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Honoring the Doughboys: Following My Grandfather's World War I Diary

by Jeffrey A. Lowdermilk

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Jeff Lowdermilk's passion for World War I and of military history began as a lad when he listened to his grandfather, George A. Carlson, tell his life's stories about serving as a 'doughboy' in Europe during the Great War. When his grandfather passed away in 1982, his mother gave to Jeff her father's amazing diary, which included not only lengthy descriptions of the landscapes, towns, and battles he experienced, but also heartfelt observations and insights about what life as a soldier on the road and in battle and in the trenches meant to all of Mr. Carlson's buddies. Thus began Jeff Lowdermilk's life-long quest to tell his grandfather's story. As one can imagine, the young Lowdermilk became fascinated with the diary and how long and detailed it was. He transcribed it and then plotted his grandfather's path through France, Belgium, and Germany as part of the American Expeditionary Forces. And he immersed himself in the history of the Great War and in the geography of the places where his grandfather and other doughboys walked and fought. He also dedicated himself to becoming a first-rate photographer, and thus his career path as a writer and photographer and lecturer of World War I and II was securely in place. Honoring the Doughboys: Following My Grandfather's World War I Diary is a unforgettable tribute to all the doughboys, the foot soldiers, who served during World War I. Integrating passages from his grandfather's diary with his own anecdotes and photographic survey of the places his grandfather traveled and fought over, Lowdermilk has composed an enduring compilation of how the reality of battle and of war can be reconciled through commemoration and memorialization and even a pilgrimage such as his, in which he walked and drove thousands of kilometers during many decades retracing his grandfather's journey. This book provides a rich visual and historic tour of Europe's landscapes, towns, battlefields, memorials, cemeteries, and monuments of World War I. And it offers the reader that rare chance to share in the experience of thousands of America's doughboys who, like Mr. Carlson, gave it their all in the fight to keep Europe free of tyranny and oppression. Jeff Lowdermilk has done the nation a real favor with his moving expression of gratitude to American veterans of World War I. And Helen Patton, granddaughter of General George S. Patton, Jr., adds her voice of appreciation for Jeff Lowdermilk's effort in her heartfelt foreword. ** Nominated for a 2015 IPPY Award" from the Independent Publishers Association ** Upcoming Author Events • Tattered Cover Colfax Ave. - Main Store February 17, 2015 at 7 PM • Missouri History Museum St. Louis, MO April 26 & 25, 2015 at 1 PM

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"This is a uniquely beautiful and touching book by a renowned photographer. Jeffrey Lowdermilk inherited his grandfather's diary from World War I . The hand-written book details the places and the terrible battles of the many he was in while a doughboy soldier. Jeffrey, who had loved to read about World War I history since he was a young reader, became fascinated by the diary and decided to go as a photographer to the places described in such detail and try to follow his heroic grandfather's footsteps and learn more from experiencing the places and people. He traveled extensively through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany where his grandfather, George A Carlson, had served with the American Expeditionary Forces. He met many of the veteran soldiers from that period of history and became friendly, eliciting their stories about those times also, helping Jeffrey to make the history more real and personal. He used his skills as photographer to make images of the places, the cemeteries, bridges, buildings, landscapes where these battles had taken place, as well as pictures of the many re-enactments that take place from time to time now. The touching foreword is written by Helen Patton, the granddaughter of the same doughboy soldier. I believe this book is a moving portrait of the history of about a century ago, when the world was so troubled. Anyone interested in history will find this book very touching and worthwhile because it truly makes history come alive in an unforgettable way." Bonnie Neely, Amazon top reviewer, Real Travel Adventures, 2014/09/21

(retrieved from Amazon Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:07:36 -0400)

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