“This is the story of a serviceman and his family that is brought to life through a collection of his personal letters that were penned in Italy and North Africa. Staff Sergeant Walter Hawes’ viewpoint springs from a pivotal time; a worldwide drama that took place nearly three score and ten years ago. As his story unfolds through simple words intended at the time only for the eyes of the addressee, an aunt and uncle in Indiana, the reader gains a sense of the enormity of what was transpiring in their world.” – Randy Finfrock. Oklahoma Honor Flights Committee
“Letters from Walter is a typical story of many men who served during WWII as members of the Greatest Generation. Some lived in big cities while others lived in small towns. Some were high school graduates and others were not. They experienced good times and bad times during their lives and all had stories. This book, based on letters written by Walter to his family along with family input, outlines his life from birth to death with particular emphasis on his service as a G.I. in the U.S. Army during WWII.” – Keith Myers. “The Traveling Military Museum”. Tulsa, Oklahoma
Doug Eaton was born in Kansas and grew up working on the family farm in Southeast Kansas. He graduated from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, with a degree in Accounting. After college, he moved to Tulsa, became a CPA and worked for several energy companies. While working full-time, he attended law school at the University of Tulsa at night and received a law degree. He developed friendships with several veterans and became involved with the Oklahoma Honor Flights organization. His deep respect for American military veterans fueled the desire to write this book as a token of recognition for the service and sacrifice our veterans endured in order that we may enjoy all of our freedoms. He lives in Tulsa with his wife Jan, a teacher with Jenks Schools. His son, Kurt, is an attorney in Tulsa and his daughter, Kristi, is a journalist with the Associated Press.