(SAVANNAH, GA) First Gulf War Vet to Sign Book, Jan 13 – 20th Anniversary of the war

By December 28, 2010Local NewsWIRE

Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty to host book signing
  and discussion by former soldier Jan. 13
  Book “Dear Diane: Letters from the First Gulf War” shows
  emotions of a deployed soldier missing his wife

  (SAVANNAH) – As we approach the 20th anniversary of the First
  Gulf War, former Savannahian, Stephen R. Bradshaw will discuss his
  book, "Dear Diane: Letters from the First Gulf War." Celia Dunn
  Sotheby’s International Realty will host the book signing and
  lecture Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International
  Realty, 17 W. Charlton St.

  This book is a timely and fitting reminder of the sacrifices made by
  our service members and their families. The book tells the story of a
  soldier who missed his wife and the depth of that emotion as well as a
  first-hand account of engagement in Operation Desert Shield/Desert
  Storm.

  As the U.S. is engaged in two significant conflicts in Iraq and
  Afghanistan, the nature and scope of those conflicts has not only
  taken a tremendous toll on the soldiers but on their spouses and other
  loved ones as well. And it is the loved ones who carry the pain of
  longing and uncertainty almost without notice, except to those who
  carry that pain as well. Nearly 20 years ago America was engaged in
  another conflict in the Middle East. And because of the success and
  relative popularity of The First Gulf War the suffering endured by the
  soldiers and their loved ones is easy to overlook.

  In the days before the prevalence of email and texting, Facebook and
  Twitter people separated by circumstances actually wrote letters to
  each other. During several months deployed in Saudi Arabia and Iraq
  1990-1991 Bradshaw produced a volume of handwritten dispatches that
  shared his innermost feelings with his wife, Diane.

  These letters are at times funny, angry, fearful and deeply personal.
  Through them the reader follows the arc and array of emotions
  associated with deployment, then the waiting and uncertainty and
  finally the clarity in knowing that participation in armed combat was
  inevitable.

  For anyone who has a loved one in harm’s way or for anyone who
  just misses someone that they love, these letters may offer some
  measure of comfort through difficult times.

  Bradshaw was born on in Charlotte, N.C. into a military family. As a
  young child the family lived in various locations in the southeastern
  United States. Upon his father’s retirement from the Navy in
  1977, the family moved to Savannah, GA. Bradshaw attended his last
  year of junior high school, high school and college in Savannah, and
  he considers Savannah his hometown.

  Bradshaw holds a BA from Armstrong State College (now Armstrong
  Atlantic State University) and an MPA from Georgia State University.
  Upon graduating from college in 1986 Bradshaw entered military service
  as a Second Lieutenant, formally trained as a tank commander. Over a
  seven year military career Bradshaw served in various line and staff
  positions of increased responsibility including a tour as a leadership
  instructor at the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School. His various duty
  stations included tours in Ft. Knox, KY, Ft. Benning, GA, and
  Kitzingen, West Germany. Bradshaw also served in the Middle East
  during the first Gulf War. He resigned his commission in 1993 to
  pursue opportunities in the private sector.

  For more information please visit www.deardianebook.com

  Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s
  International Realty specializes in residential and commercial
  properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South
  Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty
  is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of
  Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in
  addition to having one of the region’s top property management
  departments. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is a member of
  Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. The owners are natives of
  Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real
  estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street
  on Madison Square in Savannah and and 336 Buck Island Road in
  Bluffton, S.C.

  For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty
  at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the
  Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

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