The Hero Next Door, written by Kristin Gilpatrick, tells the intimate stories of 14 Wisconsinites who answered their country's call to duty from 1941-45. Some 300,000 men and women served this country in World War II. In the Hero Next Door you will learn about 14 of those who played a small part in a massive war. They are among those who suffered the horror, the hurt and homesickness of battle, returning humbly home to quietly serve their families, communities and country well. They are our "heroes next door."