I wish you all a good Memorial Day. I’m off to work so I will post a link to ProJo.com where columnist Bob Kerr, himself a veteran, interviews Earl Northrup.
“Some people say that didn’t happen,” says Earl, jabbing at a photograph he says he took with a forbidden camera as his unit entered Dachau in 1945. It shows stacks of bodies.
There are far more lighthearted moments in the fading black and white prints. Earl points at a picture of his troop ship coming home, laughing as he points into a sea of faces to claim “that’s me.”
He took part in six invasions, he says. He was in North Africa and Italy and Germany with the 3407th Ordnance Group. It was his job to keep things running.
“I did what I was supposed to do,” he says. “I got no regrets about it, but I was a nervous wreck.”
To all who fought, who suffered, who waited on the ones they loved, who were civilians caught in events they did not cause or comprehend…
May your sacrifice not be forgotten. May we find our way to peace.