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"...the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly

a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

-- From a letter written by Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Lydia Bixby of Massachusetts who, at the time, was believed to have

lost five sons killed in action while serving in the Union Army during the Civil War.  Also inscribed on the monument 

 at the entrance to the Punchbowl National Military Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii.


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WWII Combat Glider Pilot Memorial - Arlington National Military Cemetery - In a place of honor just down the hill from President Kennedy's tomb.


Plaque which may be found in National Cemeteries where Glider Pilots are buried.


        At the height of the Glider Program, the American Combat Glider Pilots numbered less than 6,000.   211 of them died in combat, approximately 636 were wounded, and another 140 died in the line of duty, most in training accidents flying their dangerous aircraft.   This casualty rate of 987 Glider Pilots, 16.4% of their total number, and roughly 20% of the number who flew in each combat mission, was one of the highest of any combat specialty in World War II.


        Military doctrine typically holds that 10% or more casualties are unacceptable and will render a unit ineffective for further combat.  The Glider Pilots routinely sustained far more than that number of casualties in almost every  mission.


        A note on casualties:  All the men listed on this page were killed in action or in the line of duty.  The exact number of Glider Pilots who were wounded in the same operations is not known.  However, a military rule of thumb is that wounded typically number three times the number killed.  


        Casualty list courtesy of the National World War II Glider Pilots Association Membership Roster, 1999, and from corrections and additions from site visitors.

Still partially under construction.  More details to follow.


"They came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America - men and women whose everyday lives of duty, honor, achievement, and courage gave us the world we have today. "


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From a Special Warfare Memorial.


SICILY - Operation "Husky"

6 Killed.  Approximately 18 Wounded.

136 American Waco Gliders, 8 British Horsa Gliders, 111 American C-47s, 25 British Albemarles, and 8 Halifaxes.   (Silent Wings Page 89).

July 9, 1943

Bordewich, Arnold, Flight Officer, White Plains, NY

Capite, Guisseppe Y., Flight Officer, New York, NY

Hollinshead, Kenneth L., Flight Officer, Santa Monica, CA

Jackson, Tracy H., Captain

McCollum, Charles, R., Flight Officer, Tulsa, OK

Petroulias, Gus T., Flight Officer, Gastonia, NC


BURMA - Operation "Thursday"

6 Killed.  Approximately 18 wounded.

March 1, 1944

Dowe, Robert L., Second Lieutenant, Waukegan, IL

Sharrock, Robert P., Second Lieutenant

Wells, David Lee, Flight Officer, Shelton, WA

March 8, 1944

Le Fevre, Donald A., First Lieutenant, Troy, NY

McTique, Martin J., Flight Officer, Leechburg, PA

Ritzinger, William C., Flight Officer, Chippewa Falls, WI


NORMANDY - Operation "Neptune" 

This was the Airborne Phase of the Overall Normandy Invasion Codenamed "Operation Overlord."

44 killed in action.  Approximately 132 wounded.

D-Day - June 6, 1944

Aigner, Norman Louis, Captain, Roxbury, VA

Birdzell, Ivan W., Flight Officer, Louisville, KY

Butler, John M., Second Lieutenant, Chattanooga, TN

Darling, Raymond, First Lieutenant, Stuart, FL

Davis, Howard M.E., Flight Officer, Hollywood, CA

(Reported KIA June 6, 1944 but would appreciate any additional corroborating evidence site visitors may have.)

