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This World War II memoir of Charles E. Woolman who served in the US Army in the European Theater of Operations in 1944-45 is also a family history in small-town America. Charles was a driver for an officer in ECAD (European Civil Affairs Division), a noncombatant unit that assisted communities that were bombed to re-establish municipal services, utilities, and government. They also supplied the front lines with rations, mail, and vehicle parts. The book includes 23 letters from Charles Woolman to his mother and father-in-law who harbored his wife and two small children while he was overseas for 19 months. Filled with photographs and other historical documents, newspaper headlines and colorful graphics, this book provides first-person history of an enlisted man who arrived in Normandy, France on "D plus 30," drove into Paris at the liberation, retreated only once near the Battle of the Bulge, and traveled thousands of miles through England, France, Belgium, and Germany. Included are his early and later life, family genealogy, and an index in this record that was created for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Born 1943 and grew up in Elmer, NJ. Began writing at age 11.Educated at Bucknell University, BS 1966; MSW from University of Connecticut 1986. Mother of 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Taught first grade in Philadelphia and Head Start. in Hartford, CT. Moved to Maine in 1968. Teaches a writing memoir course at Acadia Senior College in Bar Harbor, ME. Worked as oncology social worker for 7 years at Eastern Maine Medical Center and continued to work in private practice as a psychotherapist until November 2013. Married to Richard Bullock. This is her first book.