Monthly Archives: February 2015

A medal earned on Luzon

2/10/2015. The  first phase of combat on Luzon for the 43rd Infantry Division was coming to an end this date in 1945. More was to come. Wilber had just received word that he had been awarded a second Silver Star. As he put it on Feb. 12, ” Pop got decorated again. This time it was a Silver Star based on an Infantry recommendation. I’m very proud of it but my inner conscience tells me I didn’t really earn it.”

The day Lt. Mushik was awarded the DSC

2/6/15. December 27, 1943, was a proud day for the 169th Field Artillery Battalion when one of its own, Lt. Donald L. Mushik of Mandan, SD, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroic performance as a forward observer during the battle for Munda Airfield in the Solomon Islands. The presentation by General Barker, the parade in review, and a band concert were all photographed by the battalion doctor, Charles D’Avanzo, as was a gathering of the battalion officers in front of the battalion chapel. It was a festive time all around for these officers and their men who had been through three months (July–September, 1943) of intense jungle combat in the captures of Munda Airfield, Baanga Island, and Arundel Island. The battalion was at that time recuperating on nearby Ondonga Island. My sister Valerie as a young girl circled her daddy Wilber’s face with a crayon on this print. Mushik is two places to the left of Wilber, wearing his medal.

Getting started with my blog

2/4/15 This begins my blog focused on  World War II and my father’s experiences in it. Actually, I am now focused on getting my book(s) about it (Wilber’s War) into print. Today my designer (Lisa Carta) will, I think,  be shipping off the files (InDesign or pdf) to the printer (Friesens) with the cover artwork to follow a few days later. We plan a release date of V-J Day (70th anniversary) on Aug. 14, 2015. I spent from 1980 to 2013 learning about my parents’ lives during WW2 and producing the trilogy, but in 2014–15, I am being forced to learn about publishing books and marketing them. It is a whole new world for me. I am a new business owner – of Van Dorn Books! So this blog will probably be a mix of talk about independent book publishing by a newbie and World War 2.