Books by Ben L Walton

Great Black War Fighters: Profiles in Service Revised Edition-2017

This is a reissue of Great Black War Fighters: Profiles in Service that was first published in May 2012. Inspiration to make the volume available again came from the many outstanding reviews found on websites in 2017 about the publication.

Below, for information, is the narrative that appeared on the back cover of the first edition of the book.

Great Black War Fighters: Profiles in Service sets a precedent. No other book has ever been written to meet three documented and validated needs.

One, to inform readers of the phenomenal achievements and remarkable contributions made to the defense and national security of the United States by African-American admirals and generals since President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948, abolishing segregation in the nation’s armed forces.

Two, to captivate, enlighten, and inspire students in training programs such as ROTC, the service academies, and OCS, who upon graduation, will be commissioned as officers in the military. Furthermore, it creates a resource for personnel on active duty or serving in the reserves to read how a group of black officers reached the pinnacle of their career, and doing it against enormous odds.

Three, to produce a collectible, gift or keepsake for former service members, their loved ones and friends, so they can all take pride and be moved by the life stories in this book.

Great Black War Fighters chronicles 29 black flag officers from among the 250 researched for the work.

Ben L. Walton retired from the U.S. Army in November 1978 after serving 30 years, rising in rank from private to colonel. Following separation, he began a second career as an administrative services executive in the public and private sectors. While active, he received official certification from five national professional associations. Subsequently, in 2000 he became a freelance writer. To date, he has written hundreds of essays on a multitude of subjects that have appeared in periodicals throughout the U.S. Furthermore, he is the author of two books: How to Be a Daily Winner and My Writings: Personal Essays.

My Writings: Personal Essays – Vol. 1

My Writings: Personal Essays is a collection of 57 essays from amonghundreds of narratives the author wrote over a 30-year period as a freelance scribe.

The book fills a knowledge void with vital information that readers from all levels of society can use in their daily life.

Most of the commentaries were published in periodicals throughout the U.S. The book, with a foreword by Dr. Lawrence T. Coulehan, M.D., has seven parts: Aging; Christianity; History; Relationships; Service; Quality and Participation; and Self-Help.

Born in a small community in central Texas, Colonel Ben L. Walton, U.S. Army (Retired) grew up in Waco, Texas, where he lived in a four-room house without electricity or running water. A wood-burning stove was used to cook food and for heat. “The nearest house to where I lived was four miles away. Besides, where I lived was across the street from a graveyard.”

He was motivated to write the book based on writings in the Bible, Selected Essays, 1917-1932 by T.S. Eliot, and Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics by Charles Krauthammer.

For more than 400 years, as documented in The Art of the Personal Essay: Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present by Phillip Lopate, personal essays have been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms.

Based on history, Essays by Michel de Montaigne, the title of an assemblage of 107 essays the author wrote and published in 1580, astonishingly is rated by experts today as among the greatest nonfiction books of all time. Furthermore, Montaigne is credited with inventing the writing style of an essay, meaning the short subject treatment of a given subject.

My Writings: Personal Essays aims to provide readers with a poignant and useful self-reliance publication worthy of their time that is captivating, interesting, and stimulating. But most importantly, it is a permanent resource that can be referred to as needed, treasured, and passed on to others for generations.

Colonel Ben L. Walton, U.S. Army (Retired) was raised in Waco, Texas, where he lived in a four-room house without electricity, running water, or an indoor toilet. He now lives in Colorado. This is his third book. He plans to write two more volumes of Personal Essays.