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Fuzzy and Suzy Manning

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After my father died in May 2009, I began to jot down some notes for my two kids. They knew my father – sort of.  Their relationship with him was not very close at all. They viewed him as a strange fellow, and had a hard time understanding some of his personality quirks.  So, they withdrew from him.

So, 1 – 2 pages turned into 5 pages. Then, 10 pages. Then, I really started delving into my father’s past – his high school football career days. His military service. His medical records. His life. A friend suggested that I just write a book. So, I did.

I researched his entire life.  I researched World War II.  I researched the Battle of Okinawa.  I researched combat and combat-related PTSD.  I read book after book on the war in the Pacific during World War II.  I read the DSM Manual (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and several books on psychiatry.

I became a “homemade expert.” I got up to speed on my dad, quickly.

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