The Stars Were Big and Bright
The United States Army Air Forces and Texas During World War II v. I
By (author) Thomas E. Alexander
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Stars Were Big and Bright by Thomas E. Alexander
Book DescriptionIn "The Stars Were Big and Bright, Volume I", Thomas Alexander has created a concise and colorful portrait of Texas during World War II and illustrated how the coming of thousands of strangers in military uniforms forever changed the faces of eight towns and cities across the Lone Star State. Based on extensive on-site research, rich anecdotal material, and personal interviews, the book briefly describes each community, establishing each location's pre-war condition, then analyzes the permanent social and economic impact each wartime airfield had on its host community.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781933337272
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: McWhiney Foundation Press
Publisher: McWhiney Foundation Press
Publish Date: 15-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Thomas E. Alexander
Echoes of Glory, Paperback (November 2015)
Highlights the hidden gems of Texas history. Echoes of Glory explores two dozen rarely discussed but significant military sites across Texas. From the establishment of a Spanish fortress at San Saba during the mission era to a multimillion-dollar Cold War naval base, readers will find a range of sites and stories to enlighten and entertain.
Rattlesnake Bomber Base, Paperback (March 2005)» View all books by Thomas E. Alexander
Although the Texan airfield was originally the Pyote Army Airfield, the serpents encountered during construction earned it the name of "Rattlesnake Bomber Base." For those who served on the airfield, what is now a ruin is a monument to a time when men and snakes and bombers came together in the desert to share a chapter of American history.
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Author Biography - Thomas E. Alexander
THOMAS E. ALEXANDER is a Commissioner for the Texas Historical Commission and has been integral in establishing historical markers at sites important to Texas World War II history. He is the author of numerous books including The Wings of Change: The Army Air Corps Experience in Texas During World War II (McWhiney Foundation Press, 2003) and Rattlesnake Bomber Base: Pyote Army Airfield in World War II (State House Press, 2005). He resides in Kerrville, Texas.
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