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November 11, 2022


Lovely post, Stacey, and a fitting way to honor your father and the others who served in WWII. He'd be very proud!

My father fought in WWII but he didn't talk about it at all. He's still alive but when I ask he always says, "Why do you want to know about that? Forget it." Thanks for the book reference, I'm going to read it.

What a wonderful and meaningful collage.

Thanks for the very moving post, Stacey. It's interesting how stories overlap. My dad was a medic who fought across France and Germany. He was replaced once and soon after the Nazis captured his replacement. All those ordinary soldiers who acted so extaordinarily.


Thanks for these comments. Your father's story is incredible Larry. How does one even make sense of it? They were extraordinary.

This is a marvelous post. I have always loved that stellar collage.

Lovely post, and what a gorgeous collage. Your dad would be proud.

This is so moving, Stacey! A beautiful post. And wow--Star made a wonderful collage.

Stacey, this is a wonderful post, both to see and to read. Sad in so many ways, but inspiring! Thank you.

The "greatest generation" of people who served in World War II, like the survivors of bombings, starvation, illness and the concentration camps, did not want to relive their pain. They did not want to tell their families, either, so as not to lay their own suffering on others who loved them. My college classmate Walter Ford Carter (Swarthmore '62) has published a moving, thoughtful book about his own father, a doctor who enlisted even though he would not have been drafted--he was married and had two very young sons. Sent to England as a medic, he served in the 29th Division during the Normandy invasion. Capt. Norval Carter, M.D. was killed on Omaha Beach by a German sniper 10 days later while trying to save a wounded soldier. His widow never spoke about him to her sons, who didn't know the story until Walter found his letters to her from the front, in a trunk in her attic after her death. You may want to read his beautiful, eloquent book about them, "No Greater Sacrifice, No Greater Love: A Son's Journey to Normandy" (Smithsonian 2004).

This is a very moving and beautiful post and collage, dear Stacey. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. My late father served in Europe in WW II and never spoke about it. He went to one reunion many years later with his surviving buddies, but that was it. My late uncle was a POW in WW II. He would not talk about it either. My late brother served in Vietnam and everyone knew better than to ask him about 'Nam.

If you're a gentleman, you're looking for a lady. -- Jane Austen

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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