Dear Mr. Bodden:
I look forward to reading “In The Footsteps of Valor” when I return to Honolulu next month. Thank you for including me in your book that will be included in my personal library.


Daniel K. Inouye
United States Senator

Thank you for your book “In the Footsteps of Valor” about your travels to Europe and the Pacific. It is a beautiful book of photos and history honoring “the greatest generation.” I found the section on my brother Audie Murphy to be accurate and factual.

Nadine Murphy Lokey

“In The Footsteps of Valor” - the reality of war is brought home to readers. In viewing so many of the “then and now” pictures, the beaches, the locations of so much deadly fighting, the thousands of men who lost their lives in those places, are brought to mind and mourned. Those fathers, husbands, sons, the defenders of their country, lie in cemeteries scattered all over those countries where they fought and died. Of course, Henry includes a section on Audie Murphy, World War II’s “Most Decorated Soldier” who was born and raised in our small section of Texas. While creating and enlarging a library from a small beginning, over the years I was able to collect all sorts of information, photos, and movie posters, many things regarding Audie. Fans from many states were kind enough to donate items they had to the collection. One of Audie’s fans from Canada was able to help me secure copies of some of Audie’s medals. I know that Henry has stood at the exact location of that burning tank, where Audie earned his Congressional Medal of Honor. I know that the small village of Holtzwihr, France has erected a memorial, naming Audie Murphy as their defender on that occasion. Farmersville honors Audie and other veterans every June near his birthday, declaring that day as Audie Murphy Day. Audie’s only remaining sister Nadine, who lives in Farmersville, is present for the ceremony and speaks on occasion honoring Audie’s memory and those veterans who are present for their sacrifices.

Pansy Hundley- Retired Librarian – Charles Rike Memorial Library – Farmersville, Texas

“In The Footsteps of Valor” is a marvelous complete work of investigation and compilation of the works of our “greatest generation.” The author has labored diligently to relate the history and stories of so many of the heroes who fought our battles in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II. You will be blessed as you read and consider what so many American men and women did to preserve freedom in this world. Thank you Henry, and thanks to all those who helped and co-operated in this great volume.

Lt. Colonel Brian K. McCallum – USAF Ret. – Commander/1st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron - SR-71 (Blackbird Pilot )1973-1974

Thanks so much for the volume which is beautifully done. The cover is very effective. I can’t wait to read through the book carefully to get a complete feel for it, even though I’ve seen a lot of it already.

Copyright Attorney Robert Spoo – Tulsa, OK

Your wonderful book arrived last Wednesday, December 7th when I was in Chicago. It is a gorgeous volume and the text that I read is well done and very interesting. I love all the photos…it is a rich volume. I got a kick out of the back cover re: “From Here To Eternity”

Chris Whippo, Chicago

WAAAAY COOL, or super nice which ever you like the best. As soon as it opened I was blown away. Great job.

Robert Bragg, Tulsa

Every time I’ve been to Arlington I go to Audie Murphy’s grave. What great experiences you have had!!! Your book will allow their voice to speak for generations rather than be lost to history. I wish you continued success as you preserve our history and I thank you.

Rene Deturenne

Friends – I have finally had the opportunity to look through Henry Bodden’s book “In the Footsteps of Valor” and all I can say is “WOW.” What a beautifully done book.

Mitch Haynes - Founder of Lexicon Writers Conference – Denton, TX.

In the Footsteps of Valor

In the Footsteps of Valor: a personal pictorial diary of WW2—“Then and Now” by Henry Bodden is a beautiful book. It is really a “coffee table” book though he does not designate it so. In large, hard cover format, the book contains 224 heavy-weight, glossy pages and hundreds of “then and now” photographs with support text. The cover of the book describes its contents very well. The author is shown walking on Red Beach on Iwo Jima and leaving footprints in the sand where many of our WWII warriors trod so long ago. Following the advice of Stephen Ambrose, the author visited most major (and many minor) battlegrounds of both the European and Pacific Theatres of WWII. The book alternates between the two theatres in a rough chronological order.

In nearly all cases, the author shows a “then” photograph followed by a “now” photograph. The support text for each entry is quite informative. In addition to the photo captions, the author includes explanatory text to give the reader a clear understanding of the events that were taking place at the time of battle.

