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Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2009

I thought Pearl Harbor Day was tomorrow… and had planned to post. Because I’ve seen so much wonderful writing about World War II recently.

Originally posted on Veteran’s Day, “Remembering One Woman’s War” is a great piece of writing at WVFC, about Sgt. Myrtle Vacirca.  Contributed by Luis Carlos Montalvan, it makes me feel like I knew, and would have liked, this spitfire of a woman:

“Pulling on her size 4 1/2 combat boots to meet her driver who sped through wartime Italy’s treacherous streets, Sgt. Myrtle Vacirca had no time to reflect on how her own unlikely history of peril and promise had brought her to this point. That day in 1943, she was just another member of the OSS, Office of Strategic Services, an elite, global force of intelligence agents created by President Franklin Roosevelt, and she had been summoned to the villa of the American head of the OSS in Italy, Raymond Rocca.”

One of the books I read for the most recent Ledger round-up of kids and YA books was Mare’s War. Here’s my review.

An intergenerational storyline is the basis for Tanita S. Davis’s “Mare’s War (Knopf,  $16.99, 352 pp.). Two sisters’ cross-country trip with their sportscar-driving grandmother Mare alternates with Mare’s engrossing flashbacks to her service in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II. The WWII chapters are so compelling, the modern setup feels like an interruption.

Also on my book list: rereading Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse, about Cherry working a troop transport. And I just picked up The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington about Roald Dahl working as a wartime spy!
And, after reading Sassymonkey’s review of it, I’ve been dying to get my hands on Spitfire Women of World War II. but am having no luck getting a copy. It’s a British publisher, and I’ve only found it used so far.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2009 2:54 pm

    Thanks for posting your review. We’ve linked to it on the War blog. We hope you will participate in the Vietnam War reading challenge for 2010.

  2. Lisa B. permalink
    August 31, 2011 10:45 am

    That spitfire is my great aunt….who is on my care at my home. After 66 years the VA is finally giving her her due…..She just received her Bronze star last fall.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    December 19, 2015 11:48 am

    The Spitfire was my mother, and her war work may not have been the most important part of her contribution to her country. She was very active after the war in the Special Operations Group which was the agency created after OSS was disbanded. She was active in the U.S. efforts to keep the Communists out of power in the post war elections, setting up some of the first safe houses and false fronts for what later became the CIA. She was an ardent feminist all her life, absolutely refusing to take any guff as she called it from any man. She also had 4 husbands but in general a great role model for young women everywhere. She passed away peacefully in 2012 at the age of 95.

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