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Dick Stodghill, USA, entered the US Army after high school and spent much of World War II as a rifleman is the “4th Infantry Division during the Normandy Invasion and what came later.”  He “earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.”  During the Korean War, he was “in the Army infantry when my National Guard outfit was federalized during the Korean War.”  Dick Stodgill said of his career after the Korean War, “While earning a living repairing radios and TV sets I wrote a sports column for a weekly paper, then in the late 1950s spent a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective at a time when the agency had offices in 33 cities and investigated many major cases. 

Then full-time work at a large weekly paper, a stint as a bureau chief for the Ashtabula Star-Beacon and finally 20 years (aside from two spent in Cooperstown, N.Y.) as a reporter, sportswriter and daily columnist at the Muncie Evening Press in Indiana. The column won a United Press International (UPI) award as Best in Indiana.”  Dick Stodghill is the author of Normandy 1944: A Young Rifleman's War; Volume 1 Jack Eddy Stories; Volume 2 Jack Eddy Stories; The Hoosier Hot Shots - And My Friend Gabe; Midland Murders; TIGERS! - Falls Hi Football; BEARCATS! - Muncie Central Basketball; The Rough Old Stuff; and, From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator: The Helen Lynch Story.  He is the coauthor of Akron High School Football.

According to the book description of Normandy 1944: A Young Rifleman's War, “This is the Battle of Normandy, neither glamorized nor sanitized, as seen from ground level during the bloody summer of 1944—the personal experiences of an 18-year-old 4th Infantry Division rifleman who joined his company shortly after D-Day. He quickly came to admire and respect the men of G Company, then was close by as one by one many of them died during the horrific fighting in the fields and streets of a normally beautiful and tranquil land. Here are the realities of that war: opening the casualty blanket rolls, seeing the dead being buried in mattress covers, the sounds, the smells and the fears of men in infantry combat. A glimpse, too, of the boys who fought the battles of World War II as they grew up or matured during the Great Depression, the rigors of infantry basic training, life in England in the weeks leading up to D-Day.”


According to the book description of Normandy 1944: A Young Rifleman's War, “This is not a Hollywood version of a WWII story, or a glorified historical version of events. It is the way it really happened. This is a down to earth in the trenches account of what it was like for an infantryman in the thick of battle in Normandy in 1944. Although our troops were there to fight for our country, their main goal was to stay alive during a horrendous time.  The author is an experienced writer. He puts you in the middle of the action. I felt like I was right there. You can feel the fear; hear the exploding shells and gunfire and, see the death and destruction all around. It makes you wonder about the insanity of war. It also makes you realize that although the enemy must be destroyed they were men with families and dreams too. Many young people today do not realize the sacrifices of their forefathers. When they complain that they can't find a parking place close to the door of Wal-Mart and have to walk the extra distance they should read how far the troops had to walk. When they complain that the fast food restaurant forgot to put tomatoes on their burger, they should realize what those fighting men had to eat day after day. If a person today complains they are tired and have to work overtime, they should learn how the men in the thick of battle received no sleep or break even when beyond exhaustion. I totally enjoyed this reading experience and recommend the book to all.”


According to the book description of The Hoosier Hot Shots - And My Friend Gabe, “At the height of the Great Depression three fun-loving young musicians from the flatlands of Central Indiana began broadcasting a fifteen minute daily radio show on WOWO in Fort Wayne. Veterans of the vaudeville circuits, they performed without pay to promote local appearances for $15 per night. The show quickly drew a large following and this led to an opportunity to join the WLS National Barn Dance in Chicago. Their happy, sometimes zany antics proved to be exactly what a Depression-weary country needed. The line that began many of their songs, "Are you ready, Hezzie?" became part of the American lexicon. The Hoosier Hot Shots went on to make hundreds of phonograph records, appear in 22 movies and have their own nationwide radio show. This account of their boy-makes-good lives includes more than 80 photos, illustrations, letters written by one of the original Hot Shots, movie highlights ,a discography and more.”


According to the book description of Volume 1 Jack Eddy Stories, “Twenty-six years old, with a receding hairline and a fistful of ambition, Jack Eddy is an op for the Akron, Ohio branch of Wellington's National Detective Agency, circa 1937. He's slick, brash, and prone to cutting corners, much to the dismay of young, and at times surprisingly naive crime beat reporter Bram Geary, the narrator of this series of entertaining and colourful stories, the first eight of which are included here. This award winning series is featured in Kevin Burton Smith's”


According to the book description of From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator: The Helen Lynch Story, “Prior to enrolling at the University of Michigan in 1919, Helen Lynch was a devout Catholic devoted to her church and family. At Michigan she was thought of as a gifted writer with a promising career ahead. Instead she abruptly severed all times with her family and her literary career fizzled. Seven years later an incident led her to join the Communist Party. She was a leader in aiding the unemployed during the Great Depression and her activities led to 30 arrests. This book answers the questions surrounding the startling changes in the life of Helen Lynch.”


According to the book description of Akron High School Football, “A complete history of high school football in Akron, Ohio from the first game in 1892 through the season of 1999. Every school, both public and parochial, past and present, is represented. Included are the scores of every game, coaches records, all-city teams, photos, and thousands of words of text.”


According to the book description of The Rough Old Stuff, “Sixteen of Dick Stodghill's stories published in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine from 1979 thru 1985. Includes stories featuring protagonists ranging from private eyes and hardened criminals to a naughty little girl, an invalid flat on his back in bed and a dog named Blackie.”

Normandy 1944: A Young Rifleman's War
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Volume 1 Jack Eddy Stories
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Volume 2 Jack Eddy Stories
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The Hoosier Hot Shots - And My Friend Gabe
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Midland Murders
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TIGERS! - Falls Hi Football
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BEARCATS! - Muncie Central Basketball
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Akron High School Football
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The Rough Old Stuff
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From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator: The Helen Lynch Story
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According to the book description of Volume 2 Jack Eddy Stories, “The second eight stories featuring private detective Jack Eddy in a series set in Akron, Ohio, circa 1938. The stories first published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine are: A Policy for Murder, Death on the Devil Strip, Nightmare on North Hill, The Phantom of Johnnycake Lock, Mayhem on Market Street, Switchback, The Survivor of the Storms, Panic on Portage Path.”

According to the book description of Midland Murders, “The complete series featuring newspaper columnist Hal Blinn and reporter Grady Driscoll is included here along with the acclaimed "A Debt to Be Paid" first published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. All the action-filled stories are set in Midland, Indiana, a city easily recognizable as Muncie during the 1980s.”


According to the book description of TIGERS! - Falls Hi Football, “A complete history of football at Cuyahoga Falls High School from 1893 through 2005. Every game, every player, the coaches, records, photos and much more.”


According to the book description of BEARCATS! - Muncie Central Basketball, “A complete history of basketball at Muncie Central High School from 1901 through 1988, the year the Bearcats won their eighth Indiana state championship. Includes season records, yearly highlights, scores of every game, all player records, many photos and text describing all the major events.”

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