About the Author
Ulrich began his WWII Army Air Corps service right after his college (math major) graduation, first as a cadet and then later as a radar officer (with training at Yale, Harvard, and M.I.T.). He served in a combat unit in France from early 1945 as the ware there drew to a close, and spent a year in occupied Germany, although there were occasions when he was in Belgium, Austria, Italy and Czechoslovakia, until his discharge in the late summer of 1946. After the war he returned to college (under the GI Bill of Rights), but switched to music study, eventually earning the M.Mus. and Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music. He was a professor of music in Oklahoma for 38 years (1949 - 1987). After retirement he returned to the small town in extreme southern Illinois where he was born, and began setting down his wartime recollections.