I am sorry to hear about your health, but what a blessing to be able to still be in your home. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. The gift of your knowledge re William Via is priceless to us.
I particularly enjoyed the fact that your book was truthful in that there were of course brave men, but also showed the truth of the ever present fear, exhaustion, and the unknown. I cannot even fathom being in a trench, dealing with the elements let alone trying not to get shot at. Also, other than the physical hardships, you had the mental ones. How does one process so much chaos happening? Maybe you don't until its over? Maybe survival is all that matters during the moment and trying to look out for one another the best you can.
I imagine being drafted into a war whether you like it or not is overwhelming.
This book gave so much insight into your frame of mind and solider's alike after the war was over and having to return home and get back to a civilian reality. From what we were told William Via never mentioned the war to anyone in great detail, except his grandson when he got older. I can imagine you try your best to forget about the things you witnessed, but nevertheless are still there.
There is a picture we have of him with another soldier. I will try and get a copy of it this week and upload it to here. Maybe his face will ring a bell and you may know him. They looked to be good friends in the picture and we have always been curious as there is no writing on the back or anything indicating who he is other than a fellow soldier.
I did have another question. Are there still Railsplitter conventions or the like happening presently? I know most everyone had aged quite a bit, but if there were still get together's I think we would be interested and meeting some of you who all served together.
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This board is dedicated to the memory of CAPTAIN LEONARD REED CARPENTER, Company Commander, November 19, 1944 - March 27, 1945.
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