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By Leon C. Standifer

ISBN-10: 080711703X

ISBN-13: 9780807117033

ISBN-10: 0807123382

ISBN-13: 9780807123386

Transforming into up in a small collage city in imperative Mississippi within the Thirties, Leon C. Standifer knew little of the trauma of battle. yet by the point he used to be nineteen, global warfare II had made warfare a fact for him. Standifer volunteered for and used to be approved by way of a distinct military software that may ship him to varsity for technical education; he somtimes was hoping and infrequently feared that the conflict may finish prior to his education did. occasions became out really another way. a significant scarcity of knowledgeable riflemen wanted for the invasion of Normandy intended that Standifer and multiple hundred thousand different younger males have been taken from this system and despatched into conflict as wrestle soldiers.

Not in useless: A Rifleman recollects international conflict II seems at American involvement within the battle from the firsthand point of view of this nineteen-year-old soldier. As an infantryman in France and Germany through the latter a part of the conflict, Standifer skilled the numbing boredom of day-by-day regimen and the adrenaline-pumping pleasure of wrestle. He recollects the affliction of wasting buddies in conflict and the decisive second while he slit the throat of an enemy soldier, thoughts that also hang-out him.

But Not in Vain is much greater than a traditional soldier's memoir. even supposing he recounts in bright aspect his own reports, Standifer additionally makes a miles broader inquiry into the forces that became a sheltered younger guy from a non secular, small-town historical past into an efficient soldier. growing to be up within the Baptist church, Standifer proposal he had discovered the variations among stable and evil, correct and unsuitable. yet after his days in conflict, ethical differences have been now not as clear.

Not in Vain files Standifer's lifelong debate with himself over the justification for struggle by way of contemplating not just his reactions in the course of wrestle but in addition the sentiments that experience remained with him for all times. He describes those excessive feelings in his account of a visit taken to Europe a long time after the battle and of his reunion with a few of the former individuals of his rifle corporation. Written with a view to come to phrases together with his involvement within the conflict, no longer in useless is a probing and well timed research of a citizen's commitment to his kingdom.

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The talk was mostly lies, but some were told with color and skill.  I kept quiet and listened.  Except me.  Even the math portion required only a little background; it mainly tested recognition of patterns and sequences.  Maybe they just did very poorly on the AGCT.  He was having a lot of trouble calculating elevations.  After the first week, I saw him at the end of each day when I gave him the data to file.  I couldn't go to the movie because I didn't have any money left and wouldn't get paid until I reached a permanent assignment.

I loved Clinton and tried to live by Truth and Virtue.  The words would come back to me bitterly at Nennig, a small town just inside Germany.  The man who was pastor while I was growing up became general secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention. " There were real dramatic possibilities in that.  But we also became dreamers and wanted to dare great deeds. " And we would sing a verse, and often a few more, feeling content that we were saved and enjoying the knowledge that we were leading someone else to Jesus.

On the few Saturdays when there wasn't some sort of church social, we could go to a girl's house and make candy.  The boys would have liked to do a little exploring, but we knew that nice girls didn't allow that sort of thing.  Scriptural questions had to be taken on faith.  We knew the right way to live, and Mississippi College was one of the best academic institutions in the country.  Neither I nor anyone else in town believed that quiet, shy little Leon might become a preacher; I dreamed of being an agricultural or medical missionary instead.

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