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MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF

A Love Story by

Diane Stark (McConnell) Sanfilippo

 

Table of Contents

 

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  2003 Diane Sanfilippo

 

Prologue              Chapter 1

 

 

Part 1 – North Georgia College, Dahlonega, Georgia

Prologue – General David Bramlett, U.S. Army, Retired

Chapter 01 – We Meet

Chapter 02 – Our First Date

Chapter 03 – Jan – Feb 1961

Chapter 04 – The Copper Mine

Chapter 05 – Our First Fight

Chapter 06 – We Get Married

Chapter 07 – Our Honeymoon

Chapter 08 – No More Secrets

Chapter 09 – Billy’s Surprise

Chapter 10 – Our First Home

Chapter 11 – Fertile Valley

Chapter 12 – Summer Camp

Chapter 13 – Late Summer 1961

Chapter 14 – Fall 1961

Chapter 15 – Pineapple Sandwiches

Chapter 16 – Our First Christmas

Chapter 17 – Our First Anniversary

Chapter 18 – Our Son is Born

Chapter 19 – Turning Point

Chapter 20 – Graduation

Chapter 21 – Summer 1962

Chapter 22 – Fall 1962

Chapter 23 – 2nd Lt. William E. McConnell

Chapter 24 – Christmas 1962

Part II – Ft. Benning, Georgia

Chapter 25 – The Camellia Garden Apartments

Chapter 26 – Officer’s Basic

Chapter 27 – OCS School – 1st Session

Chapter 28 – OCS School – 2nd Session

Chapter 29 – November – December 1963

Chapter 30 – Spring 1964

Chapter 31 – The Funeral

Chapter 32 – The Aftermath

Chapter 33 – Summer 1964

Chapter 34 – Life Goes On

Chapter 35 – Airborne School – Late Summer 1964

Chapter 36 – Early Fall 1964

Chapter 37 – Billy’s 24th Birthday

Chapter 38 – Thanksgiving 1964

Chapter 39 – Ranger School

Chapter 40 – Christmas 1964

Chapter 41 – The Wedding

Chapter 42 – Our Second Honeymoon

Chapter 43 – Ranger William E. McConnell

Chapter 44 – Our Second Child is Born

Part III - Our Journey

Chapter 45 – First Stop – Griffin

Chapter 46 – Second Stop – Goodbye Varsity

Chapter 47 – Memphis by Suppertime

Chapter 48 – Next Stop – Oklahoma City

Chapter 49 – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Chapter 50 – Pike’s Peak to Denver

Chapter 51 – Too Much Snow – Back to Albuquerque

Chapter 52 – Petrified Forest and Painted Desert

Chapter 53 – The Grand Canyon National Park

Chapter 54 – California Here We Come!

Chapter 55 – Lost in LA

Chapter 56 – Southern Hospitality, California Style

Chapter 57 – Seafood and Sears

Chapter 58 – Disneyland

Chapter 59 = More Darby’s Rangers

Chapter 60 – Bon Voyage

Chapter 61 – On the High Seas

Chapter 62 – Our Voyage Continues

Part IV – Schofield Barracks and Sunset Beach, Hawaii

Chapter 63 – Aloha Hawaii!

Chapter 64 – Paradise and More

Chapter 65 – Sunset Beach

Chapter 66 – Paradise on Ke-Nui

Chapter 67 – More Adventures in Paradise

Chapter 68 – Even More Adventures in Paradise

Chapter 69 – Mischief in Paradise

Chapter 70 – The Punchbowl Ceremony

Chapter 71 – Labor Day and Tsunami Warning

Chapter 72 – Drums of War

Chapter 73 – Bloody September

Chapter 74 – The Nightmare Continues

Chapter 75 – The Long Way Home

Chapter 76 – The Decision

Chapter 77 - The Funeral

 

Foreword Contents Prologue Chapter 1