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Retracing Patriotism

WW II memories linger forever


Enlisting for an army is a double-edged sword. It puts one on a huge disadvantage, the 50-50 chance of coming home alive. At the same time, it gives one the greatest accomplishment of all—peace and security for a land so loved and for its people.

Author Noel F. Mehlo’s grandfather, the late Staff Sergeant Herbert Stanton Hull, went to war like the thousands and thousands of men who fought in World War II. Patriotism was the fire that kept them going. After all, if the evil in Europe was not stopped, how long was America safe and secure? Furthermore, how can a real man sleep at night knowing thousands of innocent men, women, and children were being slaughtered helplessly across the ocean? It was every man’s war, and SS Hull went in response to the needs of the time.

Author Noel F. Mehlo retraced the late staff sergeant’s steps in Europe. Many records are lost in the aftermath of the war; many soldiers die without names, recognition, or family to bury them. Mehlo did an excellent job gathering facts and figures about his grandfather, immortalizing him and his patriotism.

To learn more about the author and his works and to get a copy of his book, you may visit his website:
“The Lost Ranger: A Soldier’s Story”
Written by Noel Frederick Mehlo, Jr.
Published by Your Online Publicist
Published Date: June 2019
Paperback: $32.99
Ebook: $2.99


About the Author
Noel F. Mehlo, Jr. is the grandson of the late Staff Sergeant Herbert Stanton Hull. Prior to 2012, all that was known of his grandfather’s service came from a hand-written note that contained a mere fifty words. After his grandmother’s passing in late 2011, Mr. Mehlo inherited his grandfather’s ranger uniform and a single discharge paper. The information sparked a curiosity regarding the life and service of Staff Sergeant Hull including his unit.  Mr. Mehlo attacked the problem using a specialized set of skills acquired over the course of his career.

Mr. Mehlo currently serves as an Environmental Specialist.  Most of his professional written work includes reports and technical guidance. He has worked as a soil scientist, biologist and wetland scientist providing him with valuable skills in scientific research.  He has worked in cultural resources and has taught how to conduct historical research as well as a myriad of other topics in the transportation industry in which he now works.

Prior to his current work, Mr. Mehlo served in the U.S. Army as a counterintelligence agent. He had followed his grandfather’s example to serve. Mr. Mehlo combined his tenacity along with his skills as a researcher and intelligence professional to explore the details regarding the Fifth Ranger Infantry Battalion and his grandfather’s service. Using these skills, he sought out veterans and their families and earned their trust and support for the project.

Mr. Mehlo is married with a family and serves in a local Boy Scout troop.  Earlier in his life he participated in early American historical reenactment, with a focus on early Ohio history.

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