I recently stumbled across a wonderful illustrated book from WWII veteran, Joseph Farris.
As a young soldier fighting in France and Germany, Joseph mailed home hundreds of letters and sketches. They were collected over 50 years ago and published into a 2011 memoir called, A Soldier's Sketchbook: From the Front Lines of WWII.
“Through Farris’ letters, sketches, photographs and memorabilia....he describes life on the troop ship heading to the front, the experience of spending Christmas Eve in a snowy foxhole, the shock of losing close friends, his exhilaration when Germany surrendered and how wonderful a hot shower felt after months on the front line."
I wish I could articulate the depth of my gratitude toward all of our service-people such as him.
You can find out more about Joseph Farris and his book here.
Happy Independence Day