Mrs. Cordie’s Soldier Son
A World War II Saga
Military History - World War II
6 x 9, 192 pp.
22 b&w photos., 2 maps.
Pub Date: 03/25/2008
Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Commerce
  cloth
Price:        $24.95

978-1-60344-029-5

Published by Texas A&M University Press
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Mrs. Cordie’s Soldier Son

A World War II Saga

By Rocky R. Miracle
Edited by M. Hunter Hayes
Foreword by Lewis H. Carlson

The story of D.C. Caughran Jr., Mrs. Cordie’s son, could be that of almost any soldier in World War II. He left the comfort of home and family to become part of one of the defining conflicts of modern times. The letters he wrote home tell his story from the day he received his draft notice in the summer of 1942 through battle, capture, wounding, imprisonment, and his eventual return home for recuperation and discharge.

Author Rocky R. Miracle, the son-in-law of D.C. Caughran, tells not only Caughran’s story, but at the same time the story of “the home folks” who anxiously watched for letters from their “soldier boy” and wrote faithfully of their love and prayers for his safety. This home-front narrative also stands as an important and deeply personal record of life in wartime.

Taken prisoner during the German breakout of December 1944 that led to the Battle of the Bulge, D.C. was force-marched past corpses lining the road into Germany, loaded with other American prisoners into boxcars, and held in a prison camp during the coldest European winter of the century. He suffered starvation rations and hepatitis and was hospitalized after his liberation, though doctors were doubtful that he would recover. However, with time and care, he returned to health, was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, and lived a long, productive life.

This intimate portrait of an American family—at home and at war—during a time of world upheaval is at once heartwarming, sobering, and entertaining. Mrs. Cordie’s Soldier Son is highly recommended for readers interested in World War II, the POW experience, and home-front literature.

ROCKY R. MIRACLE is a business executive and officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve who now lives in Corpus Christi.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Rocky Miracle does a superb job of capturing the daily existence of a soldier, both in and out of battle, but equally impressive are his poignant descriptions of loved ones desperately seeking news of family members who are MIAs or POWs.”--Lewis H. Carlson, author of We Were Each Others Prisoners

“Rocky Miracle does a superb job of capturing the daily existence of a soldier, both in and out of battle, but equally impressive are his poignant descriptions of loved ones desperately seeking news of family members who are MIAs or POWs.” --Lewis H. Carlson, author of We Were Each Others Prisoners

“Though Mrs. Cordie’s son is just a average Texan from a small town, he was anything but typical. In this compelling account, Rocky Miracle tells the story of a modest man who served his country bravely. Highly recommended for anyone seeking to understand the soldier’s view of the Second World War.” --G. Kurt Piehler, author of Remembering War the American Way

“The book is recommended for anyone interested in World War 117 POW experiences, and happenings on the home front in the mid nineteen forties.” --Mexia Daily News

“This home-front narrative also stands as an important and deeply personal record of life in wartime . . . . admirably illustrate the sacrifices tat thousands of proud Americans made for their country . . . . wonderful job on his father-in-law’s story.” --McCormick Messenger

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