World War II is the second book in the Grandpa John Remembers series. It is rewritten from the log John E. O'Hara kept during his Navy battles, 1942 - 1945 with photos. 140 pages. Released Oct. 2015
World War II is an accounting or what John E. O'Hara went through during the war years. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1939. Then on December 7, 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Early one morning in the spring of 1942 he boarded a bus. His destination was the Navy induction center in Providence, Rhode Island. After boot camp he was assigned to the attack transport USS William P. Biddle. In the mean time he attended Gray Marine Diesel School and became an Amphibian Engineer. Later John would be transferred to the USS Hugh L. Scott. Unfortunately it was struck by a torpedo on November 12, 1942 and sank. John was the last survivor to leave the vessel. After a sea battle, to get out from under the tremendous pressure of battle, some guys would sleep, some would play cards, and some would exercise or listen to music. John found that writing poetry about what had just happened helped him a lot. This book contains his writings of the battles he was in from 1942 to 1945, exactly as they happened. He maintained a notebook expressing his thoughts and continued rewriting them into poems through 1947. The author has also sprinkled in thirty-five images to enhance John's story
Raymond A. Wolf has always resided in the small Village of Hope, in the town of Scituate, Rhode Island. He belongs to six historical societies. It was at a Pawtuxet Valley Preservation and Historical Society meeting that he met the guest speaker one night. John was giving a power point presentation on World War II. Wolf felt strongly that John's story needed to be recorded in book form to be available for anyone to read, including future generations. Hence, Ray's fourteenth book, Grandpa John Remembers: World War II.