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New books released

"They Say There Was a War," the personal accounts of American veterans who served in World War II, has been released by Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, Latrobe PA.

The book has 568 pages, more than 200 rare vintage photos, posters, original drawings, and illustrations, and maps of major campaigns of WWII.

It contains more than 50 personal narratives of American veterans who served in all services and theaters during World War II.

The 99th Infantry Division is one of the units represented in the book.

It is available for $35 from Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe PA 15650 or order online at The price includes shipping and handling.

"The Mortarmen," written by Michael Connelly is the epic and never before told story of the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. The men of the 87th landed on Utah Beach on D-Day with 4.2-inch mortars and quickly became one of the most sought after fire support units in the European Theater of Operations.

They fought for 326 straight days and were in almost every major battle in France, Belgium, and Germany. Their mortars placed devastating fire on the enemy from the beaches of Normandy to the Cherbourg Peninsula, and from Aachen to the Hurtgen Forest to the Battle of the Bulge.

The 292-page book is available online at or order a personally autographed copy direct from the author at 3440 Timberglen Rd., #239, Dallas TX 75287, phone 972-306-4717, or e-mail: