Welcome to my website!
I'm Don Busi, author of Knockin' on Heaven's Door. Please feel free to browse the site. I hope you find the site not only interesting but educational as well. My hope is that you will further understand one of our country's most significant historical events and also never forget a brave generation who sacrificed their all so that we may be free.
About the Author
Don Busi spent more than two years researching World War II and has conducted several hundred hours of interviews with his father and other veterans. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in education in 1975 and has worked in the medical business for more than twenty-five years. Don currently lives in The Villages, Florida.
About my latest book
Joe Busi's hard labor as Pennsylvania coal miner and his life in abject poverty could not have made him any tougher. But no amount of toughness could prepare him for what was to come after he was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942. On June 6, 1944 Joe was thrust into the greatest amphibious assault in human history...D-Day on the beaches of Normandy, France.
His ability to survive D-Day only meant he had to endure six more months of death and destruction beyond belief. He became an efficient killing machine and accepted the fact that he too would be killed. He received the Silver and Bronze Stars for his bravery, but his luck came to an end on a frigid December morning on a snowy Belgian battlefield, Critically wounded from the Nazi onslaught known as the Battle of the Bulge, he prayed his death would be quick.
After experiencing sixty-one years of heart-wrenching survival guilt, the eighty-five year old hero returned to Europe and was overwhelmed by the gratitude of the Europeans. His story and how he overcame the odds against survival is as amazing as the man himself.
*****"A must for anyone who loves the people stories in World War II." byMidwest Book Review (Oregon, WI, U.S.A.)
"Some wounds never heal. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door: A True Story of Courage and Sacrifice" tells of a son researching the deeds of his father in World War II. Joe Busi was one of the thousands of Americans who fought in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, and went through the hell of warfare, only to be nearly fatally injured in the Battle of the Bulge. What he experienced changed him, and he lived with guilt until he returned to the source of that guilt, decades later. A story of overcoming the personal aftermath of war, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door is a must for anyone who loves the people stories in World War II."
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