Shadows of the Past

Author: Ken Wiley

ISBN: 978-1-62137-511-1 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-1-62137-512-8 (eBook)

74 pages

The parallels between economy, religion, social issues, and world environment of the twenty-first century are very similar to those of the 1930s and 1940s. Economically, unemployment, poverty, and inflation were at their lowest points in history in 1939. What destroyed us then is threatening to destroy us now. In 1939, with the dark clouds of destruction rolling around the world, religion was at its peak. As a unified America, we responded as one nation under God and saved a nation about to lose their freedom. Miraculously, we diminished unemployment and poverty in a few short months. Details of how, when, and why this happened have explanations, and can help us today. With God's blessing, our economy flourished and we became the image of freedom, hope, and opportunity as the most powerful nation in the world. In 68 years, we have destroyed that image and put ourselves in a worse position. The dark clouds are rolling at us once again. The answer to our secular problems may surprise you, and those who have observed the decline will not dispute the evidence. First, we must re-establish the unity and dedication that we possessed in 1939 through 1946. Then we must apply the solutions that are guaranteed to work. There is a world in dire need. That is a vast market. We were created as a Christian nation. We must maintain a strong military force, but it is our responsibility to help others raise up to the level that God has raised us up to, before it becomes a war that could destroy the world.


Ken Wiley was one of five brothers in WWII. Three were in the Army Air Corp, one was in the Army, and he was in the Coast Guard. His brother Joe, co-pilot on a B-17, was killed on his fifth mission over Germany. The third brother, Troy, was also assigned to the Eighth AF and flew B-17s, completing thirty-five missions over Germany. His brother Vic was assigned to the Embassy Service and Ken was a Cox'n of an LCVP landing craft, making seven invasions in the Pacific.

After the war, Ken did his engineering work at Hill College, Texas A&M, eventually completing it at Oklahoma State University. He worked three years for the Soil Conservation Service, two years for Bell Helicopter as a hydraulics design engineer, twenty-four years at Ling Temco Vaught, a diverse defense and commercial business contractor, moving from Liaison Engineer to Vice President of Marketing. Upon his retirement, he was called to help Nation Presort introduce new equipment for eleven years. He then worked independently as an Operational Analyst and consultant. He formed his own company, based on patent and software copyrights that he had designed, and operated the company for eleven years. When he eventually retired in 2006, he wrote and published Lucky Thirteen: D Days in the Pacific with the US Coast Guard in World War II which has been a consistent, best-seller since. Ken now works with veterans as the president of the AHCWWII Roundtable and co-hosts a television show titled Veteran's Voice. Ken is married and has six daughters and ten grandchildren.

Category: Non-Fiction

Type: books

Vendor: Ken Wiley

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