Doyle, Roderick, Flight Officer, Alameda, CA

Farmbrough, Edward C., Flight Officer, Atlanta, GA

Forbell, William H. Jr., Richmond Hill, NY

Griffin, Clinton H., Flight Officer, Seminole, OK

Griffith, Gus T., Second Lieutenant, Charlotte, NC

Herriage, Joe Willard, First Lieutenant, Bonham, TX

Huckleberry, Willis R., Flight Officer, Brownfield, TX

Kemper, Sylvester H., Flight Officer, Mishicott, WI

Kiel, Elmer J., Flight Officer, Emporia, KS

Loving, Adrian R., Flight Officer, Nomoni Grove, VA

Lund, Norman T., Flight Officer, Plentywood, MT

McCabe, William T., Flight Officer, Carlisle, PA

McMillian, Ernest D., Second Lieutenant, Lebanon, MO

Meleky, Joseph, Flight Officer, Farrell, PA

Mercer, Richard George, Flight Officer, Wichita Falls, TX

Metchicas, Jimmy Gus, Flight Officer, Newberry, SC

Myers, Richard Stanley, Flight Officer, Cathage, IN

Mills, John H., Flight Officer, Jamestown, CA

Nelson, Verl R., Flight Officer, St. Louis, MO

O'Haver, William Patrick, Flight Officer, Laurenceville, IL

Shapiro, Samuel B., Second Lieutenant, Chicago, IL

Smith, Robert Watson, Flight Officer, Webertown, SD

Van Houten, Ernest, Flight Officer, Newark, NJ

Weiss, Robert S., Flight Officer, New York, NY

Willoughby, Jack L., Captain, Kansas City, MO

D-Day + 1 - June 7, 1944

Bone, Adam, Second Lieutenant, Detroit, MI

Clement, Robert L., Flight Officer, Chicago, IL

Code, Dale, Flight Officer, Clarkstown, WA

Hoag, Richard M., Second Lieutenant, Chicago, IL

Jenson, Vernon, Flight Officer, Plaza, ND

Lindsey, Hubert W., Flight Officer, Fort Worth, TX

Reed, James Marion, Flight Officer, Waterford, OH

Rembes, Vincent J., Flight Officer, Buffalo, NY

Walls, John Frank, First Lieutenant, Oliver Springs, TN

Winks, Ben W., Second Lieutenant, Sumner, IA

D-Day + 2 - June 8, 1944

Baldwin, Hadley D., Flight Officer

Graves, Joseph Curtis, Second Lieutenant, Amarillo, TX 

(Reported KIA on June 8, 1944, but also reported shot with a group of 20 paratroopers by German captors following their capture on or about June 12, 1944.)

 Ahmad, Thomas, Second Lieutenant

July 4, 1944

Hutchinson, Robert M., Flight Officer


SOUTHERN FRANCE - Operation "Dragoon"

21 killed in action.  Approximately 63 wounded.

August 14, 1944

Kimball, Paul R., Second Lieutenant, Sacramento, CA

August 15, 1944

Allen, Glen H., Flight Officer, Yankton, SD

Alto, Lawrence, Flight Officer, Traverse City, MI

Anderson, James W., First Lieutenant

Andrews, Joseph, First Lieutenant

Bell, Garland, Flight Officer

Bell, Orman G., Flight Officer, Ijamsville, MD

Billstrom, John E., Second Lieutenant, Pomona, CA

Boardman, Charles, Flight Officer

Coletti, Nicholas J., Flight Officer, Louisiana

Hardin, Robert, Flight Officer, Little Rock, AR

Hernden, William Harry, Flight Officer

Kern, William E., Flight Officer, Forest Park, IL

La Valle, Ralph, E., Flight Officer, Manistee, MI

Leaman, Horace F., Flight Officer, Pittsburgh, PA

Lehrman, Larry, Flight Officer, St. Petersburg, FL

Lieberman, David, Flight Officer, Stamford, CT

Sanchez, Max W., Flight Officer, Los Angeles, CA

Stephens, Preston, Flight Officer, Port Arthur, TX

Thompson, Alfred Graham, Flight Officer, Pittsburgh, PA

August 18, 1944

Bierbaum, Charles B., Flight Officer, Minneapolis, MN


HOLLAND - Operation "Market Garden"

41 killed in action.  Approximately 123 wounded.

