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Unfinished Journey: A World War II Remembrance Hardcover – January 1, 2006
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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.
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for what we have today. Morris Redman, like my own dad, was pulled from
graduate school to serve as infantry privates with the 94th division in General
Patton's 3rd Army. The 94th functioned mostly without tank or air support,
attacking heavily defended positions across rivers, steep bluffs, hedgerows,
underground fortifications, and lots of barbwire. My dad came home, Morris Redman
did not. But every soldier who endured what these men did lost a huge part of their life.
Every day is a memory of their buddies lost, including Morris Redman, mostly citizen
soldiers serving with gallantry and honor. What Redman and his colleagues gave up for
this nation is more than even this book can say, but my dad, having been in the same
graduate program and ending up as a private in the same division, can testify to the
accuracy of Redman's notes and experience. Redman' writings brought back a lot of
memories for him. Most of the combat was October 1944 through April 1945.
Their rifle companies had huge turnover each month between dead, injured, combat
fatigue, and non-enemy injuries. Zero degree in freezing trenches didn't help.
Redman's writing is a window on a time that he and others knew were setting a course
for our future. He, like his infantry buddies, faced not only the risk of physical death
but death of their former dreams as well. Morris Redman has left us with a lot to think
about. The life of a foot soldier, seen through his words, should spur us to not forget
what was done for us by these men. Rather than put future generations in debt. should
not we, as they did, put future generations on our back and protect the nation from
enemies internal and external.
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.
I found it absolutely fascinating to follow this young man's journey through the war and I only wish that he had lived to enjoy what surely would have been a bright and full life.
If you're a fan of War literature at all, then this is a must for you.
Ronald J. Drez