Ninety-three year old Good Shepherd Church member Thom Kolesa doesn't like taking days off when there's work to be done. While many people enjoyed the day off celebrating our nation's independence on July 4th, Thom chose to spend his day at the World War II Museum talking, teaching, and signing books.
His book, It Was Our World War Too, examines the way in which the second world war, arguably the most profound time of global warfare in the history of our world, included both the need to prepare for battle and the need to continue living life as American families. From grade school friends, to high school lovers, to husband and wife for seventy-two years, Kolesa's book tells a story about Thom and Anita's love for each other and about his service in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
He served as a USMC Sergeant during the invasion, battle, and securing of Okinawa. His Division, as were many others, were prepared for the taking of Japan when the war ended. His business career was as a mechanical engineer and during that career he secured a number of U.S. and foreign patents. Having traveled all 50 states and several countries with his late bride Anita, Thom no prefers to travel to the World War II Museum and discuss any and all aspects of the war in which he served.
If you would like a copy of Thom's book, just let him know. It sells for $14.95 on Amazon, but he'll give you a break if you buy from him directly and he'll even autograph for you. Want to give it as a gift? Buy a couple and have him inscribe a special message in each book that you'll be giving as a gift!