On the Shoulders of Giants by Daniel Rean
The stories of WW2 Submariners have become legends on par with the Knights of the Round Table, the Defeat of the Spanish
Armada and the Battle of Trafalgar. As long as ships put out to sea, and new sailors pick up the torches of the old, the
American submariners of World War II will be remembered, and their legacy allowed a new generation of submariners to reach
unlimited heights while standing on the shoulders of giants.
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My Grandfather's Letters
These are my Grandfather's letters, some written many years before he joined the war effort, underscoring the difficulty of
living in that time. Other letters are written from boot camp, describing a man sometimes confident and proud of his
accomplishments, and other times unsure of his place in "this man's army", as he put it. The rest of the letters, at best,
hint at the plodding pace of war as he fought in France with Co. L, 3rd Battalion, 314th Infantry Regiment, of the 79th
Infantry Division. Because of the censor's watchful eye, his letters are almost benign as they speak of simple things like
wishing for hot coffee, fresh pancakes, and music. This site is dedicated to all those who fought bravely, sacrificing much,
coming home to a world changed, and to those who never came home, who lie mute beneath rank upon rank of white marble
markers and other unmarked places forever known but to their god.