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Military Writers Society of America Silver Medal 2012 for Creative Nonfiction

About the Author

Carol Schultz Vento is a former Political Science professor and attorney. She is a graduate of Temple University and Rutgers University School of Law. She is the daughter of 82nd Airborne World War II veteran Arthur 'Dutch' Schultz, an 82nd Airborne paratrooper who was portrayed in the D-Day war movie, The Longest Day. Carol is a native of Philadelphia and lives in Palmyra, New Jersey.

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  • File Size: 1885 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1934597813
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (January 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XY1LY6
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Carol Schultz Vento is a former Political Science professor and attorney. She received her undergraduate degree and her doctorate from Temple University and her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. She is the daughter of World War II veteran Arthur 'Dutch' Schultz, the 82nd Airborne paratrooper who was portrayed in the D-Day movie The Longest Day and whose war experiences have been written about in books about the European Theater in World War II. Carol is a native of Philadelphia and lives in Palmyra, New Jersey with her husband Frank. They have an adult daughter.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Faulkner on January 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
In Chapter Ten of Carol Schultz Vento's book, "The Hidden Legacy of World War II: A Daughter's Journey of Discovery," there's a poem by Carbon Leaf and a quote from C.S. Lewis -- both exploring a sobering thought, "I thought I was the only one."

Carol Vento is the daughter of Arthur "Dutch" Schultz, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne who saw the worst of the fighting in Europe and who became known to the world through the work of historians Conelius Ryan and Stephen Ambrose. Like many of us born to combat veterans in the late 1940s, Carol knew that Tom Brokaw's idealistic description of the "Greatest Generation" wasn't true for many of the war-weary soldiers who came home in 1945. She knew it because she saw how her much-adored father suffered - and how his traumas impacted her life and that of her mother and sister.

The lively teenaged boy who Carol's mother Mitzi knew before he went to war in 1942 did not return. The Dutch Schultz who she married in December of 1945 was anxious, eager to start a family of his own -- and a fledgling alcoholic. His nightmares crowded out the joy of their honeymoon and confused his young bride. She left him only to discover a few weeks later that she was pregnant, prompting her return to the marriage. They tried so hard to be happy -- but like many other young families in those days, life was complicated.

Carol describes her father's struggle to find work -- afterall, what had he done during the war that translated to business in Philadelphia? To support them, Dutch went back into the Army -- but Mitzi, the daughter of Italian imigrants who valued family togetherness, didn't want the nomadic life of a military wife. She returned to Pennsylvania -- and eventually, Dutch did too.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Gary Cummings on December 29, 2011
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It was sometime around 3 am during the reading of this book that it hit me. I was looking at history with a pulse. History, when I was as a young student, was my least favorite subject. I didn't understand the power behind history and its relevance to learning and the future. As I read the book, I was witnessing the streaming feed of a lifeblood of memory chemistry into waiting synapses of dendrites that had been empty of any real understanding of the latent horrors of World War II.

Carol Schultz Vento had revived the spirit of her father, back from the ashes of the urn even buried beneath tons of earth at Arlington Cemetery in way that only a daughter could.

Carol captures, prioritizes and replays the life of Dutch to add some direction to an otherwise wandering lifespan of mutlimarriages, booze binges and military glorification and heroism. Who could have the courage to tell the story of a 6-foot bad-ass paratrooper through the eyes of a tiny brown-eyed Italian-American girl?

I had learned of the book before it was available on, and when I was told that Carol's father was a significant character in the film, I watched "The Longest Day" in full or in part about four times, taking a special look back at the Arthur Schultz character in the early dice-rolling scene and the later scene with Richard Burton's character as they scoff at the German soldier who was shot dead wearing his boots on the wrong feet.

I had always agreed this movie was one of the best World War II movies. It wasn't until AFTER I read Carol's book that I realized the stunning value of "The Hidden Legacy of World War II." Before the book arrived from, I felt I knew where the book was going to take me.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Louise Doucette-Johnson on December 21, 2011
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This is truly an in depth, brutally honest and extremely well written book of how the scars of war can can destroy not only the veteran but the entire family as well. PTSD was an unfamiliar term back in the 1940's -- "shell shock" is what it was referred to. None the less the destruction was the same as it is today with returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. As a young child growing up, the trauma that Carol and her family endured was incredibly sad and moving. The "Greatest Generation" went away as normal young men and women but returned quite differently as they tried to fit back into a normal society. Some were successful but many were not. Nightmares of war were forever embedded in their minds. Any loud noise could bring them back to Normandy, The Battle of the Bulge or a POW concentration camp. Dutch Schultz turned to alcohol to try and deal with his demons. As one mission had been completed, they were sent on to another one. Today they are referred to as multiple deployments. One statement that Mrs. Vento writes in her book really hit home with me when she referenced the 'black and white' movie "The Longest Day". How bad could dad's war have been? -- it WAS in black and white! No blood, no body parts all over a beach, no starving bodies in POW camps, no color at all until "Saving Private Ryan", was released. Reality really hits you with a punch in that one. It did for me when my own dad made a statement that it was about as real as it ever could have been.

The other side of the "Greatest Generation" returning home has yet to be written. Carol Schultz Vento's very personal account of the toll war takes on the veteran is very clear that it is the entire family that suffers. Her courage to recount her loss and tragedy brought me to tears many times while reading it.
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