September 17, 1944

Baker, George W., Flight Officer, Roseville, CA

Brown, Elmore, Major, Elmore, IA

Burton, Philip, Flight Officer

Canova, Gene Evans, Flight Officer

Dziewialtowski, Otqut, First Lieutenant, Springfield, VT

Salemme, Dominic, Flight Officer, West Haven, CT

Schuffelberger, L.R., Flight Officer, Dodge City, KS

Welch, Samuel C., Flight Officer, Des Moines, IA

September 18, 1944

Chitwood, James A., Flight Officer

Collette, William, Second Lieutenant, Tampa, FL

Gilman, Robert C., Flight Officer, Portland, ME

Hill, Rees T., Flight Officer, Espanola, NM

Hinkel, Kenneth B., Flight Officer, Rosebud, TX

Jones, Carl Edward, Flight Officer, Salinas, CA

Lee, Perry, Jr., Flight Officer, Middlesboro, KY

McCann, Noel Clarence, Flight Officer, Norwood, OH

Moorehead, William M., First Lieutenant, Milwaukee, WI

Riscky, Adolf, Second Lieutenant, Fort Worth, TX

Van Sicklen, John, Second Lieutenant, Alameda, CA

September 19, 1944

Brown, Robert E., Captain

Davis, Robert P., Flight Officer, Indianapolis, MN

Dedloff, Herman H., Second Lieutenant

Delassus, Joseph H., Flight Officer, Cape Girardeau, MO

Donahue, George P., Flight Officer, Long Beach, CA

Ferguson, Jesse D., Second Lieutenant, Burkburnett, TX

Fry, Emory A., Flight Officer, Greensboro, NC

Griffin, Edward M., Flight Officer, Charlotte, NC

Henwood, John F., Flight Officer, St. Paul, MN

Huehls, Earl R., Flight Officer, Indianapolis, IN

Johnson, Alvin I., Flight Officer

Kile, Robert J., Flight Officer, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Pachico, John, Second Lieutenant, Eureka, MT

Reddick, Jacob A., Flight Officer, Atlanta, GA

Seymour, Douglas W., Flight Officer, River Falls, AL

Teders, Francis J., Flight Officer, Avilla, IN

Titus, Wilber Leon, Flight Officer, Johnson, VT

September 20, 1944

Carter, Wayne E., Flight Officer, Decatur, IL

September 21, 1944

Mudd, Dana T., Flight Officer, McKinney, TX

September 23, 1944

Bissell, John R., Flight Officer, Seattle, WA

Boyer, Vincent P., Second Lieutenant, Kingston, PA

Meyers, Eugene H., Flight Officer, Linden, NJ



 Operation "Repulse" (All Volunteers)

3 killed in action.  Approximately 9 wounded.  Of 100 gliders that took 

part in this resupply mission, only 65 made it through.


December 27, 1944

Bloomfield, Douglas C., Second Lieutenant, Fillmore, MI

Knott, Gerald D., Flight Officer, Monett, MO

Schott, Raymond G., Second Lieutenant, Columbus, OH


GERMANY - Operation "Varsity"

79 killed in action.  Approximately 240 wounded.  1,348 gliders took part in this operation.  A casualty rate of 24.2%.

March 24, 1945


The most dangerous day for American Glider Pilots in the history of the Glider Program - 79 killed.

