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To Remember Their Sacrifices is the Greatest Act of Respect

A compilation of recollections from heroes who have contributed during WW2 and The Great Depression


One of the darkest times in history had seen the rise of heroic individuals. World War II holds the record as the deadliest war. About 60 million people died. That includes about 20 million military personnel and 40 million civilians, many of whom died because of genocide instigated by the Nazis as part of their anti-Semitic purge. Some were massacred, and the others were victims of mass-bombings, disease, and starvation. About thirty nations took up arms and fought in this war. The main participants were the Axis powers—Germany, Italy, and Japan—and the Allies—France, Great Britain, Canada , the Soviet Union, some parts of China, and the United States.

During the war, the United States Armed Forces were served by over 16,000,000 Americans. These courageous men fought to keep the liberty of the country and for the world. Unfortunately, over 408 thousand died, and over 600 thousand were wounded. They made the sacrifice and endured chaos so peace may prevail in the end. However, these men do not get the credit they rightfully deserve. Instead of giving them what they are due, we often find them relegated in the backseat.

As a son of a World War II veteran, Michael Pungercar has always had a special place in his heart reserved for these brave men. In his book, “It Has Been My Honor” - he will share the perspective of five men who witnessed the dread of war through their own eyes. Pungercar touches on two significant historical events that had shaped the history of the world; The Great Economic Depression and World War II. He shares the stories of; Seaman David Russell, Lt. Alton Andrews, PFC Rayphord Tiffee, Edward Johann, and Pvt. Edwin Baker.

By reconciling historical facts and real-life accounts of heroism and courage, Pungercar was able to share  a message that motivates and educates. He was able to inspire patriotism while showing glimpses of the past and the terror these veterans had to endure for the country. He is also using the book to introduce a movement and broadcast a call-to-action for everyone to give more value and importance to these heroes. He introduced Honor Flight in the book. An Honor Flight is conducted by non-profit organizations dedicated to transporting as many United States military veterans as possible to see the memorials of the respective war they fought in Washington, DC, at no cost to the veterans. These Honor Flights led to the initial meeting between Pungercar and the five veterans featured in this book.

The book will indeed invoke patriotism and gratitude for those who trod the line between life and death, for the sake of peace and freedom.

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It Has Been My Honor: They Lived Through the Great Depression, Served in World War II, and Helped Rebuild Our World
Author: Michael Pungercar
Publisher: Your Online Publicist
Published Date: February 2021
Book Genre: History
About the Author
Michael Pungercar and his wife Milly are natives of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and currently reside in Springfield, Oregon. Mike is author of “The Promise Kept,” a book covering the Air War Over Europe during World War II. Mike is Founder of the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight program, a member of the 91st Bomb Group Memorial Association, and the Eighth Air Force Historical Society.

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