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Third Book by Berry Craig Continues to Build Scholarship Fund

Author and historian Berry Craigs third book continues his passion to commemorate Kentucky history and raise money for student scholarships at Kentucky Community amp; Technical College. Craig, a WKCTC history professor, has raised $2,300, through a fundraiser with his first two books, True Tales of Old-Time Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Bourbon amp; Burgoo and Hidden History of Kentucky in the Civil War. See flyer for details.

A portion of the proceeds from Craigs new book, Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers, will again go to the colleges scholarship fund. I have made many friends among my students and colleagues at the college, Craig said. This is my way of giving back to them. Craig added that as a reporter and freelance writer, he was especially privileged to interview several World War I and World War II veterans; some of whose stories are in the book.

Craig unearths the forgotten or all-but-unknown stories of Kentucky veterans, beginning with the French and Indian War and ending with World War II. Featuring tales of men and women from a diverse range of backgrounds, the book honors generations of Kentuckians who put their lives on the line for their country. Readers can learn about local heroes such as Andrew Carman and Bill Hack. Carman, who lived near Mayfield, served in the famous 369th Infantry in World War I. "The 369th was an African American regiment. The army was segregated until after World War II, Craig said.

Hack, retired business agent of Ironworkers Local 782 in Paducah, survived the fiery crash of his B-17 bomber into the English Channel. Bill was a gunner, Craig said. He also made it through the Eighth Air Forces first air raid on Schweinfurt, Germany, in 1943 one of the bloodiest air battles of World War II.

Kay Travis, Paducah Junior College executive director, is excited about what Craigs new book means for WKCTC students. Eight dollars of every book we sell goes directly to scholarships, said Travis. We appreciate Berrys commitment to the students and continuing to help provide scholarships.

Craig devoted Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers to his father and late father-in-law, both combat veterans of the Pacific Theater in World War II. I also dedicated the book to the gang at the old Paducah Sun-Democrat, where I first wrote about some of the vets in my book when I was a cub reporter back in 1976, said Craig.

Craig will read from his new book on April 21 at 2:00 pm in the Matheson Library. He will sign books following his presentation.

The book costs $21.20, tax included. Books can also be purchased in the PJC Foundation office in Carson Hall on campus or through the mail. The cost for a mailed copy is $23.70, which includes postage and handling. Several copies of Craigs first two books are also available for purchase.

Books can be purchased with cash or check. Checks should be made out to the PJC foundation. The mailing address for book orders is Kay Travis, WKCTC, P.O. Box 2380, Paducah, KY. 42002. For more information, contact Travis at 270-543-3084 or kay.travis@kctcs.edu.

Craig, who lives in Mayfield, earned a bachelors degree in history at Murray State University, where he added master of arts degrees in history and journalism. He was a feature writer and columnist for the Sun-Democrat and Paducah Sun for many years. He also authored Kentucky Backroads, an Associated Press feature column that focused on Kentucky history and politics.