Ammerman, Nelson V. Jr., Second Lieutenant

Anderson, Levi F. Jr., Flight Officer, Winchester, VA

Attebury, Eugene, T., First Lieutenant, Elkton, KY

Baker, Elbert O. Jr., Second Lieutenant, Nashville, TN

Barbaclough, A.P., Flight Officer

Bell, Donald DeWitt, Flight Officer, Watertown, SD

Blanche, Edwin L., Second Lieutenant, Dallas, TX

Brobst, LeRoy, Flight Officer, Enid, OK

Brown, William A. Jr., Major, Greensboro, NC

Bullpitt, Lorne F., Second Lieutenant, Galesburg, IL

Burton, Ivan, Flight Officer, Kaysville, UT

Butler, Wade H., Second Lieutenant, Chattanooga, TN

Casella, Clement A., Flight Officer, Long Beach, NY

Chamberlain, Gordon C., Second Lieutenant, San Diego, CA

Chandler, Walter R., Second Lieutenant, Safford, AZ

Crowell, George N., Flight Officer

Crozier, Emil M., Captain, Stillwater, OK

Daugherty, Fred H., Flight Officer, Middletown, NY

Davis, Thomas C., Flight Officer, Rice Lake, WI

Draycott, Arthur B., Second Lieutenant, McLean, TX

Duncan, Loys, Flight Officer, Moab, UT

Elliott, Claudie Lee, Flight Officer, Winneboro, TX

Ellis, Duane E., Second Lieutenant, Whitewood, SD

Ellmaker, Webb D., Second Lieutenant, Charleston, SC

Flaming, Lendon K., Flight Officer, Reedley, CA

Gephart, Raymond D., Flight Officer, Lakeville, MN

Giannobule, Frank W., Flight Officer, Des Moines, IA

Hammer, Arthur W., Flight Officer, Fort Wayne, IN

Hampton, John H., Flight Officer, Dallas, TX

Hanner, Francis Jackson, Flight Officer, Marshall, IN

Hassman, Morton, Second Lieutenant, Philadelphia, PA

Hays, David S., Second Lieutenant, Youngstown, NY

(Web page set up by his family to honor Second Lieutentant Hays)

Heelas, William A., Flight Officer, Lockhaven, PA

Hornberger, Homer, First Lieutenant, Austin, TX

Howard, John, Edward, Flight Officer, Altro, KY

Hulet, Leonard E., Flight Officer, Throwan, UT

Hunt, Max Lee, Flight Officer, Bradford, PA

Hurney, Paul E., First Lieutenant, Cincinnati, OH

Hyman, Leonard O., Flight Officer, Dancyville, TN

Jacobson, Lind D., Flight Officer, Venice, CA

James, John Wilber, Flight Officer, Jacksonville, IL

Johnson, Arthur R., Flight Officer, Union City, NJ

Jones, Everette Ray, Flight Officer, Hollis, OK

Kearns, John G., Second Lieutenant, South Orange, NJ

Keiser, John B., Second Lieutenant, Bell Flower, CA

King, C.B., Flight Officer, Tahoka, TX

Kinnee, Gerald F., Flight Officer, Cadillac, MI

Klamser, Leonard F., Second Lieutenant, St. Joseph, MO

Lawley, Ralph H., Flight Officer, Birmingham, AL

Manget, Frederic D., Flight Officer, Atlanta, GA

Merriman, William T. Jr., Second Lieutenant, Springfield, MO

Miller, Warren R., Flight Officer, Charlotte, NC

(pdf file with Charlotte News obituary of F/O Miller provided by his son, Warren R. Miller, Jr., and his grandson, Warren R. Miller III)

Mullman, Herbert S., Second Lieutenant, Chicago, IL

Niland, William J., Second Lieutenant, Rawlins, CO

Noehre, Ernest John, Flight Officer, Roscoe, SD

Odell, Irvin S., Second Lieutenant, Norfolk, VA

Page, Warren, Flight Officer, Sioux City, IA

Paul, Francis J., Second Lieutenant, Boston, MA

Peterson, Donald V., Second Lieutenant, Miles, MT

Phillipson, Burton M., Second Lieutenant, Albuquerque, NM

Pittman, George G., Flight Officer, Etna Green, IN

Robb, Hugh C., First Lieutenant, Philadelphia, PA

Secaur Lee W., Flight Officer, Auburn, NY

Shaw, George L., Flight Officer, Houston, TX

Sweeney, John J. Jr., Flight Officer, Upper Darby, PA

Switzer, Delmar E., Second Lieutenant, Des Moines, IA

Thacker, Harvey D., Flight Officer, Myrtle Creek, OR

Van Eyck, Willard H., Flight Officer, Holland, MI

Walters, George J., Flight Officer, South Milwaukee, WI

Walters, John C., Flight Officer, Baltimore, MD

Ward, Warren W., First Lieutenant, Madison, WI

Warden, Alexander, Flight Officer, Jacksonville, FL

Weiss, Elliott B., Flight Officer

Wheelock, Lee A., Flight Officer, Bakersfield, VT

Williams, Wendell George, Second Lieutenant, Madison, WI

Wojtal, Alfred J., Second Lieutenant, Chicago, IL

Wolverton, Jesse C. Jr., Flight Officer, Stephenville, TX

Wollwine, Richard H., Flight Officer, Wichita, KS

Zinn, John Walter, Flight Officer, Haddonfield, NJ

March 26, 1945

Rind, Robert R., Flight Officer, Hot Springs, AR

March 31, 1945

Joseph, Ford, E., First Lieutenant, St. Louis, MO


PHILIPPINES - Operation "Appari"

No casualty figures available



The dates some of the men listed below died are not confirmed but they died in combat nevertheless.  

