Signing Event with Larry C. Floyd, Patty Kelly Stevens, & Jeremy C. Holm

Join Best of Books at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 as we spotlight two books by Oklahomans that bring to life real life experiences during World War II. This event is free to attend and open to all with copies of “Waiting on America” and “When Angels Fall” available to purchase at the event. 

“Waiting on America: A Civilian Prisoner of Japan in the Philippines” tells the story of 99 year old Nichols Hills resident, Patty Kelly Stevens, who nearly 80 years after her liberation in 1945 worked with Oklahoma City historian Larry C. Floyd to tell her story. Stevens was just three months from graduating from an American high school in Manila when Japanese forces struck Pearl Harbor and the Philippines Islands on the same day in early December 1941. As an American civilian and enemy alien, she was soon arrested with her mother and brother and incarcerated in Japanese internment camps for the next three years. “Waiting on America” describes her and 5,000 U.S. civilians' harrowing years as prisoners of the Japanese army and their historic rescue by U.S. 11th Airborne Troops.

"When I returned to America after the war and started college in California, my freshman composition teacher told me I should write a book about my experiences," the vivacious Oklahoma City resident said with a laugh. "Well, I finally got around to it."

Discover the history behind the 11th Airborne Division, the Angels, in World War II with “When Angels Fall: From Toccoa to Tokyo: The 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II MacArthur's Secret Weapon & Heroes of Los Baños”. Author Jeremy C. Holm, returns to his hometown of Edmond after years away as an Olympic athlete, journalist, speaker, and now historian and author. 

Utilizing firsthand experiences and interviews with members of the 511th PIR, including his grandfather 1st Lieutenant Andrew Carrico of Company D, Jeremy tells the story of this historic unit from Camp Toccoa to Tokyo, including the training grounds of Camp Mackall and New Guinea. The Angels faced hell together and bonded during the nightmarish months of combat of the Leyte and Luzon campaigns. “When Angels Fall” is a masterful narrative by a former journalist and historian who here tells the full story of a group of America's heroes, the elite Paratroopers of the 511th PIR, 11th Airborne in World War II.

SSGT Jim Wilson of Company B said, "WHEN ANGELS FALL is the most accurate book I've seen on our unit. Jeremy got it right. It has the most detail of all the books on the Angels. This is the best."


This event is free to attend and open to all with copies of “Waiting on America” and “When Angels Fall” available to purchase at the event. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
1313 E. Danforth
Edmond, OK 73034