The War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder was visited by a special guest. Author Kevin G. Nicol came to visit the civic center to see all the items from WWII on display.
Nicol has a special connection to the WWII memorabilia thanks to his father.
Nicol’s latest work “Your Loving Son Irvin” collects his father’s letters back home when he was serving in WWII.
His father was Corporal Irvin Nicol and he served in the 3rd Army Spearhead Division during WWII and fought in many noteworthy campaigns and battles.
Nicol was greeted by representatives from Fort Polk, DeRidder Mayor Misty Clanton, and War Memorial Civic Center Director Faith Scott. Nicol recounted stories of growing up idolizing his father and wanting to learn more about his time during WWII.
He also said that his father spoke highly of the USO in DeRidder during his time in the service. He discovered this after reading the letters his father wrote during WWII.
Nicol revealed that his father suffered from PTSD after the war and struggled with nightmares throughout his life. It was difficult for his father to speak about, and thus he rarely did.
Nicol decided to write the book three years ago after a family member discovered his father’s letters back home during his time in the military.
After going through them and doing years of research, Nicol got the book published.
“When I was a kid there was nothing I wanted to do more than to talk to my dad about his time in the service, but he would never talk about it. He had what is known today as PTSD, not much was known about it then. About three years ago, we found the letters he wrote home to his parents and almost all of them end with him writing ‘your loving son Irvin.’”Nicol said.
Nicol described finding the letters as an “emotional experience”, and claimed that it made him feel even closer to his late father.
During his military career, Irvin Nicol earned a Silver Star for service in numerous major battle campaigns.
The Battle of St. Lo in France, The Battle For Mons in the Falaise Gap of Northern France, The Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, and both the first and second Rhineland campaigns. He was also a part of the Central Europe Campaigns.
During his time in the service, he received numerous other awards and accolades for his three years of total service during WWII.
In addition to his writings, Kevin G. Nicol is the head of his own foundation that does many things to honor veterans, enrich the community and showcase faith-based charity
The Nicol Foundation (TNF) is a faith-based 501c3 not-for-profit charity devoted to upholding traditional American Values by providing education, inspiration and scholarship assistance to support and encourage innovation, creativity, self-reliance and entrepreneurship.
For more information log on to www.thenicolfoundation.org or call 618-931-2333.