Lt. Col. John T. Reardon, USAF Ret., served as a C-5 navigator at Dover Air Force Base. After he published his first book about his great-grandfather's adventures in the Civil War, titled "A Civil War Cavalry Man," his readers suggested a similar book preserving the accounts of World War II soldiers titled "Our WWII Heroes." He was than honored to be able to show the same respect for the veterans of yet another tragic war by helping his friend turn his Vietnam story into a book, called "My Year In Vietnam" by Barry Popkin as told to John Reardon.
Some may be interested in tracing a Civil War officer's service from before Bull Run to after Appomattox. The lieutenant's experiences took him from Harpers Ferry and the Shenandoah Valley, through the southern prison pens, parole, and a return to duty in the very area where he had been a prisoner.
Others may be interested in a collection of first-hand accounts of WWII veterans. Readers of the first book agreed that veteran's stories should be passed on to the next generation. They shared stories ranging from air and sea battles to home front sacrifices.
"In My Year in Vietnam," it is a friend of Reardon's who was a combat infantryman surviving 365 days in the jungles of Vietnam.
Reardon is pleased to gather stories and offer a forum so that a younger generation may have a glimpse into the experiences of the "Greater Generation."
Norma Welch, a long time resident of Delaware, will be signing her two books at Sand N Stones. "Anville: A Delaware story of the American Revolution" focuses on what was happening in Sussex County in the 1770s. Her second book, "Invaded: A Delaware Story of the American Revolution," is centered in New Castle County during the same period, when the British Army under Gen. Sir William Howe marched through on his way to capturing the City of Philadelphia.
Welch and Reardon will be set up along 112 Front Street and Neal's Alley from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, for book signings.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sand N Stones will be hosting a sea glass and vintage nautical merchandise event along side Neal's Alley from. Some of the items will include bags of DelMarVa tide-tumbled natural sea glass and DelMarVa Diamonds, Christmas ornaments, vintage bottles filled with sea glass and much more.