John E. Nevola is a feature writer for Guns and Patriots. He is the author of The Last Jump, and his website is: www.thelastjump.
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  • The Last Jump: Chapter 39

    “It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them.We don’t want victories anymore.”Golda Meir (1898 – 1978) Macie Vance leaned closer to her Philco radio to listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fireside Chat.  | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 38

    “Women must try to do things as men have tried.When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.”Amelia Earhart (1898 – 1937) Jake Kilroy stood on the roof of the seven-story tenement building at 76 West 165th Street | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 37

    “We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.”Francis A. Walker (1840 – 1897) John Patrick Kilroy Junior walked briskly south on 23rd Street past George Washington University having just exited the Metro Station at Foggy Bottom.  | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 36

    “Who naught suspects is easily deceived.”Petrarch (AD 1304 – 1374) “We were really glad to see the boys show up after disappearing for those few days.  They seemed happy to be back too.  No one told us where they went.  | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 35

    “Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.”Sun Tzu (544 BC – 496 BC), The Art of War Jake Kilroy peeked through a small clear spot in the translucent glass side-pane of | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 34

    Macie and Derek, along with Nora and a sailor named Jesse, walked the crowded Saturday night streets of Norfolk to Harry’s Drug Store and Fountain. Macie always enjoyed a chocolate malted or banana split after the movies. It reminded her of home. Derek always cheerfully deferred to her wishes.

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 33

    “Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.”Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC – 65 AD) “The main problem was, they just didn’t know how to use us.”  Sky Johnson stabbed at a piece of apple pie on his | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 32

    “To act in concert with a great man is the first of blessings.”Marquis de Lafayette (1757 – 1834) “Fix bayonets!” The order was unsettling and reverberated up and down the long thin skirmish line of kneeling soldiers.  The men snapped | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 27

    The four boys laughed. Colonel James M. Gavin was indeed a brilliant motivator. There was a reason for the hard training, Gavin explained. It was to prepare them to endure the hardships of combat. If they survived that, they were clearly the toughest sons-of-bitches in the world and could easily crush anybody they faced.

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 31

    “The God of War hates those who hesitate.”Euripides (480 BC – 406 BC) The waitress circled the table and began collecting empty plates.  She was assisted by two busboys who quickly replaced silverware, refilled water glasses and scraped the crumbs | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 30

    “The soldier trade, if it is to mean anything at all,has to be anchored in an unshakable code of honor.”Carl von Clausewitz (1780 – 1831), On War Private Jake Kilroy knew he was right behind his buddy Johnny out the | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 29

    “Happy the man who has been able to learn the causes of things.”Virgil, (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70 BC – 19 BC) The waitress reached for the unfolded napkin.  A hand shot in from behind her and snatched it.  “I got | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Twenty-Eight

    “The more darkness in night attacks hinders and impedes the sight,the more must one supply the place of actual vision by skill and care.”Scipio Africanus (236 BC – 184 BC) The paratroopers of Jake’s squad were lined up at the | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Twenty-Six

    “In war, there is no substitute for victory.”General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (1880 – 1964), Address to Congress, April 1951 It was a cold January day in Virginia and the multitude that gathered to view the ceremony pressed politely | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Twenty-Five

    The Last Jump “It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.” Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650) “I can’t tell you gentlemen how much I appreciate you telling me about | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Twenty-Four

    The Last Jump “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) The Stage Door Canteen in downtown Newport News was packed with young servicemen, shipyard workers and local women as it usually was on | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Twenty-Three

    The Last Jump “Body and spirit I surrendered whole, to harsh instructors – and received a soul.” Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936), Epitaphs, 1919 Private John Patrick Kilroy stood at rigid attention in company formation on the parade grounds of | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Twenty-Two

    The Last Jump “The wise learn many things from their enemies.” Aristophanes (c. 446 BC – c. 386 BC) Sergeant Harley Tidrick lay prone on his bedroll.  He was looking out the front opening of his government issued pup tent.  | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Twenty-One

    The Last Jump “It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.” Epicurus (341 BC – 270 BC) Johnny Kilroy was frozen at attention with the rest of his platoon.  He was | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Twenty

    The Last Jump “But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.” Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) The cool breeze, hastened by an onshore gust from the James River, was refreshing as it swept the heat | Read More »