My 1991 Roots Quest Journal

1-Lucky Me 6 - RootsQuest26In 1991, I went on a roots quest across the United States to meet and interview all of my maternal and paternal relatives that I could find. I spent 70 days on the road in my Chevy Blazer and covered more than 11,000 miles. I kept a journal which then sat on the shelf for the next 24 years. Thanks to the help and good eyes of my wife Sandra, I invite you to click on the link to view a PDF of My 1991 Roots Quest Journal by William L. McGee

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New Titles 2015 – 3 Memoirs by William L. McGee

In three memoirs, each written in a straightforward style, Bill McGee recounts his various careers and phases of his life.

“It is my intent that each of my memoirs may inspire anyone without a formal education how they can still succeed in business and life with self-education and generous doses of self-starter and “can do” self-confidence.” -Bill McGee

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Cowboyin Years

The Cowboyin’ Years, 1947-1950: A Nevada Dude & Divorce Ranch Memoir
by William L. McGee as told to Sandra V. McGee
Bill McGee recounts “three of the best years of my life” cowboyin’ at Yellowstone, Lake Tahoe, and on the legendary Nevada dude and divorce ranch, the Flying M.E. 186 photographs and illustrations. (Updated/condensed from the 2004 hardcover edition of The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler by William L. McGee and Sandra V. McGee.)

Merchant Man

Merchant Man, 1950-1958: A Memoir
by William L. McGee as told to Sandra V. McGee
The author transitions into what he calls the “suit years” with careers in automobile sales and as an import/export merchant in the world trade business.

Broadcasting Years

The Broadcasting Years, 1958-1989: A Memoir
by William L. McGee as told to Sandra V. McGee
Bill sets his sights on a career in broadcasting and He enjoys a 32-year career in syndicated television program sales, television and radio representation, and television station management. In 1971 he launches Broadcast Marketing Company (BMC), a nationwide retail sales training and development program for the broadcast industry.

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Remembering Col. Paul W. Tibbets

tibbets3While staging for the invasion of the Japanese home islands at Subic Bay in the Philippines, I learned about the atomic bomb for the first time. As we observe Veterans Day this year, I would like to share one of my unforgettable memories of World War II…

On the morning of 6 August  1945, the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay piloted by Col. Paul W. Tibbets dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. To him it meant putting an end to the fighting and the consequent loss of lives — which it did. I had the pleasure of meeting Col. Tibbets in December 2001 at the D-Day Museum in New Orleans. We shared a book signing table for our newly-released books… his was the Return of the Enola Gay and mine was The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943, Volume 2 in my Pacific War trilogy, Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in World War II.

-Bill McGee, 11 November 2014

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70th Anniversary of D-Day

Twenty years ago this week, Bill and I were en route to Normandy for the 50th Anniversary of D-Day. Bill had been

Bill and Sandra McGee commemorated the 50th Anniversary of D-Day on the Royal Viking Sun, New York to Paris.

Bill and Sandra McGee commemorated the 50th Anniversary of D-Day on the Royal Viking Sun, New York to Paris.

invited to steam over with other World War II vets on the historic WWII Liberty ship, the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, which had taken part in the June 6,1944 D-Day Landings.

I talked Bill into going over on the Royal Viking Sun which was offering a more comfortable D-Day Anniversary Crossing from Montreal to Paris for veterans. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

Bill and Captain Ernest Murdock led discussions on board about the roles played in the Landings by the U.S. Merchant Marine and Naval Armed Guard gun crews. I met many veterans who had stormed the beaches of Normandy. Being from the generation who did not talk about themselves easily, these veterans were in a place where they could finally unburden themselves of some horrific memories. I will never forget that voyage.

-Sandra McGee

 

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“WE AIM TO DELIVER. WE DID!” -Motto of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard

“WE AIM TO DELIVER. WE DID!”   
(Motto of U.S. Navy Armed Guard)
Author and WWII U.S. Navy Armed Guard veteran Bill McGee attending a Memorial Day Service, May 27, 2013.

Author and WWII U.S. Navy Armed Guard veteran Bill McGee attending a Memorial Day Service, May 27, 2013.

In World War II, 145,000 U.S. Navy Armed Guard served on thousands of merchant ships (freighters, tankers and troop transports). The U.S. Merchant Marine crews operated the ships and the Naval Armed Guard protected and defended the ships from enemy air and submarine attacks.

“Little has been written about service in the Naval Armed Guard in which nearly 145,000 men served… William L. McGee remedies this with Bluejacket Odyssey, 1942-1946: From Guadalcanal to Bikini, Naval Armed Guard in the Pacifica book that has value for historians.” –Naval History Magazine
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“PACIFIC EXPRESS” by William L. McGee selected for Marine Corps Reading List

CoverPacificExpress, Vol III San Francisco, CA—BMC Publications is proud to announce their latest military history, PACIFIC EXPRESS: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II, William L. McGee (Editor) and Sandra McGee (Editor), has been selected for the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List (also known as the Marine Corps Reading List).

The Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List – Official Site is a list of required annual reading for all officer and enlisted Marines, whether active duty or reserve.

PACIFIC EXPRESS – the third volume in McGee’s trilogy, AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC IN WWII — is an edited collection under one cover of the best works by other historians on the importance of military logistics in World War II.

Consider this: During World War II, 16.1 million men and women served in the U.S. Armed Forces. However, for every one combatant in the U.S. Armed Forces, there were ten supportive personnel both overseas and on the home front. (Source: Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Record Administrator)

“After two decades of researching and writing three other books about the Pacific Theater in World War II, I felt compelled to focus on the subject of logistics to honor all the men and women – military and civilian – who served in logistical support roles for the front line combat personnel. I felt these non-combatant service personnel were (and are) often overshadowed by those who served in combat.” –William L. McGee, From the Preface to PACIFIC EXPRESS

For more about PACIFIC EXPRESS and other books by William L. McGee, visit  www.williammcgeebooks.com.

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70th Anniversary of the Battle for Guadalcanal

“For us who were there, or whose friends were there, Guadalcanal is not a name, but an emotion, recalling desperate fights in the air, furious night naval battles, frantic work at supply or construction, savage fighting in the sodden jungle, nights broken by screaming bombs and deafening explosions of naval shells. Sometimes I dream of a great battle monument on Guadalcanal; a granite monolith on which the names of all who fell and of all ships that rest in Ironbottom Sound may be carved. At other times, I feel that the jagged cone of Savo Island, forever brooding over the blood-thickened waters of the Sound, is the best monument to the men and ships who here rolled back the enemy tide.” -Adm Samuel Eliot Morison 

Excepted from Part I The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943: Guadalcanal to Bougainville, Pacific War Turning Point by William L. McGee

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