"The book is well thought-out and well researched. . . a well-documented war story that needed to be told. . . The writing is straightforward, accessible, and especially charming as the author brings in her own stories, her own point of view." -- Commentary from Writer's Digest
"Articulate when it comes to sharing her father's life . . .gives insight into people who lived during and after WWII. . .also discusses her father's personal life in this well-written biography, showing readers that, apart from being an amazing man, he was also a good husband and father."-- Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
"The reader is given what I feel is an intimate look into the life of a man who gave his entire life to serving his country. . . The book is written well with a good eye to detail and flow. It is also edited well, making it an enjoyable read. I would recommend any military or patriotic historian give this one a try."-- Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
"Informative. . . Her father's work in Paris reminded me of a marker: 'He left his home in perfect health, he looked so young and brave. We little thought how soon he'd be laid in a soldier's grave.' He might have been one of the boys Jean's dad sent back." -- Forest Funk, WWII Veteran
From the Author
I felt then, and still do, that people should know the history behind that resting place and about the diligent work performed by the U.S. Army in caring for the more than 150,000 deceased heroes of the European Theater. I did considerable research before writing the chapters in my book that pertain to the work.
When Dad was ordered to head the AGRC in 1947, the fallen Americans of the European Theater were resting in 37 temporary cemeteries scattered throughout Europe. Under his command, they were either returned home for reburial or reinterred in one of the ten permanent American cemeteries in Europe, depending on the wishes of the next of kin. The AGRC did the grading, constructing, and reinterring at the permanent resting places, including the formerly temporary one overlooking Omaha Beach. The civilian agency that took over the cemeteries in 1951 replaced the Army's simple wooden crosses and stars with those of marble and added structures, such as beautiful statues.