In 2004, World War II veteran "Bud" Curtis discovered a small travel case containing more than 130 letters that he had written home during the war. From the thrill of his first jump to the terror of the battle field and on to the fields of southern France, where his valor in the liberation of the French was recognized with the bestowal of the country's highest military award, Bud's poignant posts chronicle the horrors and heroism of war. These long-forgotten letters provide eyewitness accounts of life as a paratrooper in the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team from 1943 to 1945. Bud's unit spent ninety-four days on the front lines without relief and fought more than any other unit in World War II. the esprit de corps exhibited by Curtis and his fellow paratroopers is credited with making the difference at the infamous Battle of the Bulge. Bud's real-life wartime experiences also provided the inspiration for the new movie Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed. With fascinating historical facts and transition text written by Curtis's song connecting excerpts from the letters, A Paratrooper's Journey pays tribute to the ordinary men who accomplished extraordinary feats in defending our country and the freedoms we enjoy. With spirit and depth, this riveting narrative brings to life the defining events of one young man's military career and sheds light on the triumphs and tragedies of the brave paratroopers of World War II.
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