Jeffrey Miller

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Welcome Home, Sgt. 1st Class Eddie A. Viers

Another soldier has come home.

More than 60 years after an early Korean War battle, Sgt. 1st Class Edris “Eddie” A. Viers is returning home to Iowa.

Viers, a 32-year old Swan, Iowa native serving with Battery A, 555th Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, was last seen Aug. 12, 1950 as his unit engaged with North Korean forces near Pongam-ni, Republic of [South] Korea in what became known as the “Battle of Bloody Gulch.” During the fighting, enemy forces overran the 90th and 555th Field Artillery Battalions, inflicting heavy casualties on U.S. forces.

Read the rest of the story here.

The other day, I was asked if Bobby Washkowiak, the main character in War Remains, was based on a real person. Bobby is based on all the men who come home.

Welcome home, Sgt. 1st Class Viers.

Rest in Peace, Sir.

Support Force 21 at Changbong-ni — North of “Massacre Valley”

People who have read my Korean War novel War Remains have often asked me, “why did you choose this particular battle? I never heard of it.” Well, that’s one of the reasons.

Unless you are well-read and up on your history of Korean War, you’ve probably never heard of the battle which took place here on February 11-13, 1951. And that was why I chose this battle to open my novel because I wanted people to remember that the US lost a lot of men during those three days:

38th Infantry Regiment: 462 KIA; 15th FA Battalion: 208 KIA and the 503rd FA Battalion: 56 KIA.

Support Force 21 was comprised of these units which was in support of the ROK 8th Division (which suffered many casualties; some estimates as high as 10,000 men).

This is a photo of Changbong-ni where my novel begins. It was here, where the Support Force was dug in.

 War Remains, A Korean War Novel.

Hoengsong and “Massacre Valley” — February 12, 1951

I first learned about Hoengsong and “Massacre Valley” when I read Stanley Sandler’s Korean War history, No Victors, No Vanquished in 2000, but it wasn’t until May 2001, when I had the chance to sit down with Oscar Cortez, when I learned more about “Massacre Valley” and what happened to elements of the 2nd Infantry Division.

When I started to write my Korean War novel War Remains in the fall of 2009, I remembered that interview I had with Oscar on our way to another Korean War battlefield, Chipyong-ni when he described the battle he was in north of Hoengseong in February 1951. That’s when I knew how my novel would begin and end and one of the battles which would figure prominently in the book. I wanted readers to know about this battle and to remember the men who lost their lives there.

This is anotheMassacre Valley Nov 6 2010 012r view of the valley and the monument which was dedicated to the United States Second Infantry Division (which is still stationed in South Korea). That’s another irony of this so-called “forgotten war.” One of the divisions which fought in the war, is still here and ready to fight.

And let’s not forget that there are still over 7,900 American service members from that war still listed as MIAs.

Of course, for the family members still waiting for their loved ones to come from that war, it has never been a forgotten war for them.

Three of my Facebook friends and their families are waiting for their loved ones to come home. One of those friends lost an uncle in this very same battle.

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It’s been almost four years since I published this novel about the Korean War. I am proud of it and the lives it has touched.

Book Review in Big Al’s Books and Pals

Big Al from Big Al’s Books and Pals gave War Remains 4 Stars out of 5.

You can read the review here.

Thanks for the good review, Big Al.

When you self-publish a book you end up spending a lot of time marketing it. One of the most important things to do is get your book out in the public, by having it reviewed, and hopefully getting more people interested in it.  I hope this review helps.

Recovered remains of Korean War soldier to be buried at Arlington – News – Stripes

Welcome home, Soldier.

Recovered remains of Korean War soldier to be buried at Arlington – News – Stripes

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War Remains Wins Top Honors

Last weekend, Saturday, October 2, War Remains won top honors at the annual Military Writers Society of America conference which was held in Pittsburgh, PA.

War Remains won Gold in the Fiction: Literary category and Silver in the Korean War Book Award category.

It is an honor for me to have won in two categories, but what really makes both of these awards sweet is to be recognized by a national organization comprised of military writers and veterans.

I have devoted the past two years of my life to writing and promoting my novel and to be honored like this is overwhelming.

More and more people are realizing just how good a book War Remains is.

War Remains Nominated for two MWSA 2011 Book Awards

My Korean War novel, War Remains has been nominated for two awards by MWSA, the Military Writers Society of America: Special Korean War Book Award for 2011 and the Military-Army Award for 2011.

Winners will be announced on October 1st at the MWSA National Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

I am honored and humbled to be among the list of nominees this year.

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