Reviews

Col. Brian Newberry, USAF ret. 2012-2014 92 ARW Commander, Fairchild AFB wrote:

Not Forgotten: A Pacific Northwest Family Brings Their Soldier Home” heartwarmingly penned by Dave Reynolds, is a poetic remembrance of a Greatest Generation patriot. What I enjoyed most is how it chronicles a young soldier who raised his hand, did his job, and — collectively with millions of others — changed the world and preserved American freedom. Corporal Lester LaVerne Zornes’ story reminds us of the heroic feat they achieved. We will not forget them or the country of freedom we have today.

— April 11, 2019

Master Sgt. (retired) William Huntington USAF, 442nd Fighter Wing, wrote:

I really enjoyed reading Cpl. Lester Zornes’ story on so many different levels. As an Air Force journalist, with more than 30 years in the service, I can say that it was very well written and easily drew me along.

Mr. Reynolds’ powers of observation gave real color to the people he described. Having had the honor, in the course of my work, of interviewing many other World War II veterans of the 442nd Troop Carrier Group with its four squadrons, including the very one which Cpl. Zornes had belonged to, I can say that this story was wonderfully researched. It provided valuable background for perspective, it addressed mythos and it provided the “visuals” needed for an unfamiliar reader to want to turn to the next page, and then to the next.

The story of that generation needs to be told and retold to America and Mr. Reynolds has done it here in fine fashion.” – February 28, 2019

Lisa Leija wrote: “This book is a meticulously researched account of a young WWII soldier’s demise and the impact his death had on his family for generations. It is a great read for WWII buffs and for anyone who lost a family member in a foreign war. The included letters of Pfc. Zornes give a snapshot of the daily lives and attitudes of the young American soldiers of a bygone era. ” – August 14, 2019

James Webster, moderator of “Fans of the C-47 Skytrain” Facebook Group, wrote: “In the deft hands and strong framing of Dave Reynolds, Not Forgotten: A Pacific Northwest Family Brings Their Soldier Home unfolds the true, heartfelt story of how so many Americans went from Great Depression babies to the Greatest Generation. Not all made Ace, not all flew, some fell by the wayside; but they all served and gave their life for the betterment of the world. Cpl. Lester LaVerne Zornes will be remembered as a hero by my family.” — February 6, 2019

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