This book is more than a memoir or a biography, it’s a raw, honest window into the life of a genuine hero who was ultimately, as we all are, no more than human. In a time when we’re consumed with intergenerational differences and conflicts, this story highlights what made the Greatest Generation great, why none of the rest of us will ever quite measure up, and how hard it can sometimes be to acknowledge that. It cannot have been easy, being raised by a veteran and a hero, but somehow Perry never really complains. Instead, we are gifted with an honest and heartfelt reliving of moments that show clearly the depth of this man, the difficulty in ever understanding just what he’d experienced, and the deep and abiding love he engendered in his family nonetheless. The Master Sergeant was, it is clear, a true original, and through this book, those of us not fortunate enough to have lived a life that intersected with his can come to know, just a little bit, what we missed out on. Beautiful and heart wrenching.
Having only met the Master Sergeant through Matt Perry’s MS Facebook posts, I was delighted to escape into a small fraction of the Master Sergeant’s world and how his life inspired my great friend to be the father and man he is today.
This book is so much more than a couple stories. Rather, this book shows the legacy of the MS, his impact on his son and grandson, and his effortless love of protecting and defending this country against all odds. Oftentimes the greatest ally you have is the one who is silently rooting and fighting for you in the corner and the MS would be someone I would want in my corner.
I laughed a lot; I cried a lot. But mostly, I related to a lot.
If you want a down to earth good read, I 100% recommend you get this book. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't stop reading.
This book was released on 12/7 - a date that lives in infamy and the perfect date to release this compelling story of a foot soldier in two of America's wars. There are not many accounts of enlisted soldiers in WWII and Korea but this one is and it briefly describes the horrors of those wars, particularly the war in the Pacific.
The writing is excellent, concise and easy to read. And it is a quick read that explores the aftermath of those two earth-shattering events on Sgt. Perry's life. It explores how those experiences related to how Sgt. Perry viewed the world and his interactions with his son and grandson (as well as the grandson's teenage friends).
The conversations between Sgt. Perry and his son are priceless.
Buy the book.
I truly loved reading the "Master Sergeant" stories and couldn't wait to hear the next one. I read the entire book in a day. Having recently lost my father, this work stirred a lot of emotion, some tears, and a lot of laughter. The love and respect of the author for his father are so apparent and heartwarming, especially in an age when caring for aging parents is often seen as a burden instead of an honor. Matt, thank you for sharing! To everyone reading this review - Read this book; you will be happy that you did!
This is one of those books that instantly captures you and if you aren't reading it, you're thinking about it. Matt Perry does an excellent job of relaying the nuances and idiosyncrasies that made up the "Master Sergeant" and by the end of the book, you feel like you knew him. The stories will make you laugh out loud, some may bring a tear, but every story in this book captivates the reader and makes you want to keep reading. Buy this book! You will not regret it.
In reading this book, I recognized my father. He was a senior master sergeant master sergeant in the United States Air Force. He served during part of the same time period that your father served. Even though my father did not come from the same background. He was the same man. He would tell stories of the shenanigans he and his men would get into, but he wouldn't talk about the war. He left me with indelible memories and left over skills.