Front Cover

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Contents

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p. vii

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Prologue

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pp. xi-xx

It is widely acknowledged that the infantry battles in northwestern Europe during World War II were fought by very young men. As Paul Fussell notes in The Boys’ Crusade, “The European ground war in the west was largely fought by American boys seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen years old. At seventeen you could...

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Chapter One: Bud Joins the Army

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pp. 1-26

Throughout his life, my father disliked his name. In his laterlife writings about the “good things” and “bad things” that happened during childhood, he notes that the first good thing was being born, and the first bad one was being named. Though...

Photo Gallery [Image Plates]

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Chapter Two: Bud Goes to War

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pp. 27-52

As I went through the box of my father’s letters, I came across two tissue- thin pieces of onionskin paper—a typed document and its carbon copy. The document is a list of dates and locations beginning with “6 Nov 1944—Entrained Camp Van Dorn Mississippi” and ending with “26 May 1945—Arrived Altenmunster...

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Chapter Three: Family and Fatherhood

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pp. 53-70

The transformation to adult life happens across a variety of contexts—in work, with friends, in romance, at school, in public life. But because the family is one of the most formative and central institutions in society, the transition to adulthood...

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Chapter Four: Buddies and Girlfriends

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pp. 71-88

The 1943 Rosemary, Urbana High School’s yearbook for my father’s senior year, paints an idyllic picture of high school life in the 1940s. There are pages devoted to sports teams, student council, and cheer squads, photos of homeroom classes and honor societies, and a large spread devoted to theater productions of...

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Chapter Five: Work and Bureaucracy

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pp. 89-106

Children and adolescents today learn about work in many different places and ways: at home, at school, from part- time employment, and from television, movies, and the internet.1But my father, growing up during the Great Depression, did not have this ubiquity of avenues for learning about work and the workplace...

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Chapter Six: Public and Private Morality

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pp. 107-124

The concept of morality is complex. Morality can be understood descriptively, as a code of behavior accepted by any specific individual or group. In this sense, the Nazi Party and its followers had a particular morality during World War II. Or morality can be understood normatively, as a universal code theoretically...

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Epilogue: A Reluctant Member of the Greatest

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pp. 125-132

According to Publisher’s Weekly, Tom Brokaw’s book The Greatest Generation was the number two nonfiction bestseller in 1998 (bested only by Suze Orman’s The Nine Steps to Financial Freedom).1 In 1999, The Greatest Generation again made the number...

Notes

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pp. 133-144

Bibliography

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pp. 145-150

Index

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pp. 151-156

Back Cover

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