I Had a Comrade and The Oranges are Sweet

by Paul M. Sailer




​​​​Chairman Tom Schellinger, a retired Northwest Orient Airlines captain, said of Sailer’s  book about Minnesota’s highest scoring fighter pilot in World War II, “The Oranges are Sweet is a wonderful reliving of the life of Major Don M. Beerbower. . . . ​It goes far beyond the combat aspect of the war and delves into the human aspect of just what goes into making a true patriot.”

Paul Sailer named 2012 Writer of the Year by the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame

Welcome to the website for author Paul Sailer's books: I Had a Comrade: Stories about the bravery, comradeship, and commitment of individual participants in the Second World War  and The Oranges are Sweet: Major Don M. Beerbower and the  353rd Fighter Squadron - November 1942 to August 1944.


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**World War II ended seventy-five years ago this summer. Let us remember the joint effort of those on the home front and the veterans overseas whose sacrifice protected our freedom.**


Loden Books is excited to announce the publication of a special edition of The Oranges are Sweet.  August 9, 2019, was the 75th anniversary of Major Don Beerbower's tragic loss of life in 1944. Buy a commemorative copy today!


Congratulations to the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, for selling more copies of our books in 2019 than any other museum store. Second place honors go to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. Bookstore honors go to Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, a neat place to visit.


When you order I Had a Comrade and/or The Oranges are Sweet from us the books will come double-wrapped, auto-graphed and mailed at no cost to you. History is not dull when it contains engaging, in-depth, true stories about the fascinating young people of the war years. Certainly there is something we can learn from them. Order your copies now!


Book Quality


We think you will appreciate the quality workmanship and materials that have gone into I Had a Comrade and The Oranges are Sweet.

  • Dust Jacket - Embossed lettering with rich colors and original artwork
  • Hardcover - Gold foil imprint and 100% natural cotton Arrestox B cloth
  • Paper - Coated paper for precise imagery (I Had a Comrade: 400 pages, The Oranges are Sweet: 480 pages)
  • Binding - Smythe sewn for maximum durability
  • Imagery - Over 200 color and b/w photographs, illustrations, and images spaced throughout the books
  • Maps - Eleven full color, detailed maps    


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