Online Author Talk: Louise Endres Moore

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.

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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. 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 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.