I called him a few days ago to wish him well, and I mentioned I would extend a "Hello" from him to this board.
He is currently using assisted living and seems to be doing well, though he did mention he felt "age was catching up with him"!
Al, who had transferred from the 4th Div., was a drill sergeant, or had some similar capacity when he came to the 84th Division in I think about 1942. I asked him a question that many today wonder, and that is if the Depression years toughened up the men and women of WWII, the "Greatest Generation". So that generation was more amenable to preparing for the enormous challenge ahead of them.
Al stated that a couple of factors were at play. One is, in his words, the 'Depression kids' were already deprived; they lacked the luxuries so many take for granted today. And this aided to some degree of toughness.
The other was that those from Depression were yearning for opportunity, the chance to accomplish something, and to prove themselves, which translated to patriotism.
Allan, what are your thoughts on this? (though I imagine you probably explain this within your several books!)
This board is dedicated to the memory of CAPTAIN LEONARD REED CARPENTER, Company Commander, November 19, 1944 - March 27, 1945.
BOARD HOST: Allan W. Howerton (E-mail: Allanhowerton@aol.com)