The Hero And His Friend
Richard (Dick) Wolters and Maxwell Jordan, both from Newaygo County, are different generations and good friends. Dick heard Max’s stories of his experiences in WWII and was so impressed that he wrote a book about them. Dick is a retired Registered Professional Engineer with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and took up writing as a hobby in his retirement.
Max is a heavily decorated veteran. Dick’s book tells the story of Max’s war experiences of hardship, dedication, leadership, vision and valor, and what it took to get through it all. Max participated in the battles and campaigns in Nomandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe, quite a record for a young man of only 21 years. Max was awarded the following honors: Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with a silver battle star, four Overseas Service Bars and a Service Stripe. He also received a Good Conduct Medal and an Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon. Dick knows that it is an honor to be friends with Max.
Max and Dick both grew up in Fremont and attended the same grade school, just a couple of decades apart. Dick and Max are both Newaygo County residents now, but Dick and his wife, Kay, are snowbirds, opting for their home in Arizona in the months of ice and snow here.
Dick’s book, ‘We Were United Then, WWII Memoir of Maxwell L. Jordan’ is now available to the public. There will be an official book signing on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 from 10 AM to 12 Noon at Flying Bear Books, 79 State Rd., Newaygo. You can stop by, pick up the book, meet the author and have Maxwell Jordan himself sign your copy.