Local author Janet Nicolet will hold a book signing for “I was There” and her other books at the No Name Book and Café in Port St. Joe from 10 a.m. until noon ET on Saturday, Nov. 16. Come by and meet Janet.
She has filled the book with military memories recaptured by the men and women residents at the Clifford Chester Sims Veterans’ Nursing Home in Springfield. She spent six months interviewing the veterans, some of whom put themselves in harm’s way as they fought during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. Others in the book recalled being on the sidelines with assistance that came in the form of financial clerks, nurses, truck drivers, ambulance drivers and ground crews. None felt as though they were heroes. The nursing home is named for Clifford C. Sims, a native of Port St. Joe who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic endeavors. He, too, would not have considered himself a hero, only doing his job.
Steven Murray, Communications Director for the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs stated in the foreword of “I Was There”,
“Janet Nicolet has turned back the clock and gathered the wartime remembrances of veterans at the Clifford C. Sims State Veterans’ Nursing Home near Panama City, Florida.
“Veterans of three wars tell their own stories, while Nicolet intertwines their unique first-hand experiences with reports from the home front to provide a fascinating perspective of the period.
“From Pearl Harbor survivors to Medal of Honor recipients, her focus on those whose selfless service and sacrifice helped shape the latter half of the 20th Century is an inspiration to all.”
Janet’s other books include her memoir “Vintage Years: A Fulfilling Life After Divorce”. Books make wonderful Christmas gifts.