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Friends of the Sandy Springs Library-Author RONA SIMMONS-Honor Our Veterans

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Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Author Rona Simmons Discusses Her New Book
The book illuminates a little-understood and often ignored side of World War II— that of noncombat soldiers. These men and women who served in all branches of the military often miles from the front lines in Europe, North Africa and the Pacific, like their combat brothers, have remarkable stories to tell.
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Rona Simmons  

Honor Our Veterans on the D-Day Anniversary

Rona Simmons has written both novels and works of historical fiction. She coauthored Images from World War II, celebrating the art of WWII veteran and artist Jack Smith. The daughter of a World War II fighter pilot herself, she is proud to honor veterans and their stories through her work. Her stories, articles, and interviews have appeared in regional and national literary journals and online magazines.


For decades, the dramatic stories of World War II soldiers have been the stuff of memoirs, novels, documentaries, and feature films. Yet the men and women who served in less visible roles, never engaging in physical combat, have received scant attention

Convinced their depiction as pencil pushers, grease monkeys, or cowards was far from the truth, Simmons set out to discover their real story. She talked to veterans, read their letters, photos, and journals and touched their mementos. Simmons tells their tales following them as they report for service, complete their training, and ship out to stations far from home. She shares their dreams to see combat and their disappointment, but ultimately finds the noncombat veterans had far more in common with the front line soldiers than differences.

Simmons’ extensive research provides a more complete picture of the war, bringing long-overdue appreciation for the men and women whose everyday tasks, unexpected acts of sacrifice, and faith and humor contributed mightily to the outcome of World War II.


~~Winston Groom, author ofForrest Gump, 1942, TheAviators, and The Allies

A historical tour de force bringing to light the engine of the Greatest Generation—the women and the men who made victory in Europe and the Pacific possible.


~Jonathan J. Jordan, author ofAmerican Warlords

We hear the voices of those who were nurses, doctors, messmen, clerks, supply chiefs, and transportation enablers. Simmons creates eye -opening portraits of those heroes who also helped win the war.


~Franklin Cox, author ofLullabies for Lieutenants

For those of us who collect, preserve, and share the stories of our nation's veterans, the most common refrain we hear is "I didn't do anything special." Simmons's book proves that statement false.


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Sandy Springs Library
395 Mount Vernon Highway Northeast
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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