My Pearl Harbor Collection

IMG_0575World War II has many facets to it. One of my favorite aspects of the war to study is the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This surprise attack launched by the Japanese was what threw America into the war.

Prior to this post, my collection consisted of two major Pearl Harbor books.

  1. At Dawn We Slept by Donald Goldstein
  2. All the Gallant Men by USS Arizona Survivor Donald Stratton
  3. And a National Geographic booklet on Pearl Harbor

Now, I have added three new books.

December 7th, 1941 by Donald Goldstein

December 1941 by Craig Shirley


Hawaii Goes to War by historian Desoto Brown


These books were bought not only to add to my growing WWII collection and my interest in Pearl Harbor but also because I am a historical novelist. Currently, I am writing a Contemporary Romance Novel but I really would like to one day write a novel set during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Hence why I bought Brown’s book.

Something that I had not planned on was what I found inside Brown’s book today. A small pile of black and white photos.



Yesterday evening I emailed the Pacific Historic Parks-USS Arizona Memorial asking some questions pertinent to my research. The heroine of my story is a school teacher. So a couple of questions were geared towards that. Can you point me to any books on education during WWII specifically in Hawaii? What Hawaiian schools were like? My final question was about if they recommended any books on the attack. Which I am now opening up to you guys. Are there any Pearl Harbor books you believe every WWII historian interested in Pearl Harbor should own?  Please leave a comment down below.



New Editions to my Library Continued

Last week I had placed a hold on the latest book in one of my favorite World War II historical fiction series and on Friday I received an email telling me that it was in. I had three days to pick it up which brings us today. So after class, I made a trip to the Cedar Falls library which called for another peak inside the Book Nook. I was so glad I did. Since my last trip, they had restocked not only the World War II section but also the Civil War.

My today’s treasures consisted of three books:

Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

A Higher Call by Adam Makos

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I was so excited to see these books on the shelves. My Dad owns A Higher Call and said it was really good. The prices for each of these books were great especially since Band of Brothers and A Higher Call were ex-library books. Finding that Band of Brothers was an ex-library book I thought it was a bit ironic because my other Stephen Ambrose book is also an ex-library book. The only downside to the Band of Brothers book is I believe a new edition of it came out.


Emmons Museum, Emmons MN

Last Saturday, my dad and I travelled to Emmons, MN to see their museum. The Emmons Museum is only opened on Saturdays and is the basement of the town’s library. The museum is small as is the library but it was a neat experience. I am hoping to look at the Emmons’s who are significant to history as my thesis.

One important historical figure with the last name of Emmons is Rear Admiral George F. Emmons. He fought in the United States Navy during the Civil War. A US destroyer was named after him, it is called the USS Emmons. Sadly, I cannot visit this ship because it suffered a kamikaze attack off the coast of Okinawa and sunk on April 6th, 1945.

Here is a slide show of the photos I took.

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In this slideshow, you will find photos of the display of Glaydon Iverson who died on the USS Oklahoma on December 7th, 1941. You can find my post on him here. We also toured the Emmons house. Sadly, I did not think to take any photos of this house. Here is a photo I took from


It truly is a gorgeous house both outside and inside. Hopefully, this project will turn out to be doable. There is not much written about the USS Emmons except for one book which I own.

Today in World War II History


Picture taken from Google Images

Today on Facebook I came across a post by the National D-Day Memorial Facebook page. Their post was remembering a town in VA’s sacrifice 75 years ago today.

This town is Bedford, VA.

On September 26, 1942, nineteen boys from Bedford, VA boarded the RMS Queen Mary, a British troop ship docked in New York City, New York that was headed for England where they would start their training for the Allied mission known today as D-Day. These nineteen boys who joined Company A of the 116th Regiment of the 29th Division were part of the first group of soldiers to land on the beaches of Normandy. Sadly, these brave souls died within the first few minutes of the attack on June 6th, 1944.


Photo taken from the National D-Day Memorial’s Facebook page


Over the course of the war, this small Virginian town lost three more boy. Twenty-two boys in all. To honor the lives lost a memorial was created and you can visit it today. I personally have yet to visit but it is on my bucket list.


Photo taken from Google Images


My Research Pile

A World War II Enthusiast (1)

Today after my class I decided to head over to the local library and use my brand new library card. Like I usually do, I went straight to the history section. It usually takes me a bit to find the right section but this time that was not the case. I immediately found the WWII section specifically the rows dealing with the Pacific War.

Because I am a graduate student, I am starting my research out slow. I checked out three books that I hope will be useful. They are shown below.

A World War II Enthusiast

A World War II Enthusiast (2)

A World War II Enthusiast (3)

My Newest Addition to my Library

Today after class I went to the Cedar Falls Library where they have a little used bookstore called Book Nook. They have a nice collection of novels, romance, history, biography, etc. It has been a while since I visited and it was sad to see that the WWII section had diminished. I did find one book which I bought but the other books I wanted were gone. They were, if I remember correctly, by Rick Atkinson. I knew I should have bought them when I saw them but I was trying to conserve money. You know being a poor university student an all. They also had the first time I visited two copies of Unbroken which I wanted to buy but didn’t.

Anyway today I couldn’t pass up buying The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw. The second book shown in the picture below was given to me by a family at my church. It is an abridged version of the full biography which was turned into a movie of the same title starring Andrew Garfield.


I’m hoping the next time I go in more books will be added to the WWII section. I’d love to buy more books on Pearl Harbor and the Pacific War in general. If not, perhaps my Dad and I can make a trip up to WI where there is a lovely used bookstore I love to visit. If that doesn’t happen, there is always Thriftbooks.

New Editions to my Library

Graduate School is very from undergraduate for a couple of reasons. One being the work is much harder. There is more reading than if you were an undergraduate. The second thing is you only take three classes. With only three classes, I end up having a lot of free time on my hands especially on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

So today after assisting my adviser in teaching his class, I decided to drive to the local library. I had heard that they have this Book Nook which is a used bookstore. It is amazing. They have a decent size history section. Today I found a lot of great books that I couldn’t pass up.


I apologize if the titles are hard to read. So I will list them down below from top to bottom.

The Greatest Generation Speaks by Tom Brokaw

The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose

The Pacific Atlas: 1941-1945 by David Smurthwaite

Pearl Harbor which is a National Geographic Collectors Edition

There were so many great books there that I’d like to go back and purchase! Let me know in the comments below if you would like me to continue to update you guys on my growing library.