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About the Author
Herb Sheaner was a regional supervisor with Dunlop Tire and Rubber Corporation before establishing the Sheaner Insurance Agency in 1952. Herb also coached high school track & field twenty-one years with his teams winning seven State Meet Championships. He has been married to Gloria fifty-three years and they have three children. During the war he was a private first class in Company G, 422nd Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division. After receiving ASTP training at University of Alabama he joined the 106th at Camp Atterbury in Indiana where he earned "Expert" rifleman honors and was designated Co. G Sniper and Regimental Scout. Having missed transfer as a replacement into other divisions he and the rest of the 106th found themselves placed on the front lines inside Germany on the eve of the Battle of the Bulge. 50 years later he recalls his experience.
This book made me better understand the outlook that these very young soldiers had in WWII. When old men, now in their late 80s and 90s tell of the war it is hard to picture them as no more than high school kids but Herb makes it real. My 90 year old father who went cold and hungry for several weeks can now see how lucky he was that it wasn't for so long as Herb and his fellow prisoners.
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