        One of the untold stories about the Glider Pilots is that the OSS - Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to the CIA - used gliders for covert missions behind enemy lines to deliver intelligence agents to their areas of operations, and equipment and supplies to partisans, resistance fighters and others opposing the enemy.  These missions were extremely hazardous and often required the glider to be retrieved and towed back to friendly territory at night using the dangerous "snatch" maneuver described elsewhere in this website.  These missions were not reported for obvious reasons and remained classified for years after World War II.  

The stories of some of the men listed below may never be told.

April 12, 1944

 Liston, Charles B., First Lieutenant, Adel, IA


Glider Pilot with the1st Air Commando Group.  Crashed in the Chindwin River (Burma) area on March 6, 1944.  Captured by the Japanese and died in Rangoon Central Jail on April 2, 1944.  Information courtesy of his nephew, Merle Bever.  From an email from Merle Bever:  In the Statement of Investigation about this crash and the plane's contents dated February 7, 1949, it stated that Lt. Liston, M/Sgt. Fletcher E. Hart, and Cpl. Julius F. Yackie survived the Glider crash in the Chindwin River area on March 6, 1944.   It says all three were captured by the Japanese and taken to Rangoon Central Jail.  M/Sgt. Hart was eventually liberated and returned to the United States.  My Uncle and Cpl. Yackie died in the Japanese Jail.  Another document in the "Individual Deceased Personnel File" lists Cpl. Yackie's ASN# as 17072536 and his date of death as August 18, 1944.

May 2, 1944

Lopez, Edmondo, Flight Officer, Las Cruces, NM

May 8, 1944

Baldwin, Hadley Dwinell, Flight Officer, Louisville, KY

February 14, 1945

Polovich, George C., Flight Officer, Detroit, MI

Yates, Jack Dempsey, Flight Officer, Gainesville, GA

Killed in action February 14, 1945 while serving on a volunteer recon mission in the Philippines. 

(Previously reported to hail from Kingsport, TX.  His son visited this website and provided accurate information.)  FO Dempsey and FO Polovich were both killed in the same glider crash.  The below information and image of the grave marker is provided by Suzette Genzler:  "I was visiting your site, researching information on the death of my uncle during WWII. The above information is taken from your website. My Uncle, Robert Lee New, was killed in the same crash as the above two men. I have enclosed a photo of the grave marker with the two names above listed on it as well as the others that were killed in this crash."


FO Yates, FO Dempsey, and the passengers in their glider were buried in a mass grave located in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (Just outside of St. Louis, Missouri) in a formal burial in 1950. 


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Date Unknown

Briffet, R.P., Flight Officer

Derflinger, James, Second Lieutenant

Krohn, Irving William, Flight Officer

McCue, John, Flight Officer, Chicago, IL

Melvin, Henry, Flight Officer, ND



        Gliders were dangerous aircraft to fly in combat or in training.  The 140 men below lost their lives in the line of duty, a great many of them in crashes and accidents while they trained for combat missions.  The Waco CG-4A was designed and built quickly, sometimes by furniture, kitchen appliance, or other non-aviation companies, to meet the urgent needs of war.  Manufacturing and design defects were discovered only after many of the men below purchased that valuable information with their lives.  In doing so, they gave the Glider Program knowledge that helped improve a dangerous aircraft so it was less dangerous for those who would eventually fly and ride them into combat.  

Their ultimate sacrifice is no less than that of the men who died in combat.

