This compelling story is derived from a war journal kept by Donald Byers during his service with the United States’ 5th Army in World War II. He documents his light-hearted induction into the Army, the rigors of basic training, and his stark introduction to the reality of war in Italy. As the war progresses, his outlook on the mission and life begin to change as he endures grim scenes and living conditions that no one should ever experience.
Edited by his grandson, James Byers, the book includes maps and photos as well as letters from home and sent home as the war dragged on. The latter part of the book outlines Donald’s readjustment to civilian life and how he tried to make the promises he pledged to himself while in Italy come true when he returned home.
My American Odyssey – $8.00 USD