Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fall In, Fall Out...The Dogface Years, by Joseph Crew

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Product description...
Son, The Army Will Make A Man Out Of You
At seventeen years old and weighing in at barely 115 pounds, Joseph Crew and his identical twin brother, Richard, with parental permission, enlisted in the army in 1958. Their destination was the Third Armored Division in Germany—the same outfit as Elvis Presley. Their parents were in the beginning stages of divorce, and Joseph and his brother were looking to escape the domestic warfare. Fall In, Fall Out is Joseph Crew's intimate account, set against the backdrop of a pre Civil Rights, racially integrated army, charged to protect Western Europe from Russia’s hostile, overwhelming might during the deepening freeze of the Cold War. The book is about friendships, sexual discovery, racial tensions, and the heartbreak of young love. It starkly depicts barracks life and bleak war game maneuvers, and brings to life the flesh trade in a Mexican border town; the nightclubs of Copenhagen; the seedy streets of Amsterdam’s red-light district; and the glittering neon lights of Paris and Frankfurt—offering a glimpse of what army life was like in occupied Germany leading up to "the Berlin Crisis" of 1961. The young soldier's carefully preserved original manuscript provided the author a base to skillfully bring history to life and honor valued memories.

Product details...
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 341 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 23, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478727349
ISBN13: 9781478727347
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

Author Information...
After serving in the U.S. Army, Joseph Crew returned to Europe and spent the next several years working as a truck driver, dishwasher, clerk, and bar manager. He traveled extensively throughout Europe before earning a B.A. in international literature from Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1974. In 1976 he completed a Master's degree in counseling through Ball State University. Joseph, a retired family therapist, currently makes his home in western Washington where he paints watercolors and continues to write. Joseph's first published work, Abraham's Burden, a mystery novel, also available on, tells the story of Charlie Abraham, a Native American Viet Nam War veteran falsey accused of a murder he didn't commit. For more information about Joseph Crew or his books view his web page at His mailing address is P.0. Box 14173, Tumwater, WA 98511. Phone 360-352-0809.

*Gripping memoir of a young soldier's life. Having a son in the US Army myself, I found myself engrossed in this book. Pick it up (link at top of post).


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