John Robert Slaughter enlisted aged sixteen with the National Guard as a career soldier. Just twenty at the end of World War II. He was a combat veteran, and this book chronicles his journey. The author captures the day-to-day reality of training, preparation, and induction into the National Guard, regarded as "Weekend Warriors" by their peers. Deployed overseas, they first saw action on Omaha beach as the first wave of troops for the D-Day landings, and were instrumental in holding this key area for the Allied invasion of Normandy. Slaughter then fought across Holland, the Bulge, and into Germany itself - part of the long march to victory. Chronicling a piece of history, Slaughter brings to life the heart-stopping combat, periods of boredom and monotony , the day-to-day details of hardship to be endured to ensure success, bound to resonate and appeal to anyone interested in World war II and combat missions.
John Robert Slaughter enlisted in the Virginia National Guard well before Pearl Harbor in early 1941 at the age of sixteen. A veteran jopurnalist, he retired from the Roanoke Times in 1987. Active in veteran affairs for many years, Slaughter then began to work for the creation of a memorial to commemorate the sacrifice of the American soldiers at Normandy. On June 6, 2001, the National D-Day Memorial was dedicated. Bob Slaughter lives in Roanoke, Virginia.John Robert Slaughter enlisted in the Virginia National Guard well before Pearl Harbor in early 1941 at the age of sixteen. Just twenty at the end of the war, in 1947 he married and settled in Roanoke, Virginia. Upon his retirement from the Roanoke Times in 1987, Slaughter, who had become active in veterans affairs over the years, started to work on the creation of a memorial to commemorate the sacrifice of the American soldiers at Normandy. On June 6, 2001, the National D-Day Memorial was dedicated. Bob Slaughter lives in Roanoke, Virginia.Alex Kershaw is author of the widely acclaimed World War II histories The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice, The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon, and The Few: the American Knights of the Air Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain. He lives in Bennington, Vermont.