I really enjoyed your writing style and the book was very intriguing. I feel now I have a better understanding of what you all went through before, during, and after the war. I can't tell you how much my appreciation has grown for the sacrifice made whether they truly wanted to or not. Your description and detail made me feel like I was there. And I don't know if this will come of as corny or something you say just to say, but I truly mean it when I say thank you for your service and thank you for telling the story of Company K. I cannot express the gratitude my husband and I have for you writing this book and finding that his great-grandfather (whom he was close to) is included in this book. I am sure many others feel this way. It is a good feeling that through your words the memory of the men of Company K, 335th Infantry, 84th Division will not soon be forgotten.
Regarding William Via, I certainly do understand more of his personality and have an understanding regarding the circumstances around the time he lost his stripes. But, I do still have questions maybe you can offer your opinion or clarify my understanding? I know he didn't seem to want to go into detail on why he was "away like that," but in your opinion do you believe it was out of cowardliness or he somehow got separated and was simply trying to stay alive until he could get back?
Regarding his personality, do you think he was the type of person that once you got to know him he was more personable or friendly? Not as distant that is.
Another question I have is of the circumstances regarding him earning his stripes back. I know he says he went to the first platoon with Prewitt and got them back, but do you know how? Would one earn them back through good conduct or showing ambition?
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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)