I Walk Through the Valley

A World War II Infantryman’s Memoir of War, Imprisonment and Love

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About the Book

“Greetings…you will report to the local board,” said the letter to the 31-year-old father and husband, drafting him into the Army in 1944. There followed boot camp and bitter combat in Europe.
Wounded, the author spent three days suffering on a frozen battlefield before being captured, hospitalized and then incarcerated by the Germans. Liberation, healing and reunion with loved ones took a long, long time.

About the Author(s)

The late Bruce C. Zorns began this memoir in 1987 when he retired as chairman of a bank and moved to Kerrville, Texas.

Bibliographic Details

Bruce C. Zorns
Format: softcover (5.5 x 8.5)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: 3 photos
Copyright Date: 2013 [1991]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7622-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0610-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword     v
Cast of Characters     ix
Introduction     1

1. “You’ll Never Get Rich, You Son-of-a-Bitch, You’re in the Army Now”     5
2. Of Guns and Men     17
3. Of Fort Meade-Camp Campbell, Bill Bailey, and Mrs. Day     41
4. “Over There”     60
5. My Forest Cathedral     72
6. Crossing the Vosges Mountains and Beyond     77
7. Defending the Alsatian Plain     101
8. A Time to Surrender     117
9. Of Lice and Fleas and Stalag XIIA     131
10. April in Paris     164
11. “Oh! You Beautiful Doll”     177
12. “The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done…”     190

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Library Journal.