About the Book
Peter Silverlos Livingston was born before World War II and would be considered a traditionalist in today’s jargon. There is an old saying, “You can take the kid out of Brooklyn but you can’t take Brooklyn out of the kid”. As a young kid growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Peter had the opportunity of being involved in many activities as a young boy. Brooklyn was the most populated of the five boroughs of New York City with over 3 million people of mostly European extraction including many other ethic races from all over the world during World War II. New York City was and still is the biggest city in the country.
There were more combat troops from Brooklyn than any other area in the country. Over three thousand died in World War II. The average age of those who fought and died in WWII was 26 years old. Believe It or not, the average age of those who fought and died in Vietnam was 19 years old. Also, Marine casualties in Viet Nam totaled over 13 thousand.
The Viet Nam war was one of the longest U.S. conflicts to date totaling ten years from 1965 to 1975, but the U.S. had advisors there for a number of years even before 1965. Over 58,000 U.S. troops died in Viet Nam and some are still Missing In Action (MIA’s) like the great Cliff Cushman. He was from the University of Kansas and was a silver medalist in the Olympics. He flew an Air Force jet when he went missing. The Viet Nam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington D.C. is a long black slab marble wall dedicated to all the fallen warriors and those that served and fought in Viet Nam, including those who are still MIA. Each of the soldiers names are inscribed on it in chronological order based on the date they died and served.
This honor has been bestowed on all these veterans who courageously fought in the Viet Nam war conflict as remembered by the United States which dedicated the building of this wall in their honor. The monument’s importance and significance is a symbol for all peoples in the United States and future generations to remember the sacrifice these veterans undertook regarding this conflict.
About the Author
Peter S. Clarke, is a former banker with over 30 years experience in commercial lending and loan/credit administration with multibillion dollar banking institutions staring with Citibank in New York, and then moving to the former Texas Commerce Bank in Houston now Chase, and then to the Great Western Bancorp now Wells Fargo, and finally to Frost Bank in Houston. He has also been with The WFA Group, headquartered in Houston, Texas, for over 20 years. This Group provides collateral field exams on all types and sizes of credits for banks and non banks around the country. Besides A/R, Inv., Notes, and Special Projects, the company does any type of collateral field exam involving a working capital loan secured by real estate or personal property assets. In addition, The WFA Group also provides all types of machinery and equipment appraisals involving any type business or industry including full inspections, limited scope inspections (with the balance completed on a desktop),including giving value for in place installed equipment, and full desktops from its office. Appraisal values include Fair Market, Orderly Liquidation, and For Sale Liquidation (private or auction), and in place values where applicable.