Gosh, I’m Thankful… for the Greatest Generation

Thanksgiving Day 2013

By Jeff Salter

On this Thanksgiving Day, I have uncountable blessings to be grateful for, but one which takes center stage is living in this nation which affords freedom and so many blessings to so many.

But it may not have turned out this way.  Had not a generation of gritty Americans – men and women – stood up and fought for freedom, it’s quite possible the U.S. would have become a distant province of Germany or Japan … or both.  Remember, after two years of war, Germany had overpowered all of Western Europe and had totally blocked off Great Britain.  Had Hitler’s initial plans (of bombing and starving England into submission) been successful, he would have then focused all the Third Reich’s energies on Russia until he wiped them out.  Then he intended to turn to that rich and vast resource across the Atlantic — America.

We were helping England and Russia, but our assistance was limited.  After Japan directly pulled us into war on Dec. 7, 1941, however, Germany immediately declared war on the United States.  From then on, Americans fought like tigers — initially, to help our allies, but in the long run to keep that World War from reaching our own soil.

The majority of Americans in uniform and on the homefront were the generation who’d suffered through the Great Depression.  Most had very little of their own and many had never even heard of the places they were later sent to fight.

This is not the place to recount WW2, but I wanted to set the stage for why I feel so strongly about paying tribute to the folks who’ve been called the “Greatest Generation.”

Important and timely

Have you ever read a novel which seemed so important and timely that you could hardly contain your enthusiasm about it?  Have you ever WRITTEN such a story?

Well I have.  At least it seems that important and timely to me.  No, not FOR me — because this novel is my tribute to the Greatest Generation … and those still living are leaving us all too quickly.  I’m a “baby boomer” — my parents and teachers (and practically every adult I knew as I grew up) were among that generation which struggled through the Great Depression and sacrificed during World War II.


About my novel

Called to Arms Again (from Astraea Press, 2013), is the story of a young newspaper reporter looking for a new angle for her Veterans Day special section.  Who better to give her a fresh perspective than a bunch of old war dogs who’ve been there and back.  Not only does Kelly Randall learn what the Greatest Generation was made of, but she soon discovers a great deal about her own mettle.

My story has action, comedy, romance, plenty of the ‘can-do’ spirit, and an unashamedly healthy dose of patriotism.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll cheer.

I need your help

This story appeals to readers of both genders … from ages 19 to 90!

If you were born before about 1930, you ARE part of the Greatest Generation and you’ll find yourself (and your siblings and friends) in my story!

If you’re a Boomer (born after WW2) — your parents, aunts, uncles, and teachers were members of the greatest generation.  Buy this book and read it, because you’ll recognize these characters.  And if you have living parents or other relatives, tell them about my story.  Please remember, the WW2 generation – both those who served in the military and those who sacrificed on the homefront – are dying at a rate of about 2000 per day … so there is an urgency to let them know about this story which honors them!

If you’re the child of a Boomer Generation parent, you need to read this so you’ll understand what your grandparents (and their siblings) went through and how they prevailed.

Read it!  Pass the word!  Get this story into the hands of everyone who loves Freedom!

Don’t you agree that artist Elaina Lee did an outstanding job on my cover for Called to Arms Again?

Short bio

I recently finished drafting my eighth complete novel.  My fourth novel (to be published) will be released in a couple of weeks — Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold (a screwball comedy with Dingbat Publishing).  I also have a short novella, Don’t Bet On It, which is under contract with Astraea Press.


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Called to Arms Again

By J. L. Salter

Grit doesn’t fade away … it just becomes crusty.  With harrowing elements right out of today’s headlines, this story reaches back into the sturdy heartbeat of people raised during the Depression and tested during World War II.  Though the old uniforms haven’t fit in many decades, their resilient spirits still have that same intensity which helped save democracy.

Needing only a fresh angle to write her Veteran’s Day special, Kelly discovers first hand that the Greatest Generation still has enough grit to fight back.  While all the authorities are occupied during a massive Homeland Security drill, an urban gang of thieves targets an isolated retirement subdivision … figuring the crippled geriatrics would offer no resistance.

Though Kelly’s widowed boyfriend came along only for a post-funeral luncheon, Mitch soon finds himself leading a mismatched flanking team. Kelly’s good friend Wade has his own assignment, with a homemade mortar and lots of illegal gunpowder.

Maybe it’s difficult to remember everyday things like taking pills, but these octogenarians have never forgotten it was up to them to defend family, home, community, and country.  The outcome of their courageous stand depends on the resolve and resourcefulness of an unlikely ensemble of eccentric elderly neighbors, several American Legion members, and others spanning four generations.


Called to Arms Again – only $2.99 – is available at:


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Now also available in paperback at Amazon.com for list price of $13.99.


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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12 Responses to Gosh, I’m Thankful… for the Greatest Generation

  1. Iris B says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Jeff, and congratulations on all your recent and future releases.


  2. Jeff, there isn’t a day that goes by in which I don’t think about my dad and uncle and thank them for all they did to make life better for us. I know I’ll be thinking of them as we sit down to eat dinner today and I’ll be sharing their stories with my grandkids who never had the opportunity to meet these real-life heroes.


  3. Sherry Gloag says:

    Thanks for sharing Jeff. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends.


  4. pjharjo says:

    I do agree, Jeff, your cover is beautiful and thought-provoking. 🙂 Like you, I’m also a baby-boomer, but I do not share the same memories as you do. WWII and all that happened years before I did. (and of course you know about my lack of memory) LOL! My daddy did not serve in the military, either. All I know is that he served in the CC Camps doing WII.


    • jeff7salter says:

      Glad you could make it, Janette.
      One of the things my novel points out is that many Americans also served the war effort even if not in uniform. Some were in defense plants, and many were doing government work elsewhere. Except for a few bad apples who made money at the expense of others (i.e., the black market), most Americans sacrificed and worked hard to see that our nation could remain free. That’s why I honor the entire generation and not only those who served in uniform.


  5. As a veteran myself, I’m always glad to see people thankful for military service. I owe the Greatest Generation a debt for my own service in the military. And your book looks amazing.


    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks D.S.D. (from AZ) — always glad to meet a veteran.
      I hope you get a chance to read my novel which pays tribute to the Greatest Generation. You’ll laugh, you’ll probably shed a tear, and you’ll cheer.
      It has action, a little bit of romance, and a lot of American patriotism.


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