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by James Bement
Trafford Publishing  2009
172 pages
photos, illustrations, maps
ISBN: 1426920474
Cover Price: $16.00
Language: English

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Baseball Battle and a Bride
An Okie in World War II

This book is a biography of Oklahoman (Okie) Robert Freese who was a prewar baseball play who was drafted a month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As a member of the 32nd Infantry Division, 128th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion.

Sent to New Guinea, he participated in the Battle of Buna including the attack on Simemi then Buna Airfield (Old Strip) and Buna New Strip. Facing swamps, thick jungle and entrenched Japanese bunkers and fortifications.

Afterwards, he met Leona Nievar, who he married in November 1944.

Review by Justin Taylan  

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September 21, 2023

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