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Barrington Books’ Book Signing: Thirty Missions to Marie
October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Author Arthur Capaldi, an attorney and municipal court judge from Coventry, dedicated 10 years of his life composing a meticulously written historical text and detailed biography of Captain Edouard J. Jacques, a highly decorated WWII B24 lead bombardier from West Warwick, RI. The stories unveiled in this book were never told before. “I’d always been interested in World War II history; I idolized my uncles who’d served in the war, and I read many books on the topic,” says Capaldi. “When Eddie shared his personal artifacts from the war with me, I felt overcome with a need to share his part in our nation’s history.”
The book, Thirty Missions to Marie, chronicles Jacques’ early life, his dedication to his family, his church, his country, and the love of his life, Marie. “It was Eddie’s love for Marie that led him to take on the dangerous role of lead bombardier; it was the same love that kept him alive,” says Capaldi. Being a lead bombardier was indeed an extremely dangerous undertaking. In fact, most WWII aviators had a life expectancy of fewer than fifteen missions. As the title of the book suggests, Edouard J. Jacques beat those odds.
Thirty Missions to Marie appeals to war aficionados as well as those who enjoy a story of courage and strength. “What an amazing read…a history, a love story, and a tribute to the Greatest Generation,” said Reginald A. Centracchio, Lt. General of the RI National Guard. “The book captures the life of an aviator, a hero from a small American town. At times, I actually felt like I was in that B24.” Within the text, Capaldi details the death-defying missions flown by Jacques and the men of the 755th Squadron, 458th Bomb Group.
Jacques’ awards are numerous. He was inducted into the RI Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014 and is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. He passed away in August 2013.
Books are available in advance at Amazon.com or day of the event at Barrington Books’ Cranston location.
For more information, please visit worldwartwoheroes.com.