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The James Earl Smith Story: A Personal Account of Life, Family, and War

By Jon Stroud

An account of one man's journey from small town Kentucky to the far corners of the globe.

The James Earl Smith Story is an authorized biography, written about one man's life, most of it lived during some of the most difficult times America has gone through.

The book is based on the memories of this 90 year old man, from his earliest childhood to his final days. It encompasses his time growing up in Kentucky during the Great Depression with his four siblings and parents, his eye-witness account of the attack on Pearl Harbor, World War II, and detailed information about his two older brothers, who also witnessed intense combat in the war.

Jon Stroud, the author, grew up in a small Southern Indiana town, close to his maternal grandfather, James Earl Smith. Even at a young age, Jon knew his grandfather was a special man, but it was not until years later that he realized what an interesting life Earl had lived. It was then Jon decided to sit down with his grandfather and walk with him through his life. This book is a result of their time spent together.

Soft cover. 196 pages. Approximately 6 inches by 9 inches. Printed in the USA.

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Perfect

Everything was perfect. My husband is a Veteran and enjoyed this gift very much. Thank you.

Enjoyed the book I always like reading real history.
One of the cups was completely destroyed, sent you an email when received got no reply, not happy on this
Got no geek patch or black tears.
What I did get intact (book & 1 cup) proved to be quite expensive…………

Loved it so much we bought it twice

My parents brought this shirt back as a souvenir for my 4 year old daughter. She wore it constantly until the day she discovered scissors 😭. She cut it up and was so proud of herself until I freaked out, then we both cried… I would usually take this opportunity to teach a lesson about scissors and say “sorry, you’re SOL.” But this gift was so loved and I felt she learned her lesson when she realized she had ruined it rather than improving it.

Great quality sticker

I bought it to put with my photo book and keepsakes from my trip to visit this incredible memorial.

Great coin

Just a beautiful tribute to those who served at Pearl Harbor on that fateful December 7th.