Trapped: Baseball and the Enduring Scars of War

Trapped: Baseball and the Enduring Scars of War

He was nothing special, a typical ball player getting ready on the field. A third baseman. He was 29. It was a special All-American summer day. It was the Fourth of July 1949. The Brooklyn Dodgers were playing a doubleheader against the Phillies, as most teams did...
Waiting for Love

Waiting for Love

Our final story of a soldier in love is a little different than our previous two. Both Bernie Nygard and Allen Hopper were married men writing home to their wives and family. According to a New York Times article: “In 1942 alone, 1.8 million weddings took place, up 83...
My Dearest Daughter Patti

My Dearest Daughter Patti

Our next story of a soldier in love comes to us from Mike Strasberg. Mike went to high school with our own Christian Taylor at The Stony Brook School. After learning about The Girl Who Wore Freedom, Mike was inspired to learn more about his family’s involvement in...
Because I Love You So, Bernie

Because I Love You So, Bernie

In the spring of 2018, I walked into the Antiques of Winfield shop in Winfield, IL, intent on finding WWII-era items to sell at a silent auction for The Girl Who Wore Freedom. I found a stack of papers lying in a forgotten nook. $25 for a stack of 200 letters. $25 for...
I Met Love in Normandy

I Met Love in Normandy

In my lifetime in France—a childhood cradled by its unique sounds and savors and an adulthood steeped in its contradictions, quirks and charm—I only occasionally heard references to America’s role in freeing it from horror. I knew the tales of selfless sacrifice and...