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"Butts on this article"

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by: Regis Carr
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Publication Date: December 10, 2019
Book Size: 8.5" x 11"
Pages: 26
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White

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Book Synopsis
In 2014 while the author was preparing a monograph about his father-in-law’s farming experience, the family mentioned that he had been held briefly as a POW in the weeks shortly after crossing Omaha Beach in June 1944. Regretfully that information – a brief, but significant, detail of his lengthy military service – was not shared until long after his death in 1986, so first-hand details were unavailable. If there was to be a more detailed story, the author was determined to pursue the details. In November 2019, while researching S/SGT John Edgar Scott’s unconfirmed appearance in the iconic June 1944 photo of soldiers climbing through the E-1 draw in Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach, the author rediscovered a set of newspaper stories that his father-in-law had clipped from the Stars & Stripes and mailed home. A previous, cursory read of the article about a four-day battle during the Battle of the Bulge provided no evidence of a personnel connection – it referred to an infantry regiment, but not the sergeant’s ordnance company. But, there was a clue written on the article that led to a reevaluation of the contents and to a new clue. The two clues refocused the author’s research, the results of which buttressed the family report of S/SGT Scott’s capture. A second, related article punctuated how fortunate he was to have been rescued – had his period of capture been any longer, he may never have found himself incarcerated in a Stalag, let alone back with his buddies in the 702nd Ordnance Company, Second Infantry Division.
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The author is a West Point graduate who served in the US Army as an infantryman and aviator. After retirement from military service he enjoyed challenges offered in managing corporate IT and telecommunications projects. In full retirement he enjoys writing, genealogy and cycling. For a change of pace, he hiked the Appalachian Trail.
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