He starts with the fact that, in the 1930s, both Japan and Germany were seeking world domination; he explains what led to their actions and why (especially in Germany) the populace bought into the schemes of war. In short, in the fore-sections he covers events that occurred up until Pearl Harbor. Regarding Pearl Harbor, he begins with the carefree life of servicemen and women on December 6th and then discusses the major events of December 7th: snafus with the radar reports, the heroics of individuals, the devastation, and the heartbreak. He ends the section with the Wannsee Conference and the Raid at St. Nazaire.

Next is a section describing Japan’s conquest of the Philippines: the Bataan Death March, Corregidor and the Malinta Tunnel, McArthur’s exit from danger, the Doolittle Raid and other great raids, the loss of the five Sullivan Brothers upon the sinking of the U.S.S. Juneau, and a section on “get Yamamoto.” Bodden discusses JFK’s PT 109, events of Kennedy’s Presidency, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his death at Dealey Plaza—witnessed by the author who was at the site where Kennedy was shot. (He offers his personal opinion that the shot came from the grassy knoll.)

Then the book shifts to Normandy and D-Day, the liberation of France and the Battle of the Bulge, followed by a long section on Audie Murphy including topics on Italy and Sicily. Bodden discusses the area where Murphy grew up and the annual events that still honor Murphy and our veterans. It was at one of these events where I met Bodden and where he donated his book for review. Audie Murphy’s homecoming reception in Farmersville, Texas, in 1945, was quite a success; some 3,000 onlookers crowded into the city square, some even occupying upper story window sills and rooftops of adjacent buildings. They came to display their pride and to recognize Audie as their hometown hero. Farmersville has striven to remain much the same as it was when Murphy returned from the war, and the city has been relatively successful. That alone is a great tribute to a proud warrior, and it is very refreshing to the visitors of Farmersville.

The book than shifts to Guam, Siapan, Iwo Jima, the Bridge on the River Kwai, and the death of Ernie Pyle before returning to the European Theatre to discuss the crossing of the Rhine, and the Death of F.D.R. There is also a section on the award of the Medal of Honor (by President Clinton) to Senator Daniel K. Inouye for his brave actions while serving with the 442nd when they rescued “the lost battalion.” The MOH was an upgrade from Inouye’s original Distinguished Service Cross awarded in 1945. As that section ends, we find Berlin in ruins, and we visit Berchtesgaden and the Eagle’s Nest.

The final chapters deal with the beginning of the nuclear age, the dropping of the A-Bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the Japanese Surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Follow-up includes “Letters from the Philippines” written right after the war ended, the death of General George S. Patton, and the war crimes trials at Nuremberg (and what happened to a few of those responsible for crimes against humanity in both the European and Pacific Theaters).

The author even includes a section about the tombstones and monuments of some of our most well known leaders of battle—including the monument recognizing George Armstrong Custer. You will remember that Custer graduated LAST in his class at West Point. For that class position, he was dishonored with a goat’s head. I was startled to learn, when studying the photograph of Custer’s monument, that the goat’s head is engraved on it. The author quipped that the goat’s head followed Custer to the grave.

Not only does the author walk in the footsteps of valor throughout the book, but he also studies motion pictures that have depicted the events of history. He relates their accuracy or lack thereof, and his observations seem to be quite accurate.

In the Footsteps of Valor is a great book. To order the book, contact the author at  PayPal account holders can order directly by clicking the "Buy Now" link below.  You may also write to Henry Bodden at 9610 N. Dover Pl., Owasso, OK 74055. His phone contact is 918-376-9417. The book sells for $33.50 including postage to the upper 48 States.
  • Reviewed by Lynn Ball, Editor, Watch on the Rhine
  • Chairman, Society of the 3rd Infantry Division Scholarship Foundation
  • Recipient: “Order of Saint Maurice, Civis,” 2012
  • Outstanding Associate Member (Multiple awards: Society of the 3rd Infantry Division)
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the U. S. Army: Fort Stewart, Georgia
  • President’s Award (multiple awards, Society of the 3rd Infantry Division
  • Professor of English, Texas Christian University, Texas A&M, Richland College


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