Andrews, Daniel W. Croke, Harry R. Jr. Griggs, Preston Lebsook, Victor C. Pierson, Howard S. West, Paul
Bailey, John Carson Davis, Charles H. Grigsby, Chester L. Levandoski, Charles J. Ravbinger, Fredrick Williamson, James L.
Bain, Clarence Dazey, Edward M. Jr. Grzesiek, Edward Levine, Martin Roberts, Zail E. Wright, John E.
Barringer, Lewin Deathridge, Allen Haas, Bernard B. Lindberg, Walter B. Rogers, Edgar D. Wyatt, A.C.
Bayley, Ariel K. Jr. DeShurley, Chester L. Haley, James M. Llewellyn, Edgar E. Root, Bradford K. Zenoby, Roger R.
Bean, Lloyd C. Dimond, Frank M. Hamilton, Robert Gray Longbottom, Lawrence Rose, Vincent
Beanson, George Douglas, William Handley, Oscar Jr. Lucier, Sylvan Ralph Roth, Harold D.

Bennett, Everett L.

Drasher, Kenneth Herr, London A. Luke, LeRoy Claude Russo, Nuncio A.
Black, Beryl A. Drummond, Daryl E. Hokett, Luther H.L. Magistro, John Shaver, John Hiskey
Boggs, Harold L. Duckworth, Joe L. Holmquist, Edward A. Martin, Floyd G. Shaw, Martin
Branson, George Dunham, Harry H. Horkavi, Emil Michael McCartt, William E. Jr. Smith, William Lewis
Bronson, Gilbert G. Dupont, Richard Horr, Robert H. McFarland, Richard M. Snow, Robert D.
Bruce, Claude C. Dutcher, Edward Hamilton Hunter, Albert C. McGlockin, I.M. Sokloski, Rinaldi W.
Buchheit, Orville Merle Eads, Elton E. Hyatt, James A. Melarvie, James G. Steim, Ben
Buckner, Alfred C. Eden, Roy Kenneth Izlar, Beverly Welford Montemeyer, R.J. Storm, Harold V.
Bunch, Harold S. Elston, Ralph A. Jones, Thomas Justice Moomau, Bryan F. Sutherlin, Robert T.
Burus, Robert W. Emerson, Clifford L. Kalamatas, Christ Morgan, Walker K. Swinggi, Joe S.
Burruss, Nelson K. Fenwick, Steven A. Kinney, Harry Engert Mueller, Eden W. Tarrant, Ellsworth C.
Calvert, Thomas A. Fernandez, Bernando Klein, Edward L. Mueller, Wayne Tainter, Jeremiah B.
Campbell, Cullen Rupert Finnen, Raymond Kline, Benjamin L. Jr. Murphy, James Eugene Totten, Franklin
Campbell, Malcom B. Flaherty, William E. Klugh, Milton C. Oberg, Lawrence B. Travis, Keith Wendell
Cannon, Boyd M. Fleak, Marvin Kramer, Forrest F. Odell, William B. Vogel, Arthur A.

Cekola, Carl

Forbes, Ernest J. Kramer, Wilber Alfred Oland, Douglas Carlton Waite, Herbert Lyle
Cole, Woodrow W. French, Philo N. Krohn, Irving W. Orkney, Donald Robert Wallace, Howard N.
Coons, William S. Gardner, John Westley Kuehm, Karl Orton, Edward Wallace Watson, Edward E.
Cotropia, Frank L. Goeghegan, Thomas N. Lagerquist, Lorence C. Picker, Harold Weber, Norman Henry
Craig, Tunis H. Goldin, David Bernard Larson, Harley Picker, William Edward Weese, Paul W.



In Flanders Fields


By John McCrae, MD, Captain, Canadian Army Medical Corps

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


        During World War I, on 6 December 1915, this poem appeared in "Punch," a popular British periodical.  Published anonymously, it was later discovered to have been written that spring by Canadian medical officer Captain John McCrae.  During the second battle of Ypres, fought in Flanders, the French and Belgian lands bordered by the North Sea, McCrae's best friend, a young officer, had been severely wounded by enemy shellfire and McCrae was unable to save his life.  He took charge of his burial and the grave was dug and the service conducted in a field where poppies softly trembled on their slender stalks in the gentle spring breeze.  His friend's death, one of so many Captain McCrae had already witnessed, inspired him to write these words, which have since become characterized as forming the best-known poem ever written about war and the price it exacts from those -- mostly young -- who are called upon to wage it. (From an email)


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