Local authors collaborate for ‘Young Liberators’ book signing, lecture tour


Authors Kenneth Thayer, Allan Foote and Cheryl Pula have announced a book signing and lecture tour based upon their book titled “The Young

“The Young Liberators” is the record of a solitary American GI during World War II. It is the saga of a United States infantry company of 200 hundred men. A regiment of four thousand. One National Guard division of fifteen thousand soldiers called into Federal Service in 1940. Courageous men forgotten to many except their family and comrades.

Between June 1944 and May 1945, the men of the United States 30th Infantry Division participated in every major western European campaign, from Normandy to the Elbe River, earning them the sobriquet, “Workhorse of the Western Front”. The official US Army historian for the Western Front would proclaim the “Old Hickory” as “The finest infantry division in the European Theater of Operations.”

Except for periods of convalescence due to wounding in combat, PFC Kenneth C. Thayer was with them almost every step of the way. He is just one of the many decorated heroes of the division.

This book represents the conclusion of his story: Volume Two: From Mortain to Victory in Europe. It is a privilege to share it as part of the authors commitment to aid in the ongoing efforts to secure a long overdue Presidential Unit Citation for the World War II GIs of the 30th Infantry Division.

Mr. Thayer, Mr. Foote and Ms. Pula are currently scheduling lecture and book signing appearances in support of booksellers, heritage organizations, museums, libraries and schools. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the sponsoring organization. To schedule a program for 2018 or 2019: contact Mr. Foote directly at (315) 736-4378. Whenever possible the three authors will appear together. There are eleven individual lecture programs based on the authors’ fifteen years of research and writing currently available:

A Child Of The Depression: August 1937

Rome Army Airfield: December 1941

Basic Training: Camp Wolters: November 1943

Preparing For Invasion: England: April 1944

Return To The Continent: Normandy: June 1944

Preserving The Breakout: Mortain: August 1944

Liberating Holland: Maastricht: September1944

Offensive Into Germany: Aachen: October 1944

Battle Of The Bulge: Stoumont: December 1944

Second Offensive In Germany: Roer River February 1945

Victory in Europe: Magdeburg May 1945


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