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Current Issue Number 101 Vol. 35 October 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GLENN MILLER DECLASSIFIED
GLENN MILLER DECLASSIFIED:

GLENN MILLER DECLASSIFIED by Dennis M. Spragg. Potomac Books /Nebraska Press (www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/potomac/), 2017, 376 pp., $34.95. ISBN 13:978-1-6123-4895-7. Click here to purchase.

Although I cut my first tooth on rock and roll in the late 1950s, I’ve always been a fan of all kinds of music. My parents had big band records, and I remember them well.

My knowledge of Glenn Miller was pretty much nonexistent, save for the fact that I had heard a tune or two and knew he was a World War II era band leader. And that’s pretty much the story: or so I thought.

Hardly. There’s so much more to his story. Glenn Miller was big band. He was commanding officer of the Army Air Force Band. He could have stayed in America, all safe and sound, and made a fortune in the music industry doing so as a private citizen. But he chose to go to Europe to support and bring cheer to our men and women in combat on the front lines.

This book is an interesting read for anyone, but it would be especially appreciated by anyone who has spent time in the service as it is a treasure trove of service terms and acronyms. The moment-to-moment detail is incredible.

Glenn’s final flight from England to Paris should have never happened. It was never cleared by the appropriate parties. The weather was horrible with freezing temperatures, and the plane had no de-icing mechanisms. It apparently went down in the English Channel and no one survived. All three parties on board remain classified as missing in action to this day.

The differences between today and then are stark. No one could account for Miller’s plane for days, and no one was especially alarmed right away. The news was kept out of the press for some time. Compare that with the immediate media frenzy when John Kennedy Jr.’s plane went down.

Miller and his wife Helen were unable to have children, but they adopted two. While he had some time with his infant son before he departed for Europe, his daughter was adopted while he was away, and he never got the chance to meet her.

This is the story of an incredible man with an incredible talent. In the end, it’s a very sad story, but a fascinating read.Debra Jackson-Andrews

 


 

ORIGIN THE EMERALD CIRCUS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DRACULA SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS

THE GAME BEFORE THE MONEY Click on Book Cover for Our Review OTHER WORDLY

WHO KNEW? Oh The Meetings You'll Go To LEGENDS OF THE DRAGON COWBOYS When the Night Owl Screams

NORTH AND CENTRAL THE MISTLETOE KISS CHRISTMAS AT HARRINGTON’S

MOONLIGHT OVER MANHATTAN GLENN MILLER DECLASSIFIED AN IRISH COUNTRY PRACTICE THE SECRET LIFE OF SARAH HOLLENBECK

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