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 by sharing four inspiring veteran’s stories.
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 every day. While everyone has stories to share, let’s take a look at four stories from Lulu authors about their experiences as soldiers.
The Life History of John Chapman: A Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Story
I tend to categorize the many Pearl Harbor Survivors, the sailors on the ships, the seaplane support sailors, the officers at their base, the child survivors, but John is part of a special category of survivors, he was in the water, in the oil. John was extremely fit and was working part-time as a lifeguard while he was stationed at Pearl Harbor with the USS West Virginia (BB-48). 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.
From Maine to France and Somehow Back Again
John M. Longley was a farm boy from rural Maine who went to France as a teenager to fight in The Great War. Somehow, he survived that hell and returned to Maine, but it was only after his wife died that he opened up at some length to his grandson, Mark D. LeBlanc, about his time in the war. This well-researched book highlights the two years that Longley spent with the 103rd Infantry of the 26th “Yankee” Division.
Called To Serve
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.
Vietnam: Stories from a War
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, likable, 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 Content Marketing Manager at Lulu. When he's not entrenched in the publishing and print-on-demand world, he likes to hike the scenic North Carolina landscape, read, sample the fanciest micro-brewed beer, and collect fountain pens. Paul is a dog person but considers himself cat tolerant.