Revised Version of “Only the Best” Now Available

Posted: December 2, 2014 in Men of the 111th Ordnance Company

Just a quick note to let you know that the revised and expanded version of our book about the 111th, “Only the Best,” is now available on Amazon (click on the book icon to the left to go to the page).

Note that the Amazon page will not say it is revised, nor will it give a new publication date, but be assured that the book on there is the latest version, now with 182 pages. If you earlier bought a copy of the first edition, be assured that it is still good, just not quite as complete. We wanted to do this revised version to include the new family members found since the first edition came out last April. We have kept the price the same; today Amazon is selling it for $5.32; regular price is $6.00.

There are now 40 more pages. Here’s what’s new:

—More photos and stories received from new family members

—Additions to the text as a result of finding the memoirs of Lt. Fred Kent

—The company’s Monthly History Reports for Europe

—A new appendix showing all the men with their nicknames, rank, serial number, MOS (their job classification), the dates they joined and left the unit, and the number of “going-home” points they had as of July 5, 1945. All of this was gleaned from the company’s Morning Reports, which we read at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis in September.

—Corrections of errors in dates, spellings, etc.

We expect that this will be the book’s final edition. Our research is done, and Ed has concluded his attempts to find survivors and family members (he found more than 50!), so any new folks will have to find us via this blog—which of course we hope they do! By the way, the blog has had more than 17,000 page visits from all over the world since we began it a year ago.

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy 2015!

  1. Linda (Unangst) Campbell says:

    Andrea and Ed, I thank you for what you have done to make the 111th Ordnance Company come alive. You have given us all such wonderful insight as to what the men of the 111th accomplished in their young lives and what they did with those lives as they lived them as survivors of WWll.

    I am putting in my next order for the revision tomorrow.

    Bless you both.


  2. Tom Sedlacek says:

    Hello Ed and Andrea. You guys have a great holiday season too. Tom and Lynn Sedlacek .

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Charles S Whisenhunt says:

    Ed and Andrea, thank you for the work you have done. I remember looking at the photo of the men in two long rows when I was a young boy. I always wondered where they traveled and what they did. Now I know. I have two copies of the book and will get the updated version for my son and daughter. This site and the book are “gifts” I will treasure.

    • Andrea says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words. This has been the most fulfilling project the two of us could ever do. Our fathers’ war duty deserved to be remembered and passed on to their families.

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