Get your copy of ‘The Gift of the GI’

From the title, you will probably recognize that this holiday story was inspired by “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. Growing up, I used to enjoy those classic short stories by the likes of O. Henry, H.H. Munro or Saki, Richard Connell (“The Most Dangerous Game”), and Somerset Maugham. Most of them had a good twist at the end that made the story all the more rewarding. This story was sent out to those on the Book Squad mailing list over the holiday season. If you would like a copy of this free story, please email directly to with Gift of the GI in the subject line. You’ll get your copy and be added to the Book Squad mailing list for future updates. Thank you and enjoy!

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3 Responses to Get your copy of ‘The Gift of the GI’

  1. Hi David: I just started reading some of your sniper works. I read Ghost Sniper, Iron Sniper and am about finished with Pacific Sniper. I enjoy your style and also your respect for our World War II vets. I am happy that you chose an Army sniper rather than a Marine sniper in your Pacific theater. No offense meant for the Marines, but they have tended to get all of the credit for the ground fighting in the Pacific!

    I am especially thrilled that you picked the 77TH Infantry Division for your setting. My Dad fought with the 77TH and I’ve recently completed a posthumous memoire of his time with the 77TH. I am very curious about your choice of the 77TH. Was it random? Or do you have some connection to that unit? If you have any interest, I would be glad to feed you some information about the 77TH along with some anecdotes.

    Best regards, Jim

    • David Healey says:

      Hi Jim, thank you so much for your kind words and I’m glad that you are enjoying the stories. Of course, I have heard from some Marines who would prefer a Marine sniper! I don’t have a personal connection to the 77th because my grandfather and great-uncles served in the Navy in the Pacific. However, I found the 77th’s unit history fascinating and they were essentially present at several key campaigns. While the story line won’t follow them exactly, being only loosely based on the 77th, it will hopefully bring to light some of their accomplishments. The unit histories and memoirs really do provide details and snapshots of what things were like for the soldiers on a daily basis. If you have compiled your dad’s memoirs into a book, please let me know the title and I will certainly order it, and if it’s not published, I would welcome reading what you do have for background material. Years ago I worked as a reporter and got to know several D Day veterans that I wrote about. Sadly, they are all gone now, but I think it’s important to share how these everyday men did extraordinary things. Best, David

      • Hi David: Thanks for responding. The Memoirs I wrote were written primarily to create an historical record of my Dad’s experiences in the Pacific. Like most combat veterans, my father seldom, if ever, spoke of the details of his combat. So I decided to tell the story of the 77th ID, and the 307th Infantry Regiment. My father was in the same unit from basic training all the way through the occupation of Japan, so I figured that the unit’s story was really his story also.
        The intended audience was his grandchildren and great grandchildren, none of whom ever knew the man. I had the book copyrighted and I had 100 copies printed for private distribution. I would be more than happy to send a hard copy to you. Send me a mailing address and I’ll get you the copy. You can connect with me via email, if you want.
        Best regards, Jim

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