Yesterday, November 11, marks Veteran’s Day here in the USA and Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in Europe. This solemn holiday commemorates the end of the first World War in 1918, and this year marks the first centennial of this monumental event. Each year, this day marks a moment for everyone to step back and honor the soldiers who fight for all of us.
Today, we’d like to take a moment to say thank you to all of our veterans and to all the active duty soldiers around the world.
Being a soldier is one of the most difficult, dangerous, and life-changing roles anyone can take on. Over the years, numerous survivors have returned from hard-won battles to share with us their memoirs and experiences.
Through their stories and shared experiences, the rest of us can begin to understand and appreciate the sacrifices these courageous men and women make everyday. While everyone has stories to share, let’s take a look at four stories from Lulu authors about their experiences as soldiers.
By John Chapman
John Chapman was up to his neck in water deep inside the West Virginia, he had a moment where he heard an Angel tell him to take charge. He saved many sailors at Pearl Harbor, more than thirty men just from the West Virginia, he picked up more from the water after he commandeered a boat, saving maybe more than forty lives total during WWII. John was a rescue diver during the war, receiving a 5-gallon can of ice cream for each pilot safely returned to the carrier!
By Mark D. LeBlanc & John M. LeBlanc
This well-researched book highlights the two years that Longley spent with the 103rd Infantry of the 26th “Yankee” Division. The book includes war documents and maps from the National Archives, local newspaper accounts, links to audio clips of Longley talking about the war, and photographs and tips of locations to visit in France. With a focus on the common soldier, From Maine to France and Somehow Back Again is a lively, evocative account of one man’s fight to survive and his unlikely return home.
By Mark E. Krob
The true chronicle of the Krob family in WWII, made extraordinary by the fact that five men from one family not only served their country in the military, but most notably came home alive. Norbert Krob served as commander of A Company, 778th Tank Battalion. Robert Krob was an officer of B Company, 359th Regiment, 90th Infantry Division. Vic Krob served with B Company, 3rd Chemical Mortar Battalion. John Phillips fought with C Company, 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division. Lester Buresh flew with the 420th Bombardment Squadron, 382nd Bombardment Group. This is their Story.
By Chuck Smith
I have met, spoken to, and shared stories with Vietnam veterans. Most were combat troopers and warriors. Some combat veterans are now authors and have written books about their war. They lived it and survived it. Theirs are war stories. Mine are stories set in that place during that time. In these stories, you will meet soldiers, deserters, truckers, dopers, drinkers, veterans, and Teamsters. You’ll find them to be philosophical, erudite, crude, likeable, and possibly despicable. They are all these things and more. Few are identified by their real names and many are a composite of more than one person. The stories are my fiction, the characters are not.
Thank you to these writers who took the time to share their stories or to learn the stories of others and share them.
Paul is the Senior Copywriter at Lulu, responsible for all the words you see on our site (misspellings included). He also manages the community site – http://connect.lulu.com/en/ – and in his free time, he’s an avid reader and short story writer.