Louise Endres Moore, Lodi native and author of Alfred: The Quiet History of a World War II Infantryman, will speak virtually via Zoom Wednesday, November 11 at 6:30pm. Signed copies of the book are available for purchase for $20 at the library. Contact Meagan at 643-8318 with questions.
Moore's book tells her father's story. For 57 years, Alfred told his family he had been a barber, chauffeur, and German language translator during World War II within the U.S. Army. But following the death of his wife, Alfred started sharing with his daughter Louise a glimpse into his actual experiences. What began as a weekly napkin-capture of stories during nursing home visits with her dad became a nearly two decade deep dive into his true role in the war as a reluctant front-line machine gunner in Europe 1944-1945. Intensely researched and thoroughly human, Alfred compiles a lifetime panorama of the experiences, emotions, and character of one infantryman who never wanted a part of the war but accepted it. He returned home, discernibly the gentle Wisconsin farmer he was when he left, to a family unaware of what he had done. And what he had survived.
Thank you to the Friends of the Ruth Culver Community Library for sponsoring this event.
Note from the Author: The following address takes you to a National Archive video showing the extreme "rain and mud" of this time period 76 years ago in the Gremecey Forest of France. http://www.wwiireels.com/2019/01/02/mud/ Robert Phillips (320/35th) said the man on the right of the foxhole, just a minute into the video, is Louis Gogal. Because of this confirmation, I believe my father, Alfred Endres of Lodi, WI, is on the left. How I wish I had found this video before my dad passed away. Visit www.AlfredtheBook.com for photos and more info about my book and my father's tour within the 320th/35th from the beaches to victory. "Alfred: The Quiet History of a World War II Infantryman" by Louise Endres Moore. Thanks.