Liberty’s War: An Engineer’s Memoir of the Merchant Marine, 1942-1945 Text Size

Event takes place on October 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
Holyoke Public Library Community Room, 250 Chestnut St.

Liberty’s War: A Book Talk and signing with Will Melton

In 1941, Herman Melton, a Texas farm boy who had never seen the ocean, submitted an application for admittance to the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps.  He became a Merchant Marine engineer aboard the “Liberty ships,” the workhorses of the military supply system and a critical factor in the outcome of World War II.  Melton’s memoir, which he began at the age of 89 when he sat down with his son to record an oral history, tells stories of combat and the sinking of his ship, accounts that have rarely been told from the perspective of anyone below decks.  The book is also the love story of Herman Melton and his future wife, Helen Louise Dunn. 

Will Melton, who edited and helped research Liberty’s War (2017), will bring an engaging presentation based on his father’s memories and primary source materials, followed by a Q & A.  Books will be available at the event for sale and signing.

Will Melton lives in South Hadley and retired in 2015 after a forty-year career as a public relations officer and fundraiser for schools, colleges, and scientific research organizations.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Holyoke History Room.  (413) 420-8107.

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