When is Daddy Coming Home? An American Family during World War II

When is Daddy Coming Home? An American Family during World War II
When is Daddy Coming Home? An American Family during World War II
Hardcover: $18.95
160 pp, illustrated
ISBN: 9780870203640

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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By Richard Carlton Haney

That moment, when Haney learned of his father’s death in the final months of fighting, changed his and his mother’s lives forever. In this emotionally powerful book, Haney, now a professional historian, explores the impact of war on an American family. Unlike many of America’s 183,000 World War II orphans, Richard Haney has vivid memories of his father. He skillfully weaves together those memories with his parents’ wartime letters and his mother’s recollections to create a unique blend of history and memoir.

Through his father’s letters he reveals the war’s effect on a man who fought in the Battle of the Bulge with the 17th Airborne but wanted nothing more than to return home, a man who expressed the feelings of thousands when he wrote to his wife, "I’ve seen and been through a lot but want to forget it all as soon as I can.” And Haney illuminates life on the home front in small-town America as well, describing how profoundly the war changed such communities. At the same time, his memories of an idyllic family life make clear what soldiers like Clyde Haney felt they were defending. With When Is Daddy Coming Home?, Richard Haney makes an exceptional contribution to the literature on the Greatest Generation—one that is both devastatingly personal and representative of what families all over America endured during that testing time. No one who reads this powerful story will come away unmoved.

Richard Carlton Haney earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and later graduated from West Point's post-Ph.D. military history program and the army's National Security Seminar at Carlisle Barracks. He is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches courses in 20th-century U.S. history, American military history, and Wisconsin history. The UW-Whitewater organization Students for an Accessible Society has twice presented him with its teaching excellence award.