No Greater Sacrifice, No Greater Love: A Son's Journey to Normandy

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A powerful account of a World War II hero and his son's life-changing discovery.Walter Ford Carter grew up knowing little about his father except that as a battalion surgeon with the 29th Division, he died in France eleven days after his D day landing on Omaha Beach while running to help another soldier. For half a century, his mother never spoke of her husband—her sweetheart since childhood—or of the depth of her grief. On her death in 1995, Carter finds his life transformed on discovering a journal and some 150...
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A powerful account of a World War II hero and his son's life-changing discovery.Walter Ford Carter grew up knowing little about his father except that as a battalion surgeon with the 29th Division, he died in France eleven days after his D day landing on Omaha Beach while running to help another soldier. For half a century, his mother never spoke of her husband—her sweetheart since childhood—or of the depth of her grief. On her death in 1995, Carter finds his life transformed on discovering a journal and some 150 letters his father had written to his wife and young sons in the months, weeks, and days before his death. The letters, excerpted here, are filled with candid, innocent, and at times wrenching expressions of love for family, the anguish and agony of war, and unshakeable faith in a country's noble cause—something almost unimaginable in our time. This is also the story of a son's midlife discovery as he learns of the extraordinary love his parents shared and finally begins to know the father he never had. His journey leads him to the man his father reached out to help so many years ago, and together they travel to Normandy to find the place where his father, a man who truly personifies "the greatest generation," gave his life to help another. 25 b/w photographs.

Author Biography: Walter Ford Carter, avid trombonist and former economist, lives in Newton, Massachusetts. Terry Golway's most recent book is So Others Might Live: A History of the Fire Department of New York.

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Teaming up with author Golway (So Others Might Live), former corporate economist Carter presents his reflections on the 150 letters that his father wrote home to his mother, his brother and himself before he was killed in combat, along with generous excerpts from the letters themselves. Along the way, he uncovers military, family and emotional history in equal measures and presents all with penetration. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781588341594
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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