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Haven’t read anything positive about the United States of America lately?
Can hardly remember exactly why we fought all those wars or what that is worthwhile came out of them? The author of this book of 12 speeches and several essays was the invited speaker in those difficult Sixties and Seventies on Independence Day, Naturalization Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day at gatherings in Southern Oregon. There he spoke from the heart (and his years of historical training) to the matter of our wars and their reasons for being waged.
Large audiences and small alike stood or sat while Vaughn Davis Bornet delivered short orations that speak directly to sensitive matters. In the Country and around the World at the time there grew to be muttering and questioning; many “tuned out” or “dropped out” as the drug culture and draft resistance moved in on the spirit that had won World War II and earlier World War I.
The Rogue River Valley is a place of small towns; the locale is just north of California, in the mountains, but Ashland, Medford, and the smaller places are in valleys where old values continue to be honored in ceremonies that honor our service personnel year after year.
This book, whose prose is in most cases forty years old, returns readers to an older time. It does so without apology, for the author admits from the very beginning to being “patriotic.” His essay/speeches are, in a word no longer in general use, patriotics.
The author’s publications and bio appear on pages 150-153.
Since most of the words in this book were created to be spoken aloud, why not read a few paragraphs or pages to a friend or relative?


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THE AUTHOR'S MILITARY, CIVILIAN, AND GOVERNMENT SERVICEThe author of this book,Vaughn Davis Bornet, served in World War II for four years and four months-beginning in September, 1941. He was at the outset a Yeoman First Class in Naval Intelligence (Cable and Radio Censorship), was commissioned Ensign after a year, and attended Naval Training School (Indoctrination) for two months at Quonset Pt., R.I. Having served at Assistant Personnel Officer, Seventh Naval District and Gulf Sea Frontier, he later was made an assistant at Com Fair North Island, and then served out the war as Barracks Officer for Fleet Air Alameda, where he rose to full Lieutenant.Remaining in the Naval Reserve, so that he served 23 years before final retirement (rising to full Commander, USNR), he did innumerable tours of two weeks duty, postwar, in such places as Treasure Island, Moffett Field, Alameda Oakland, Los Alamitos, El Toro, Pensacola, Great Lakes, Glenview, and the carrier Bennington. He took many courses, gave lecture series in various locales (with and without pay), and was generally active. His retirement was sooner than his son's (32 years) and was precipitated by his move from the 11th to the 12th Naval District in 1963, where annual two weeks duty assignments ceased being routine.Beth W. Bornet, his wife of over 65 years, spent some time employed by the Girl Scouts of America as a Leader-Trainer. Their daughter earned the Curved Bar in the Girl Scouts and their son rose to Eagle Scout (the elder Bornet only to Life Scout). Vaughn was an active Sigma Chi and for over four decades has been a Rotarian. He served 17 years on the U. S. Civil Rights Commission for the State of Oregon. He brought a varied background to his self assigned task of offering public orations and essays to his fellow citizens in Southern Oregon.
Published January 19, 2011 by iUniverse. 147 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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