When drafted into the army in 1943, A. Cleveland Harrison was a reluctant 18-year-old Arkansas student sure that he would not make a good soldier. But inside 30 months, he manfully bore arms and more. This audiobook is his memoir about becoming a soldier, a common infantryman among the ranks of those who truly won the war.
Harrison's firsthand account is the full history of what happened to him in three units from 1943 to 1946. He details the induction and basic training procedures, his student experiences in Army pre-engineering school, his infantry training and overseas combat, battle wounds and the complete medical pipeline of hospitalization and recovery, the waits in replacement depots, life in the Army of Occupation, and his discharge.
Harrison's memoir describes training in the Ninety-fourth Infantry Division in the US, their first combat holding action at Lorient, France, and the division's race to join Patton's Third Army, where Harrison's company was decimated and he was wounded while attacking the Siegfried Line. Reassigned to the US Group Control Council, he had a unique opportunity to observe both the highest echelons in military government and the ordinary soldiers as Allied troops occupied Berlin.
The book is published by University Press of Mississippi.
"We all owe A. Cleveland Harrison a profound thank you for writing Unsung Valor. It's a searing saga of one man's indomitable spirit, undaunted courage, and patriotic humility. One doesn't have to be a World War II scholar to enjoy this marvelous memoir." (Douglas Brinkley, Director, Eisenhower Center of American Studies)
"Besides its sociohistorical value, Harrison's memoir tells a thoroughly engrossing story." (Booklist)
"A treasure trove of a soldier's detailed memories of World War II, written by an ex-GI who was there day by day." (Robert Kotlowitz, author of Before Their Time: A Memoir)
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