PEPPERELL -- Former Nissitissit Middle School science teacher Ron Dube never forgot his love for history.
After a 40-year teaching career in Pepperell, Nashua, and around New Hampshire, Dube began work on a trilogy of books about local veterans. The latest book, "Vietnam: A Collection of War Stories from Nashua Area Veterans," was released in December.
"I can do science, but I love history," he said. "I didn't get the chance to teach it in school, so this book has been my chance."
The book tells the stories of soldiers, airmen, marines, medics, and others who served during the Vietnam War. Some are still alive and live in the area. Others were wounded or killed in action.
Pictures from the book show some men holding guns or sitting planes and tanks. There are candid moments and head shots of those in uniform. Some are recent images of the veterans.
Nissitissit has a copy of the book in its library.
While teaching and working as a correspondent for the Nashua Telegraph, Dube poured through the paper's microfiche archive, yearbook entries, awards, medal citations, and looked through pictures. Back then, the Telegraph's coverage area included Pepperell and Groton.
He didn't want to write about battles and strategy like other history books did. Dube said he wanted to focus on the people who were there and how they were affected by war.
"It's history but with a personal touch," he said.
The book includes more than a dozen stories of veterans from Pepperell, including that of George Chance, who was killed in action, and has a road by the middle school named after him.
Dube, who lives in Mason, N.H., almost served in Vietnam himself.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire and serving in the Peace Corps in Niger, he was drafted for the 197th National Guard unit in Nashua.
During basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey, people noticed he was doing pushups in a weird way.
He started the Vietnam War book in 2013. He's given talks about it and signed copies for people. Many who were interesting in buying the book were people who were in it, he said.
His son, Luke, designed the cover, which shows a helicopter and a purple plume of smoke shaped like Vietnam.
Dube began work on the trilogy in 2004 after he retired from teaching at Nissitissit. The first book on WWII came out in 2011 followed by the second about the Korean war in 2013.
He plans to write a memoir next.