Books sales of When We All Went to War, the account of the impact of World War II on the Muskegon Junior College campus community, will benefit both Muskegon Community College and the USS Silversides Museum.
Co-authored in 2001 by MCC Distinguished Faculty members Donald J. Goodman and the late Jack W. Rice, the 100-page text with photos will be sold for $16.97 at the USS Silversides Museum, located at 1643 Bluff St. along the Muskegon Channel, and at the MCC Bookstore on campus.
“When We All Went to War is a sad but true story of young men from Muskegon who left their studies at Muskegon Junior College (MJC) to fight for this country,” said Marczak. “Personnel from the USS Silversides Submarine Museum worked with Don Goodman to publish the book and we are proud to be a part of this very personal Muskegon story.”
The College will donate its portion of the book proceeds toward scholarships, said Tina Dee, director of the Foundation for Muskegon Community College.
The book’s authors dedicated their 26-chapter work “to the students, faculty, administrators, and staff who together shared the ‘terrible, scaring joy’ of WWII.” In the book’s forward, Goodman recounts the sacrifice of his co-author and WWII veteran as emblematic of a generation of MCC alumni and employees.
“As I reflect upon my own teaching career, I am amazed and humbled that I was able to work, teach, learn, and write with the very men and women who absolutely saved Western civilization from the most evil people on earth,” wrote Goodman.
“My colleagues went about the business of teaching, living quiet, understated lives…These were common, everyday heroes who would have laughed at the word, ‘Hero,’ but people who absolutely saved the world we live in from a hell we dare not imagine.”
For more information, contact Peg Maniates, curator of the USS Silversides Museum, at (231) 755-1230 ext. 230.