Crossen Combat Chronicles

Biography of a WWII Artilleryman - by Chip Heyl


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Chip and Reflector reporter Don Hohler 2008 Borders.
Chip and Reflector reporter Don Hohler at Borders.

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The articles previewed below are about the Crossen Combat Chronicles or the authors, Chhip Heyl and Sue (Crossen) McCreey. We hope you find them informative and interesting.

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Book Signing for Norwalk Relector
Norwalk High School grad returns to promote military book on Crossen

By DON HOHLER - Norwalk Reflector (Ohio) Sportswriter | Friday January 25 2008, 11:50am

Norwalk High graduate Chip Heyl returned Thursday evening to a library he frequented in the 1950s as a schoolboy and along with his classmate, Sue (Crossen) McCreery, delivered the first of what is expected to many book reviews across Ohio of the detailed history of the 135th Field Artillery Battalion, a battalion commanded by Crossen’s father, Lt. Col. John R. Crossen.

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Milan woman's book offers glimpse into the life of World War II soldier — her father
Milan woman's book offers glimpse into the life of World War II soldier — her father

By KATIE WALSH - Sandusky Register (Ohio) | Wednesday, February 20 2008

Sue McCreery's father told her war stories when she was a child.

John Crossen was consumed by his experiences as an artilleryman in World War II, and relayed to his daughter all that he had seen and done during three and a half years in the Pacific. But like most children, McCreery's attention was fleeting.

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Chip Heyl
Heyl: Golfer turned author

By Don Hohler
Norwalk Refelctor Sportswriter

It's hard to believe that Chip Heyl was back in Norwalk in January for something other than golf.

That was the case, however.

Heyl was at the Norwalk Library one evening previewing a book he co-authored with his Norwalk classmate Sue (Crossen) McCreery. It was on the military career of her father, Lt. Col. John R. Crossen, a previously unheralded officer in charge of a field artillery battalion in the Pacific. It was the sixth book Heyl has written but the first outside golf.

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Local Author Sells WWII Book at Camp Perry Ohio Military Retirees' Reunion
Local Author Sells WWII Book at Camp Perry Ohio Military Retirees' Reunion

Milan, OH - Author Richard "Chip" Heyl, formerly of Norwalk and now Sterling, VA, recently attended the Ohio Military Retirees' Reunion held at Camp Perry, OH selling his most recent book - a story within the story of WWII in the Philippines during 1942-45 named Crossen Combat Chronicles.

Mr. Heyl, seated on the right and son-in-law of Col. John R. Crossen Ron McCreery of Milan seated on the left, had the opportunity to share information with several of the WWII veterans. At least four of the retirees remembered Col. Crossen and had stories to tell.

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