Uncle Matty Comes Home True Story of the Return of KIA Soldier D-Day M1 Garand
Uncle Matty Comes Home True Story of the Return of KIA Soldier D-Day M1 Garand :
Pvt. Martin Teahan, a happy go lucky kid from the tough South Bronx Streets, enlisted at age 17 shortly after the attack on Pear Harbor. Matty, as he was affectionately known, forged his mother's signature and joined the82nd Airborne Division,508th Parachute Infantry Division. Uncle Matty would die during the invasion of Normandy. During the night beforeD-day, D-day was postponed for a day, Matty would engrave his name and the name of his Nottingham girlfriend Kitty, on the butt of hismajestic D-Day M1 Garand. During the invasion of Normandy Uncle Matty was shot, captured, and eventually executed. His historic D-day rifle was found by a French farmer and kept in the Normandy family for about 60 years. Somehow it would up on the collectors market. Active DutyFrench General Patrick Colletwould come across it in 2016, recognized its importance and bought it with one thought in mind, reunite it with his family. General Collet would track me down, starting the process of meeting theChairman of the Joint Chiefs General Milleyat my Uncle's grave in June 2016.
Subsequent to meeting General Milley at Uncle Matty's grave, his rifle was presented to me and I wrote a book about the whole journeywww.unclemattycomeshome.com. My uncle's rifle is now proudly on display in General Milley's office in the Pentagon.Upon General Milley's retirement Uncle Matty historic D-day rifle will be donated to the new Army Musuem at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.
General Mark Milley - Chairmain of the Joint Chief's
"Thanks so much for all you have done to hoor you Uncle Matty and the great paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division in the liberation of France. He dided to make others free, there is no higher honor.
Airborne All the Way"
French General Patrick Collet - Commanding General11th Parachute Brigade
"Your Uncle Martin Teahan rifle is a special piece of history. He must be smiling from Paratroopers Heaven"
Andrew Smart - Nottigham Post
"The story of Matty Teahan's rifle, and the determinationof his nephew to honor a fallen family hero, is one of the most inspiring and poignant stories I have ever reported on in my 50 years as a journalist. Jim Farrell's Uncle Matty Comes Home is a fitting tribute and epitaph to one man's sacrifice for the cause of freedom."
"History comes alive with this story Uncle Matty Comes Home. It is a true-life story with heart warming details of an Irish-American family. The author's honesty comes through, especially describing close familiesmember's shortcomings and the families hardships dealing with grief, economic hardships, and life disappointments. With all this, it is a wonderful story how the Uncle's rifle is returned. Wonderful friendships are made from around the world and the immediate family is brought togehter in honor of their hero. Jim Farrell was able to connect the dots from England to Normandy and finally DC. An emotional read with real letters from survivors of WW2."
"A read that gave me the chills: made me smile; made me cry; made me laugh; made me recall personal memories; made me proud to be an American.. I call that a good book!"
"Absolutely loved this book. If you are a history buff this is a great story about a man discovering a story about his beloved Uncle who proudly served our country. The book is a quick read, that I didn't put down."
"Jim Farrell is a remarkably gifted writer and story teller. His tale cuts across generations, continents, and a World War from the South Bronx to D-Day to the Pentagon. What starts as an unlikely story about a lost rifle, ulitmately becomes an inspiring tale of coincidences, detective work, family, and self-discover. It's quite an achievement, and it has a lot of good history. I am wondering who will get the movie rights."
"I just finished reading this great book written by Jim Farrell. Although I didn't know Jim we grew up only a few blocks apart. We lived near 182nd and the Grand Concourse in our beloved Bronx during the late sixities and early seventies. His childhood and teenage stories of the games we all played made me think happily of my own Bronx childhood. What really makes the book a special read are the stories about his Uncle Matty a member of The GreatestGeneration. A wonderful son, brother, friend, and Uncle who made everyone he met during his short life a better person. Jim writes how through Uncle Matty's heroics and thousands of more brave men like him we were all able to live better lives. The sometime heartbreaking and wonderful stories of so many brave souls that fought on D-Day at Normady Beach will bring a tear to your eye. His brothres and sisters, especially his sister Liz writings in the book show how much everyone loved their mother's brother Uncle Matty. I highly recommend this great book."