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Unfinished Journey: A World War II Remembrance Hardcover – January 1, 2006

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Morris Redmann was an exceptional young man. He graduated from college at the age of eighteen and had begun law school when his country called him to war. The year was 1943. Morris did not hesitate. From his first day of training at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, to the frontlines in France, he sent letters home without fail. These letters, from a young infantryman in the 94th division, are a daily account of the rigors of training and of life in battle during Europe's harshest winter in fifty years. Morris was a prolific and brilliant letter-writer. His intelligence and integrity shine on every page. Through these letters, Morris lives on as a beacon of faith and courage.
Morris's young life was filled with promise, but this promise was not to be fulfilled. His last letter to his parents was written in January 1945. During the Battle of the Bulge, a German artillery shell struck and killed him instantly. He was nineteen years old.
Morris had grown up in a large, devoted family in New Orleans. He was the beloved oldest child of ten. His letters were meticulously kept in shoeboxes and stowed away in the attic. Upon his parents' deaths, Kerry Redmann, one of Morris's younger brothers, became the keeper of these letters.
Kerry, with the encouragement of esteemed historian Stephen Ambrose, compiled Morris's letters into a volume that is both a testimony to one man's trials of war and a memorial for all the brave soldiers who have lost their lives for their country.
Morris Redmann is buried in the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery at Hamm, Luxembourg. However, his life will not be lost to the annals of time. His letters survived when the soldier did not. His Unfinished Journey will now be traveled by all readers of this fascinating historical record and will continue to enlighten for generations to come.

About the Author

Kerry Redmann is one of Morris B. Redmann Jr.'s eight younger brothers. The book's original purpose was for the enlightenment of two of Morris's youngest brothers, who--at ages three and four years, respectively--did not understand the significance of his absence from home. The author was fourteen years old when Morris left for the military; he now lives in Covington, Louisiana.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592287611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592287611
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ronald Drez on July 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Anyone enjoying reading memoirs of veterans from WWII will find this work compelling. The only difference is this is a memoir from the grave - the thoughts, actions, hopes and dreams of a very young man who died at nineteen in the frozen Ardennes in 1945. He was in law school at eighteen. I had the pleasure to write the forward for this work, and Morris Redmann was indeed special: faithful, humorous, poetic, and patriotic; a man we would all have loved to have known. He left us his letters to do just that.

Ronald J. Drez
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This book is a labor of love. A younger child's devotion to an older sibling. Morris B. Redmann, Jr. was the eldest of 10 children. He once said that it is a "Noble Obligation to serve one's country..." This book is a compilation of his letters home (V-mail) that were steadfastly kept by his Father and preserved for all time by my Father the author. It was the infamous shoebox full of letters that Uncle Morris wrote home that my Dad kept in the attic and always said he would write a book about them one day. Well, he did! And what we have is a heart-warming glimpse into a young American Boy's life. One that he sacrificed gladly for his country and for the Liberty that we all enjoy. Although he is laid to rest in the Luxembourg American Military Cemetary, his spirit lives on in his siblings and now for posterity, in the words and writing of his little brother, Kerry P. Redmann! Consummatum est!
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I throughly enjoyed this book. I gave copies to several friends who also enjoyed it. Through his letters home, it is obvious that Morris Redmann was an exceptional young man. I felt that I got to know him through these letters. Beautifully put together.
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This is a simply stunning book of war letters to a large and caring family from an extraordinary young man. While certainly a fine example of WWII war letters by a very literate and bright young man, even more engrossing is young Morris' growing maturity that is clearly evident as the letters continue throughout his war. The reader actually feels and follows Morris' process as the letters become more more focused on his growing awareness of himself and the world in which he finds himself. The untimely death of this young soldier cut short what would surely have been an extraordinaty life.

This book, edited by Morris' younger brother, is simply excellent and amazingly touching. It provides a lasting tribute to Morris Redmann and his entire family.
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