Posted by Michael Putzel • May 28, 2016
Note: The following guest blog first appeared in the Northern Dutchess News in Dutchess County, New York. Story and photos by jim donick
They called it “The Great War” or, more optimistically, “The War to End All Wars.” It was only after we became embroiled in another one that it simply became known as “World War I.”
In Europe today—especially in the Champagne region and along the slopes of the Chemin des Dames, France, where so much of the butchery took place—they still call it “The Great War.”
Memorial Day had actually begun after the American Civil War, but was pretty much confined to North America. World War I changed it entirely. This was the very first conflict where so many young Americans were called up and sent away to a […] READ MORE
Posted by Michael Putzel • May 09, 2016
ATLANTA, April 29, 2016–Bill Reeder was sitting at the authors’ table signing copies of his new memoir when he overheard someone telling one of the other authors nearby that he had done 6 1/2 years in Vietnam, an implausible length of time for even the most gung-ho American troops. Reeder’s attention perked up when he heard the man say his helicopter had been shot down in 1968 and he’d been held as a prisoner of war until 1973.
Reeder, the author of Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam, wondered who at the huge Army Aviation trade show he was attending would claim to have been a Vietnam POW more than four decades ago. He looked up at the claimant standing a few feet away and almost shouted the word “Jim!” Their eyes locked; […] READ MORE