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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Military and Police Books of the Year

Between the three websites, more than 2,500 American Heroes and their books are listed.

May 23, 2011, (San Dimas, CA) American Heroes Press, the publishers of, and, announced the results of their annual recognition.

Military Book of the Year:

9/11 Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes: NYC - The First Battle in the War Against Terror!

Police Book of the Year:

John Raven Beau

The 2011 Book of the Year
Colonel Will G. Merrill Jr., “a native of Ashland, Wisconsin, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with the Class of 1958. He served overseas for eleven years in Germany, Vietnam, Korea and Greece. He retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel in 1989. He is a graduate of the Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Ranger Course, the Army Airborne Course, the Armed Forces Staff College and the DOD Language School courses in Spanish and Greek. He has also earned a Master’s Degree in Business from Webster College. After completing his military service he became Vice President of a nationwide Home Inspection Service and later Vice President of a Wireless Communications Company.

His personal decorations include the Department of Defense Superior Service Award, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Four Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal and Vietnamese Honor Medal.”  Colonel Will G. Merrill Jr. is the author of 9/11 Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes: NYC - The First Battle in the War Against Terror!

The Book of the Year 2011
In 1970, O’Neil De Noux was “drafted into the U.S. Army for service in Vietnam. While awaiting shipment to Southeast Asia, angry at being a second-generation to serve in Vietnam, De Noux was shocked when his shipment was cancelled as the gradual reduction in forces began. From California’s Fort MacArthur, De Noux was stationed at the U.S. Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, AL. His army MOS was Photographer: Combat Still. De Noux took run-of-the-mill army pictures while expressing himself creatively with black-and-white still-life photos, winning several Best Photo Awards.

From 1977 to 1980, O’Neil De Noux was a uniformed patrol officer for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the most rewarding working experience of his life. When promoted to the Homicide Division, De Noux found his calling and finally discovered what he should write about. An exceptional career as a homicide detective followed in which De Noux solved every murder where he was lead investigator (fifteen) and assisted in over fifty other homicide investigations. In 1980 De Noux completed the Homicide Investigation curriculum at The Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville.

Earning seven commendations, O’Neil De Noux was named Homicide Detective of the Year in 1981. Shortly after, he was transferred from Homicide, banished to a quiet police district when a new sheriff was elected. Offered a lucrative position as chief investigator at a private investigative firm, De Noux worked as a P.I. for the next six years.”

After his home was seriously damaged by Hurricane Katrina, O’Neil De Noux re-settled on the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain in 2006 and returned to law enforcement.  He is currently a Detective-Sergeant with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety working with the Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department in Hammond, LA.  O’Neil De Noux is the author of John Raven Beau.

About the Websites is a website that lists servicemembers from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who have authored books.  Currently, the site lists 1301 servicemembers and their more than 4000 books. Servicemembers are listed by name, branch, rank and type of book. is a website that lists state and local law enforcement officials who have written books.  Currently, the website lists 1153 state or local police officers and their more than 2,300 books.  Law enforcement officials are listed by name, department and type of book.  Additionally, the website has separate sections which list federal law enforcement officials, international police officers and civilian police personnel.

American Heroes Press Contact Information
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA

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