Eleven months after Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, the German Army, pushed back to the streets of Berlin, surrendered. The relief that all American soldiers felt was tempered by the realization that the war wasn’t yet won. Some would ship out to the Pacific Theater, though few of them saw any action. Others stayed behind as occupiers or, in a few instances, participants in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.

Featured Story: Charles Remsburg

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"Why Porter? He was one of the best. Why just hours before the war ended?"

(Memoir, page 178)

In 1983 Charles Remsburg discovered a cache of 194 letters he'd written to his parents during World War II, when he served in Europe in the infantry and as a public relations officer. He used them to write an excellent memoir. His second assignment, coming in March 1945, seemed to have taken him out of harm's way, but on May 7, one of his best buddies, also a PR man, was killed by a German shell. The next day, the end of the hostilities in Europe was announced, and Remsburg felt a kind of bitter relief, expressed eloquently on pages 177-180 of his memoir.