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memories of something special about my own father. Though my father never discussed it with me, my mother told me many times how distraught he had been to be classified 4 F and unable to serve his country in WWII because of severe childhood asthma and lung problems.

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Eugene Sledge as a professor and adviser during my college days at the University of Montevallo. I knew him as a smart, dedicated professor and classified him a gentle man. Some years Selling Converse Latest Shoes

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Now that Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have used the Old Breed for the new series, I have loved learning even more about Dr. Sledge.

When his book ( the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa was published in the early 1980s, unfortunately I had only a peripheral interest. War stories weren my cup of tea.

Little did I realize the great sacrifices made by what has come to be known as Greatest Generation. As Dr. Sledge acknowledges in his book, he lived his adult life haunted by his combat experiences. Even in a 1991 interview captured on video, his deep feelings for lost comrades are more Converse Original High Tops

Perhaps it is because I matured in interests as well as years that when Ken Burns documentary, War, was shown on PBS, I was suddenly mesmerized by the role Mobile and her World War II veterans played in this war.

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He felt his contemporaries looked down on him for not enlisting. His job in wartime ship building could have given him a deferment. That was not what he wanted.

after graduation, my path again crossed his when I served on the Montevallo Alumni Board.

It only now I understand and appreciate where that emotion was born. For me, these two men Eugene Sledge and Charles H. Shelton Jr. shared haunting effects of the war that was supposed to end all wars. Both men and many others were heroes of Greatest Generation.

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So my father settled with doing his part as a civilian. He lived with guilt and his own nightmares. Strange that both he and Eugene Sledge were haunted by the same war one by the experiences of serving and the other by not being able to serve.

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I was lucky enough to hear in person both Katherine Phillips Singer and her brother, Dr. Sidney Phillips, speak about the documentary. They told great stories about Eugene Sledge, and I began to realize what an honor it was to have known him.

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Although I was first in my family to graduate from college, my father did not become emotional as I walked across the stage to receive my degree. Rather, his emotions rose to the surface when boys from my class in ROTC were sworn into the military.

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