reason we call these folks the Greatest Generation.