Following up on…


Following up on Portraits of War’s April 11 post of a photo of the five-man squad of litter bearers who among them earned two Distinguished Service Crosses, two Division Citations and a Silver Star. The men were cited for going out under fire to bring back the wounded. I wondered what it was about this group that brought so much courage in each man.

I have a theory that any of us can be courageous — once. I could drag you out of a burning car. But I don’t think I would be able to grab someone else another time. In the heat of the moment, we can react … but later, and when we remember the danger we were in, I don’t think we have it in us to do it again.

Well, most of us don’t. These guys did. I wish I knew how.


Headed up the line to bring the wounded back on sleds.

Hemingway on his crutches in September 1918 at the Red Cross hospital in Milan, Italy.

Have you read “A Farewell to Arms”?

It’s a gorgeous book — and I don’t even like Hemingway, because I think he was an awful person.

War Through the Generations

Hello participants!  We’ve decided to host the mid-year read-a-long in June for Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.

We’ve decided to post our thoughts and discussion questions each Friday in June beginning with June 8. 

Even if you are not participating in this year’s WWI Reading Challenge, you are welcome to join the read-a-long wit us.  The more the merrier.

Here’s the schedule:

Week 1 — June 1-8 Chapters 1-10

Week 2 — June 9-15 Chapters 11-20

Week 3 — June 16-22 Chapters 21-30

Week 4 — June 23-29 Chapters 31-41

We hope to see you in June!

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