Unlikely Warrior, A Small Town Boy's View of World War II

On the surface, Unlikely Warrior tells the story of Robert Lovell, who came of age in Oklahoma in the early half of the 20th century. Beneath that tale, however, is the story of a country coming to terms with life before, during, and after World War II.

Beginning and ending in the same small Oklahoma town, Robert Lovell’s story could have been that of almost any other member of what has come to be known as “The Greatest Generation” in America’s history. Told in frank, yet innocent, details, Lovell’s story comes to life as you learn more about the middle of the 20th century than you ever would from a history book.

This honest and touching memoir starts out with summers in the Scouts and faint radio murmurs of unrest in faraway places. As World War II creeps ever closer to the American consciousness, Lovell finds himself in basic training, shooting targets and learning codes.

Stationed in Germany during the latter part of the war, Lovell turns 19 just weeks before V-E Day, and hears of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on the radio during his shipride back to the States and the arms of the ones he loves. By the time he turns 20 – just ten years after the start of the story, Lovell has faced more than most people do in a lifetime.

A first-hand memoir of one of the most pivotal decades in the history of the United States, Unlikely Warrior was put to paper at the insistence of the author’s grown children. Its lessons, however, can benefit all of us.