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Bob Babcock


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Bob Babcock


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Bob has loved the military since he was a youngster. Growing up during the Korean War, he was always playing Army with his best friend. He stopped only long enough to stare at the military equipment passing through his eastern Oklahoma hometown of Heavener on freight trains. Occasionally, a troop train full of Soldiers would stop and he would watch them stretching their legs, wondering what adventures were ahead of them. 

This love of the military continued in college his favorite class was ROTC. Little did he know when he picked Infantry as his branch that a year after his graduation he would be leading a platoon of men through the jungles of the central highlands of Vietnam. After successfully completing his tour in Vietnam, Bob put the Army behind him and started a 34-year career at IBM, with most of his time spent in sales and marketing management. 

On the 20th anniversary of a major memory from Vietnam, Bob got re-engaged with his passion for the Army and started writing his personal story of his experiences, What Now, Lieutenant? A few years later, he attended his first National 4th Infantry Division Association reunion and before long became the president and historian of the organization. He loved to listen to the stories of the WWII veterans and then became concerned as they started to die and took their stories with them. That prompted him to collect their stories and the writing of his second book, War Stories: Utah Beach to Pleiku that came out in 2000. Now their stories live on. 

Upon retirement from IBM in 2002, Bob became a founding official partner of the Veterans History Project and continued collecting war stories from all branches of the service. He was the ghostwriter for Helen Denton’s World War II WAC book as a result of an interview he did with her.

His business success story book, You Don’t Know Jack… or Jerry was a combination of his IBM career and his love of preserving stories of success for posterity. Fortunately, the timing was right – Jack died within a month after the book was finished, but his story lives on. 

When the war in Iraq started in 2003, Bob became very involved with his beloved 4th Infantry Division and supported their Soldiers and Family members on a daily basis, producing daily email updates on what was going on in Iraq. That resulted in the division commander hiring Bob to write the division’s history during that first year in Iraq, and thus Operation Iraqi Freedom I: A Year in the Sunni Triangle became his next book, followed by Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09: Dispatches from Baghdad. 

Deeds Publishing now consumes Bob’s time so he has little time for writing, even though he still loves doing it. Today his job, along with his team at Deeds, is to help other author’s realize their dreams of becoming published authors. His personal experience as an author helps him understand the author’s journey.

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WAR STORES VOLUME III: 1966 — 1970

From July 1966 through December 1970, the 4th Infantry Division was deployed to Vietnam. Over the course of the four and a half years, they fought in major battles, Soui Tre, Seven Days in May, Dak To, Tet 1968, and others. A favorite quote, author unknown, that this author loves is, “Any battle is a big one… if you are in it.” The 4ID Soldiers also trudged through the mountains and jungles of the central highlands for weeks and months on end, pursuing the North Vietnamese units who infiltrated through Cambodia on the Ho Chi Minh trail. Far from Saigon and the press corps, the 4ID often found themselves as a forgotten division when it came to news reporting. Nearly 2,500 4ID Soldiers were killed, over 15,000 were wounded, and 12 earned the Medal of Honor.

This is the third of a three volume series. The first two volumes, published in 2014, include 325 stories of veterans of the 4ID in World War II. Volume I covers D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, Volume II covers Paris to V-E Day, and this Volume III, published in 2016, includes 100 stories from 4ID veterans in Vietnam — from 1966 through 1970. These three books are subsets of War Stories: Utah Beach to Pleiku, first published in 2001.

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Paperback | ISBN 978-1-944193-48-5 | 310 Pages
HISTORY / Military / Vietnam War
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century

 

What Now, Lieutenant?

“Every now and then a work comes along that is so simple and refreshing in its originality that it immediately captures the spirit of American fighting men throughout the ages. Such is this work by Bob Babcock. What makes this work unique is that it is based upon his wartime writing as it occurred, without the softening of time and the refining of modern memory applied to past experience. In it you will find the thinking of a young officer as he struggles to take in all that he is responsible for while experiencing everything himself for the first time. It is an honest, unvarnished look at Soldiering in 1966-1967 and is as fine an example of the early American experience in Vietnam that one is likely to come across…” The personal account of Bob Babcock’s experiences as a platoon leader and executive officer with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967.

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Paperback | ISBN 978-0977601806 | 422 pages
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
HISTORY / Military / Vietnam War

 

War Stories I

At H-Hour on D-Day—June 6, 1944—the 4th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, becoming the first Allied division to land on the shores of Normandy, France. For the next eleven months, the 4ID fought across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany until the war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. The division suffered over 30,000 casualties—killed and wounded. This book, the first of a three-book series, tells the history of the 4th Infantry Division in WWII through the stories of those who fought the battles.

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Paperback | ISBN 978-1-941165-00-3 | 298 Pages
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HISTORY / Europe / General

 

war stories II

At H-Hour on D-Day—June 6, 1944—the 4th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, becoming the first Allied division to land on the shores of Normandy, France. For the next eleven months, the 4ID fought across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany until the war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. The division suffered over 30,000 casualties—killed and wounded. This book, the second of a three-book series, tells the history of the 4th Infantry Division in WWII through the stories of those who fought the battles.

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Paperback | ISBN 978-1-941165-08-9 | 276 Pages
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HISTORY / Europe / General

 

world war II wac

With most of the eligible boys in the Army and few to date, Helen (Kogel) Denton joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). After a short basic training period, Helen became a recruiter in Kansas and Missouri before going to Fort Crook, Nebraska to continue her service.

As secretary to the post commander, she immediately raised her hand to volunteer when a telegram came in asking for a person to join GEN Dwight Eisenhower’s staff in England. A short training period by the FBI on military security, a ship ride with 30 other WACs and several thousand soldiers aboard the Queen Mary, and Helen found herself in England. Assigned a top secret assignment that she did not talk about for 50 years, Helen spent many days in early 1944 in a closed room, typing the orders for Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, France, known as D-Day.

Helen covers her experiences as a soldier and a member of the “greatest generation.” Read on to learn about Helen’s experiences dodging V-2 bombs in London, meeting her future husband after she waded ashore on Utah Beach in July 1944, and her experiences as one of the first WACs to enter and work in a liberated Paris.

Still going strong at 90, Helen’s experiences since her retirement from Delta Airlines, working as a volunteer with the Red Cross, the Delta Airlines Museum, the Federation of Women  Clubs, the Collie Club of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and many other organizations, is a roadmap for those preparing their own journey into their retirement years.

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Paperback | ISBN 978-1-937565-46-6 | 156 Pages
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Women

 

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM I

Alerted in January 2003 to attack Iraq through Turkey, the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse, was frustrated as government indecisions left them sitting in the United States as the war in Iraq began. When the Turkish plan was canceled, the 173rd Airborne Brigade became the first TF Ironhorse Soldiers to enter the battle as they made a night parachute drop into northern Iraq on March 25, 2003. Within three weeks the remainder of the 4ID and TF Ironhorse was rerouted through Kuwait and attacked into the Sunni Triangle, Saddam Hussein’s home area.

For the next twelve months, the over 32,000 troops of the 4ID and TF Ironhorse, led by then MG Raymond Odierno, fought in places like Tikrit, Bayji, Samarra, Balad, Taji, Kirkuk, Baqubah and other places that would become engraved in the history of America’s military. A full chapter describes the historic capture of Saddam Hussein on December 13, 2003.

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Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-971055-18-6 | 369 pages
HISTORY / Military / Iraq War (2003-2011)