While writing this book, the Editor referred to the following books, publications, and websites to confirm information.
Books and Publications:
* 5th Army Group, Road to Rome. Italy. 1945.
* 3196th Signal Service Company, A History of the 3196th Signal Service Company. Leghorn. August 1945.
* Schultz, Paul, L. The 85th Infantry Division in World War II. Infantry Journal Press. Washington. 1949.
* Starr, Chester G. Fifth Army History. L’Impronta Press. Florence, Italy. 1945.
* Paul, John R. History of Poliomyelitis. Connecticut Printers, Inc. Hartford, Conn. 1971.
* Dougherty, Robert A. and Gruber, Ira D., World War II: Total Warfare Around the Globe. D.C. Heath and Co., Lexington, Mass. 1996.
* 85th Infantry Division, Minturno to Appennines. 85th Infantry Division. 1945.
* Rome-Arno. U.S. Government Press Office, Washington D.C. 1994.
* Anzio. U.S. Government Press Office, Washington D.C. 1994.
* The Stars and Stripes, Mediterranean. Volume 1, Number 154, May 19, 1944.
* The Stars and Stripes, Mediterranean. Volume 1, Number 229, April 13, 1945.
* Custer Combateer, Volume 1, Number 3, May 19, 1945.
* Wolverine Weekly, Volume 1, Number 7, June 30, 1945.
* The Wilkes-Barre Record, (The Times Leader), Nov. 24, 1958.
* The Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 24, 1958.
* A variation of My American Odyssey previously appeared in manifest magazine, August 2005, Byers Publishing, Inc.
* A variation of My American Odyssey previously appeared in the Regional Independent Gazette, April 2017.
* 337th Regimental Monthly Report, January 1944 – August 1945.
* 85th Division Monthly Report, May 1945 – August 1945.
It is unknown what other short stories, notes, or letters existed about Don Byers’ military and personal life. Many of his photographs and keepsakes were destroyed when a flood caused by Tropical Storm Agnes washed out his widow’s home in Wilkes-Barre, in 1972. A year later, a fire destroyed thousands of military records kept at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. Those events caused the Editor to conduct more research than is usually necessary for people to obtain information about veterans’ military service.
The following people provided or helped the Editor collect information that aided the research, writing, and printing of this book:
* Bill & Marjorie Mitchell, 337th Infantry Regiment Reunion Organization
* Donald Lowe, 337th Infantry
* Hubert Speck, 337th Infantry
* Don Jones, 337thinfantry.net
* National Archives at College Park, Md.
* Pennsylvania Department of Health
* Department of Veterans Affairs
* Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
* Social Security Administration
* Free Library of Philadelphia
* Philadelphia’s Vital Records Department
* Janet (Lewis) Miller
* Ruth Byers
* Janet Ruth Byers
* Adela Byers
* Cassandra Adela Hivish
* David Evans, OPM, Dallas, PA
* Andrew Petonak, Luzerne Co. Community College, Nanticoke, PA
* Dr. Walter Brasch, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pa.
* Former Congressman Paul Kanjorski (PA-11)