At left: Photographed in Paris, France, August 29, 1944, in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. Left to right: Captain Herbert Brill, Sergeant John Cooper, Corporal Bill Dyer, and Sergeant David Rothbart. See entry of 8/29/44--"Captain Brill, John Cooper, Bill Dyer and I got into a jeep and went to look for the Regimental Command Post in Paris. Someone happened to bring along a camera and we took some pictures. 'Paris is verily gay and the women--oo, la, la!!!"
Through the miracle of E-mail, I saw this photo for the first time 56 years later, in the year 2000.
12/10/42 My fellow soldier said to me, "Rothbart, I want you to write in your journal what I said on this date. In 20 years the same thing will happen and we'll find ourselves in war again."
1/13/43 Contrary to an impression one may have of army life, soldiers do not cringe before men of higher rank. The lowly private, seasoned and tempered by hard knocks, does not flinch before his platoon sergeant's reproofs, and certainly not at his corporal's.
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