from Mississippi takes the reader back
through time from Vietnam to the Civil War with
graphic descriptions of bloody battles where
Mississippians fought and died.
In 1934 a young man
named Morris Cohen graduated from Mississippi
State College. It was Cohen's destiny to become
a major atomic bomb spy for the Soviet Union,
and this story takes the reader into the shadow
world of Soviet spies and high level treason in
the US Government.
The book relives the
Bataan Death March and Corregidor and the
horrors of Japanese POW camps. It recounts the
Frozen Chosin campaign and fighting along the
DMZ in Korea, and describes the harrowing
experiences of three pilots at the brutal Hanoi
Hilton in Vietnam. The story describes the
terrors of mustard gas during trench warfare in
World War I, and the battles where Lt. T.C.
Carter fought in 1918. The author tells about
his recent visit to the battlefields of Eastern
France and the place where T.C. Carter was
killed. Then the incredible story of Lt. Charles
Read's Civil War adventures. And along the way
are poignant stories about boys and girls
growing up in Meridian.
WAR STORIES is
dedicated to the war veterans of Mississippi who
fought in armed conflicts in the past and to the
men and women now fighting with the US Armed
Forces in Iraq.
Lt. Robert Wideman,
Hanoi Hilton, May 1967: "I heard a blood
curdling scream and started thinking about the
Count of Monte Cristo who was in a dungeon for
thirty years. It was terrifying. But then I
thought, but this is 1967, and that kind of
stuff doesn't happen anymore."
Cpl. Andy Fenn, 38th
Parallel in Korea, Summer 1951: "I heard those
mines going off and terrible screaming. I
couldn't stand the screams and went out in the
minefield to help tote those fellows out on
Sgt. Carl Holloway,
Corregidor, April 1942: "I'll never forget the
Emperor's birthday when the artillery shells
started coming in from both sides. The whole
island shook. I think it exceeded anything of
its kind in the history of the world."
Morris Cohen, Miss
State graduate, summer 1939: Semyonev held out a
piece of broken comb, then Morris took out a
piece of comb he had received at the spy school
in Barcelona. The pieces fit together perfectly.
It was Morris' first contact with an NKVD
Lt. T.C. Carter,
Eastern France, September 1918: "The alarm was
sounded by a hundred klaxon horns. Everyone put
on their gas masks and soldiers put animal masks
on the horses and mules. The mustard gas fairly
rained down in the woods around us."
Lt. Charles Read's
tombstone at Rose Hill Cemetery, Meridian: "With
a crew of 17, he captured 22 Union ships in 21
days and struck terror across the eastern
seaboard. The 1863 adventure has been called the
most brilliant daredevil naval action of the
Publisher: Lone Star Press
Date Published: October 2004