Local author publishes biography on local hero

“Colonel” is US Army Colonel William Arthur Connelly’s life story. It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, filled with childhood and personal memories, difficulties with dyslexia, WWII, and US Army experiences.

Penned by new author, Patricia McGoldrick, she is a resident and local realtor of Celebration since 2004. She retired four years ago and is enjoying writing; “Colonel” is her first published biography. “Writing Col. Connelly’s story taught me about a different world, an unfamiliar one, and I am grateful I had the opportunity to learn and write about his life, expressed McGoldrick”

This is US Army Colonel William Arthur Connelly’s life story of living through the Great Depression and beyond. His loving Mother passed away when he was six years old, then his childhood became a string of one sadness after another. He was abandoned shortly after his Mother died, and he was later raised on a farm overseen by the Society to Prevent Cruelty to Children. As a young adult he was drafted into the US Army, he stormed Omaha Beach on D-DAY, and served as both an enlisted man and then as an Officer. He was a member of Counterintelligence and earned his way through the ranks to become a US Army Colonel. His life has been and is a continual battle to conquer his dyslexia. A true American, Colonel Connelly is always making the best of his life. He has overcome obstacles and struggles which have resulted in his many achievements and profound accomplishments.

Col. Connelly is 96 years old and has breakfast every morning with two other WWII veterans in Celebration. He is one of the last survivors of D-Day. His memory of June 6, 1944 is that “D-Day was a horrific day of bloodshed and deafening screams. Though the pain of my war years has lessened, my memories of climbing the cliffs, of all the men we couldn’t save and all the men we lost stay with me today.”

A soldier for 27 years, he made a career in the military. Most of his Army life was spent working with CIC, Counterintelligence. After being promoted through the Army ranks, he retired as a US Army Colonel, one of the highest and most respected offices in our country. Originally, from Pennsylvania, he now lives in Celebration, Florida.

“Colonel” has been published on Kindle and is also available on iPad, etc. The link to view or purchase “Colonel” can be found at www.amazon.com/Colonel-Patricia-McGoldrick-ebook/dp/B09FNX3ZND/ref=sr_1_10?

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