Cambridge, MA: Privately Printed, 1945. First Edition / First Printing. Maroon cloth over boards with titling in gilt on the spine and boxed in black on the front cover. 6" x 9", pp. xi, 1 - 75 with a frontispiece of Joe Kennedy in his Class A naval uniform, an introduction by JFK and 20 memorial essays by family, friends, and associates. Internally clean, tight and well bound. Corners are bumped with light wear through, as well as head / foot of spine and one 1/4" section on lower front edge and along the vertical edges of the spine. The title page has red, WW II Naval Airman Wings insignia which differentiates the first printing from the second.
Following the death of Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (1915 - 1944), his younger brother John F. Kennedy donned the mantle of leadership in their father's quest to place a son in the White House. Joe was a Lieutenant, Bombadier Pilot, in the Navy during WW II. His plane exploded during a training run for an experimental, radio guided flight. Both Joe and his co-pilot, LT Wilford Will, recieved the Navy Cross.
Provenance: This book is from the legacy collection of Eugene H. Amory Jr. (1914 - 2001). He served as a junior infantry officer from 1942 - 1946 and marched with his platoon in WW II across the liberation of Europe. He descended from an early American family, his grandfather was a ship builder and his father was a Director on the Board of Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp. Amory and Joe Kennedy became friends on the golf course of Hyannis, MA where both families kept a home. Their friendship earned Amory a seat at the memorial service where he received this book. Very good / not issued. Item #2566
"This book is meant just for the family and those who knew Joe... Joe himself, I know, will always be a part of your heart." (p. vii).