Author recalls his father’s time in Enumclaw and war experience

When Tim Boyle was old enough, his dad finally told him stories from his service in World War II. Boyle, a Beaverton, Ore., resident has put those stories to page with the self-published book “An Ordinary American Boy: A True Story of the Second World War.”

In the 114-page book, Boyle recounts the days leading up to, during and after the war through the eyes of his father John Boyle. Included are his father’s memories of growing up in Enumclaw and graduating from Enumclaw High School in 1942.

The book mentions Enumclaw several times.

Tim Boyle said he always wanted to write a book filled with his dad’s stories. After recently being laid off, “I found the time to write the book he always wanted to write,” he said.

His father died more than 30 years ago, but the stories he shared with his son during the 1960s stuck.

John Boyle grew up on an Enumclaw farm and was drafted into the armed services after the start of World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific. His younger brother also entered the war effort and was killed on his first day of overseas service.

“If his brother had gone to school,” Tim Boyle said, “he would have never gone into the war and died.”

After the war, John Boyle attended college in Pullman, Wash., and then worked for J.C. Penney’s in Spokane, Sandpoint, Idaho, and a number of other places.

The book is available at

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