Oral History os World War II


Pvt. Elmer H. Ake (1925 – 2007) served as a medic with Company B of the 417th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army during World War II. The recipient of two Purple Hearts, he composed a collection of poetry about his wartime experiences in Europe. Many of them include of horrid drinking water to meals that were called “kidney stew.”  It also accounts for the heroism of Ake’s actions in combat for receiving his two purple hearts. It is not the account of many soldiers but of one who the average American can connect with in his stories.


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