Not in Vain: A Rifleman Remembers World War II by Leon C. Standifer

By Leon C. Standifer

Growing to be up in a small collage city in primary Mississippi within the Thirties, Leon C. Standifer knew little of the trauma of conflict. yet by the point he was once nineteen, international conflict II had made conflict a fact for him. Standifer volunteered for and used to be approved through a different military software that may ship him to school for technical education; he somtimes was hoping and occasionally feared that the warfare could finish prior to his education did. occasions became out rather another way. a significant scarcity of proficient riflemen wanted for the invasion of Normandy intended that Standifer and multiple hundred thousand different younger males have been taken from this system and despatched into conflict as strive against soldiers.

Not in useless: A Rifleman recollects global struggle II appears at American involvement within the conflict from the firsthand viewpoint of this nineteen-year-old soldier. As an infantryman in France and Germany through the latter a part of the warfare, Standifer skilled the numbing boredom of day-by-day regimen and the adrenaline-pumping pleasure of strive against. He recollects the soreness of wasting buddies in conflict and the decisive second while he slit the throat of an enemy soldier, thoughts that also hang-out him.

But Not in Vain is much greater than a standard soldier's memoir. even supposing he recounts in brilliant element his own stories, Standifer additionally makes a miles broader inquiry into the forces that became a sheltered younger guy from a spiritual, small-town heritage into a good soldier. transforming into up within the Baptist church, Standifer proposal he had discovered the variations among sturdy and evil, correct and mistaken. yet after his days in conflict, ethical differences have been not as clear.

Not in Vain records Standifer's lifelong debate with himself over the justification for conflict through contemplating not just his reactions in the course of strive against but additionally the emotions that experience remained with him for all times. He describes those excessive feelings in his account of a visit taken to Europe decades after the battle and of his reunion with the various former individuals of his rifle corporation. Written to be able to come to phrases together with his involvement within the warfare, no longer in useless is a probing and well timed examine of a citizen's commitment to his nation.

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Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" addressed "ye soldiers of the cross'': Stand up, stand up for Jesus, The trumpet call obey; Forth to the mighty conflict, In this His glorious day; Page 35 Ye that are men, now serve Him, Against unnumbered foes; Your courage rise with danger, And strength to strength oppose. . . . . . Put on the gospel armor, And, watching unto prayer, Where duty calls or danger, Be never wanting there.  It all was good for my ego. " As we walked to the front of the auditorium to rededicate our lives, the crowd was singing "America the Beautiful": O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life.

What is honor, and what is courage?  The last of them were released in 1933 under Franklin Roosevelt.  These mentally crippled veterans both frightened and shamed me; they were the brave men who had fought so that kids like me would never have to go to war.  In Japan, the navy would bombard islands to rubble before the marines went in to take over.  Because ministerial students usually were deferred, the town made snide remarks about boys who were suddenly called into the Lord's service a few months ahead of being called by the president.

Put on the gospel armor, And, watching unto prayer, Where duty calls or danger, Be never wanting there.  It all was good for my ego. " As we walked to the front of the auditorium to rededicate our lives, the crowd was singing "America the Beautiful": O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life.  I finally settled on a compromise: too big in the chest, but with sleeves that came within a couple of inches of my wrists.

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