An Honor to Serve

An Honor to Serve

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This book recounts the World War II experiences of forty-five extraordinary people, including Jesse Lesico of Koloa, Hawaii, a veteran of the battles in New Guinea and the Philippines; Gotfried Pletzer, a German-American from New Jersey, who fought against the German Army in France and deep into Germany; Thomas Katana of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, severely wounded in the heavy fighting near Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge; Eric Leiseroff, a Jew born in Dresden, Germany, who participated in the Nazi death camp at Ohrdruf, only fifty miles from the German town in which his family lived; Jonathan Lukowsky of Ford City, Pennsylvania, a sailor aboard the USS Santee, when that ship took a direct hit from a Japanese Kamikaze during the battle of Leyte Gulf; James Jochen, of College Station, Texas, who fought into the heart of the Third Reich with the 89th Division; Earl Woodard of Naylor, Missouri, a B-17 navigator who eluded capture with the help of French resistance fighters after his plane was downed over France; Percy Hiatt, of Emporia, Kansas, who fought in the jungles of New Guinea; Marjorie Butterfield, United States Army Nurse Corps, who witnessed the brutality of the War while serving as a nurse in Patton's Third Army. Presented are eye-witness accounts to uncommon bravery, boredom, bloodshed, brutality, gruesome humor, and an almost nonchalant attitude toward atrocities committed in the heat of battle during that terrible conflict. Fear is also a common element in these experiences lived so many decades ago.I backed down, put two men on front of the Jeep and then put it in low range and low gear and went up the hill. ... The boilers leaked fresh water into the hull. ... Finally, they signaled an empty Liberty ship that was going back to the States.

Title:An Honor to Serve
Publisher:SVC Northern Appalachian Studies - 2007

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