The terrains change, the
face of the enemy may be different, but so much, ranging from
Pearl Harbor to the beaches and trenches of France to the jungles
of Vietnam to the deserts of the Middle East, has a familiar
ring. There are the physical hardships that can't be mitigated
by advanced technology. There is the noise, the confusion, the
chaos, and the uncertainty of battle, no matter how great the
odds are in your favor. And there is the longing for peace, for
the calm of a day without bullets or bombs.
of 2nd Lt. Albert M. Hassenzahl,
age 21 (1942).
more about Albert M. Hassenzahl
When paratrooper Albert
Hassenzahl landed in France in the early
morning darkness of June 6, 1944, he wasn't alone. But for a
moment, with no one--friend or foe--visible, it did seem that
way. He was wounded a short time later and evacuated, but
to Europe to participate in the Market Garden operation and the
Battle of the Bulge. Hassenzahl recorded his war memories years
later, alone in his study, after a younger neighbor's casual
remark prompted him to realize the historical importance of what
he had experienced.
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