by Ferol Sams
My father was one of those WWII vets that rarely spoke of his war-time experience. He found this book, read it several times, and insisted that I read it. I loved the characters and their humorous adventures, touching personal trials, and their learning experiences throughout. After reading it several times, and enjoying many discussions with my father about the book, it finally dawned upon me that this was his way of telling me about the war.
Reading the book and sharing discussions with him about it helped me come to know a man I thought I already knew -- my father.
For his ninetieth birthday, I was able to get in touch with the author and arrange a telephone conversation between the two of them. Dr. Sams was a gracious man, called my father and said, "Mr. Etier, this call is your birthday present from your son." They then enjoyed a lengthy conversation about the book and their years in the war. I was thrilled! It taught me that is really IS better to give than to receive.
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