A Lord of Life Charter Member along with his wife Agnes, Frank Sidella wrote these memoirs. A tribute to his 90 years of life. The introduction in his own words . . .
I wrote this book after family and friends, whom over the years heard many of my stories said, "You ought to write a book." Well, here it is! When I started the project, little did I realize what a consuming task it would become. There is so much to write about; putting it all on paper in some logical sequence presented a major challenge. After some 67 years, I still was capable of clearly remembering events, places and dates. I did, however, have difficulty remembering the names of other close friends. Writing this story late in my life brought the realization that so many of my family, friends, and colleagues had passed on.
I wrote this story with pen and pencil on yellow-lined tablet, and then transposed my writings into a word processor. There were countless rewrites, and a great deal of parsing, phrasing, and wording involved. The project became a labor of love and sweat.
Most of my story is from personal experiences, personal letters (saved by my wife, Agnes), official records, scrap books, photograph albums, and recollections. Other sources are duly noted. Opinions expressed are solely my own. The places, people, and events described are real and I was there. I used words “We,” “Ours,” and “Us” meaning members of the 202nd Military Police Company of II Corps, the British First Army, the American 5th,7th and 8th Armies; U.S. Southern Command (Panama Canal Zone), and the U.S. Army Vietnam. After all, I didn’t stand alone!
It is a story full of amazing events. It traces my life from before Pearl Harbor when I was a Private in the U.S. Army, and how, over the years, rose through the ranks to First Sergeant, Master Sergeant, and Lt. Colonel. It describes my service in combat zones during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. It describes my garrison duties in Panama and occupation duties during the occupation of Austria and Germany encompassing about 14 years of Foreign Service."
The rest you will just have to read for yourself. Enjoy!