In his thirty-plus years within the Dutch Army, Colonel Jos Groen has been on several missions, including the combat zone of Afghanistan. As such, he has an eye for digging-up relevant facts, as a professional soldier. In his interviews with these three incredible WW2 survivors, Colonel Groen has elicited a degree of detail which I would’ve thought impossible, so many years after WW2 ended.
I’m proud of the fact that I steered him toward two of these individuals, to tell their stories in detail for the first time. This book is highly readable, crammed with fascinating stories and would have been as valuable, even if it was researched half a century earlier. Don’t miss it!
Author of 6 Books about the 101st Airborne in WWII
Three of the Last WWII Screaming Eagles is a marvelous and superbly researched tribute to three paratroopers of the renowned U.S. 101st Airborne Division that fought with distinction in Europe in World War II. This fine book is also a labor of love to America by a distinguished lieutenant colonel of the Royal Dutch Army who strongly believes that the citizens of his country should never forget the sacrifice of ordinary Americans in the name of freedom.
New York Times bestselling author of Patton: A Genius for War
Winner of the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in military writing and the Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize.
My father never talked about his war experiences in Europe during the Second World War. He took them to his grave, leaving me with only a few funny stories and regret that I never asked him about his time as a WWII soldier. Reading Jos Groen’s detailed account of the personal stories of three WWII veterans of the 101st Airborne Division, I can at last redeem to some extent this missing knowledge.
Groen’s comprehensive interviews and superb recounting of them brings to life the detailed, daily, and universal experiences of these three men. Their stories tell the stories of all those ordinary WWII soldiers that are now lost, like my father’s. The book is also a solid work of historical research, providing original documentation that will be of great value to any historian today or in the future. It is a pleasure to read on many levels.
Author of Matterhorn, What it is Like to go to War and Deep River.
Winner of Flaherty-Dunnan Prize, Indies Choice Book Awards, James Webb Award, WA State Book Award, William E. Colby Award
When they were young there were 16 million Americans wearing the uniforms and fighting in World War II. Today only 400,000 are still alive now in their upper 80’s and 90’s. Their voices are being silenced inexorably, day by day.
Dutch Army Lt. Col. J.M.H. Groen has done us a favor and an honor by capturing in their own words the experiences in combat of Jim “PeeWee” Martin, Dick Klein and Dan McBride — veterans of the Screaming Eagles, the 101st Airborne Division. They jumped into Normandy on D-Day; they jumped into Holland in Operation Market Garden and they withstood the attacking Germans in the Battle of the Bulge. We owe Lt. Col. Groen a debt of gratitude for capturing their memories.
Joseph L. Galloway
Co-author: We Were Soldiers Once…And Young, We Are Soldiers Still, and Triumph Without Victory: A History of the Persian Gulf War.
Winner of the National Magazine Award, Robert Denig Award, Tex McCrary Award
If you love oral history, you’ll love Three of the Last WWII Screaming Eagles, by LTC Jos Groen. This book chronicles in a rich and powerful way the wartime experience of Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin, Dick Klein, and Dan McBride, three elite paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division. Poignant in its honesty, powerful in its action, the book covers how these men grew up during the Great Depression, trained stateside, and fought the arduous battles of Normandy, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge. This is a must-read for fans of military nonfiction.
New York Times bestselling author of We Who Are Alive & Remain, A Company of Heroes, and Shifty’s War