Preserving your military memoirs is a priceless gift for your family, but sometimes it takes a checklist to get started.
Award-winning World War II military historian William L. McGee takes you through the steps in his two-page, free download “How To Research and Write Your Military Memoirs… Answers to 8 Frequently Asked Questions”.
You will learn how to…
Request your Military Service Records.
Create an outline for your memoirs from your Military Service Records.
Decide what to write first… and more.
These are the exact steps Bill used to write his first military memoir, Bluejacket Odyssey, 1942-1946: Guadalcanal to Bikini. In 1989, he wrote for his U.S. Navy Military Service Records. The information triggered memories and questions. In June 1943, Bill was part of Task Unit 32.4.4 when it was subjected to two vicious enemy attacks off Guadalcanal within a week of each other. Curious about the outcome to the other ships in the convoy and their crews, Bill began to research for answers. Archival research and interviews with former shipmates and survivors from the other ships in the Task Unit led to the publication in 1997 of Bluejacket Odyssey, 1942-1946, a WWII military memoir combined with history.
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(Photo: Bill McGee at the National Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas, NV, 2016)