Challenges of War

World War II 1939-1945 The ongoing conflict and numerous losses made transporting bodies from abroad to the United States impractical. Bodies of 8,300 American soldiers were laid to rest in Holland until the conclusion of World War II at which time, the families of those deceased could choose a final resting place. Letter from the Quartermaster … Continue reading

Dutch Gratitude

1946: So grateful were Dutch residents that the Americans liberated their country from the Nazis, that families took it upon themselves to adopt and care for the graves of American soldiers. This tradition of gratitude continues today, carried on through generations of Dutch families. *** Letter from the Zanden family (Holland) wishing to contact our family … Continue reading

Some Gave All

This Memorial Day weekend, while the next several posts pay homage to all those military men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for American freedom, these specific memorabilia memorialize my grandfather. Sgt. Joseph J. Swartz June 7, 1907 – November 27, 1944   They also serve as pieces of American history. Consider that it took only six … Continue reading

A Mazing End

A Mazing End

PART IV the final chapter Continued from Maze Escape Like a swimmer breaching the water’s surface after copious time spent searching for treasure, a spontaneous gasp forces her lungs to expand. Eyes closed, fingers extended she reaches to feel any recognizable object. She lies comfortably, a firm cottony pillow supports the weight of her head. She’s aware of … Continue reading