A Country Doctor Goes to War by Tamara Thayer
A Country Doctor Goes to War is a great book for the student doing a paper on WWII, or for the reader who enjoys books about Minnesota history, WWII, or genealogy. Anyone will find it a compelling story of compassion for one's family, community and country.
A chance discovery of pictures, letters, artifacts, and a war journal among her grandfather's personal belongings spurred Tamara Thayer to document the life story of Dr. Ellsworth "Mike" Thayer in A Country Doctor Goes to War. This is much more than the biography of a doctor who served on the island of Tinian during World War II; it paints a vivid picture of facing the highs and lows of life with integrity.
"With so many "big picture" histories written about World War II, it is refreshing and remarkable to be able to read about one soldier's personal experiences and to view his photographs. The author has preserved Captain Thayer's journal--warts and all--so that the reader can experience both the good and the bad, and sharing his photos invaluabley adds to this intimate record of his life in service to this country. This book stands as a personal testament to the men and women who, like Thayer, were willing to sacrifice and risk it all in order to preserve and protect our freedom."
~David Allen, President of the Scott Hosier Veterans Roundtable, Rochester, Minnesota