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    3.5 Stars Some months ago my 16 year old son asked me Mum if there was another War and Ireland had to contribute troops would I be drafted The hairs stood on the back of my neck as this was something I had never ever thought about as Ireland had been neutral in the past wars and while thousands of young Irish men volunteered to fight the Germans alongside the British in World War II conscription was not a factor I dread the empty nest syndrome when College comes into play But what must a parent feel when a Child is drafted in Wartime to fight..for me it just doesn t bear thinking about and when I saw this book I felt I needed to read it as this small town had lost so many to WarJune 6, 1944 Nineteen boys from Bedford, Virginia population just 3,000 in 1944 died in the first bloody minutes of D Day They were part of Company A of the 116th Regiment of the 29th Division, and the first wave of American soldiers to hit the beaches in Normandy Later in the campaign, three boys from this small Virginia town died of gunshot wounds Twenty two sons of Bedford lost it is a story one cannot easily forget and one that the families of Bedford will never forget.The book is well written and the war scenes well depicted and gut wrenching but the author focuses on the human element of the story with so many interviews from family members and surviving soldiers and letters home from men that would never return So many young men died instantly on D Day and as one of the Interviewees stated the heroes were not only the ones who died but also the ones who came home and lived with these images for the rest of their lives A worthwhile and engaging read that focuses on the sacrifices made by these men and their families and a book that will stay with me.

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    I enjoyed this book and its focus on a relatively small group of men and the families they left behind Most of them joined the national guard during the depression for the extra money Company A was from small town Bedford and included cousins, brothers, and friends They were federalized before the US got into the war, and after Pearl Harbor they were in for the remainder of the conflict After extensive training, they hit Omaha beach on D day as part of the first wave Not everyone died, but most did This could have been a depressing book Instead, I found it to be a poignant reminder that freedom is not free A few highlights from the book Training was long view spoiler When an American evangelist erected a sign in Ivybridge the village in England where they were training asking where will you spend eternity someone scrawled in England across it hide spoiler

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    Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor They fight not for the lust of conquest They fight to end conquest They fight to liberate They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home Some will never return Embrace these, Father and receive them President Roosevelt, New York Times, June 7, 1944, as quoted in The Bedford Boys No matter how many books on war I read, nothing compares to Alex Kershaw s compassion, humanistic insight, meticulous research, eye for era enhancing details, literary integrity, clear concise indexing, and flowing readability The Bedford Boys exemplifies Kershaw s ability to bring historical war campaigns events to life including the days weeks years leading up to and following through honorable fortitude, unapologetic reality, and tactful sensitivity least we forget that freedom isn t free Those who signed blank checks for our freedom then paid in full on D Day are than just statistics in a history book or a litany of names on a memorial wall they are a mother s son brother, husband, father, uncle, neighbor twenty two of which are Bedford, Virginia boys and they are America s boys, who deserve never to be forgotten.Five praiseworthy, powerful stars

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    A very good and interesting account of a group of men from A Company, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, who were part of the first wave at Omaha Beach in 1944 I found the book easy to read and captivating, following these men from enlistment and training to the beaches at Normandy A deeply touching book about a bunch of normal people from the small town of Bedford and what happened to them and their families, highly recommended.

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    Amazing and sad book My great uncle, Gordon Henry White, Jr was one of the Bedford Boys He and other men from Bedford were in the first company to hit the beaches on D Day He died that day along with most of the men in his company This was a great glimpse into the lives of these families and the small town that suffered so much It gives first hand accounts from the few survivors of the initial attack and talks to the families about what it was like for them before, during, and after the war.

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    4 Stars for a somber, hard hitting story about one of the first units to hit Omaha beach on D Day If you have seen Saving Private Ryan , you will get an idea of what they met at the water s edge To read about the men and their families, before, during and after brought it so close to home I recently drove by Bedford, VA but didn t want to stop until I read this book I ll be back that way again soon and will stop to really appreciate the National D Day Memorial.

  7. says:

    So very sad, but a great reminder of the sacrifices of others so I could be free.

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    This is a heartbreaking read Knowing that this story follows one town and the loss of 22 men on or very shortly after D Day in one particular unit is so tough I cannot imagine the grief that community had to deal with This book is researched and written very well I definitely felt sad and tense during the majority of it This is an important read about how sacrifice in the Armed Forces ripples out from the nuclear family and essentially touches everyone on some level.

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    Sad, compelling, and important The story this book tells is infinitely relatable to anyone who lived in a small town in America My Grandfather served in the war and grew up in a very similarly sized town in Maine I remember hearing their stories of how the war impacted the town I can t imagine the impact on the town if 19 of its own had died in one day This is what happened to Bedford, VA and why the author chose the title he did I recently travelled to Bedford, VA to visit the National D Day Memorial located there While perusing the gift shop, my eye caught this book and so I bought it Having toured the memorial, and driven around the small town of Bedford, the story was so much meaningful and heartbreaking In many ways this story symbolizes what the war was all about The sacrifice made by the people of this town was great and we owe them a great deal This book does a great job of following the boys through training at Fort Meaded, in Florida, in New Jersey, and then the agonizing months in England waiting for their chance at combat The author brings several of the Bedford boys to life so that when they die on the beach you feel the impact even Company A was chosen to be the first to hit the sands at Omaha Beach where casualties would be the highest Most of the Bedford boys were in Company A and so many died soon after hitting the beach on D Day, some without ever having fired a shot at the enemy The author does a nice job interviewing the families of the Bedford boys as well as those few who survived to show how the war impacted the community and what led to the building of the memorial Bedford was chosen by the US Congress as the site for the memorial because it had way of its citizens die per capita on D Day than any other Allied town or city in the world It was hard to put this book down, but if you are interested in it, please visit the National D Day Memorial in this town The Memorial is very large and magnificent and well worth one s time It makes the book even relatable and compelling It s hard to explain but when I got out of the car and looked at the Memorial with its Overlord arch, it s marble replica of a Higgins Landing craft, and the bronze soldiers struggling up a faux beach with water around them surrounded by the glorious Blue Ridge mountains and peaceful quiet of a small town, I just got goose bumps The whole thing is just perfect, I think the Bedford boys would approve Great book and great story

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    I can easily relate to little All American town of Bedford, VA as when I received my draft number for the Vietnam War, the population of my hometown was slightly less than Bedford s 3,000 residents during World War II The Bedford community was devastated when 19 young men were killed on D Day, June 6, 1944, while taking control of the strategic sandy shore along Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.The male youths, who gravitated to become members of the local National Guard, were caught up in the swell when President Franklin D Roosevelt adhered to Congress and declared war While each individual tried to digest the ramifications of war, as a group they were totally unaware that their future would role would be so historic With no alternative, the boys, as new members of the U.S Army, A Company, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division were quickly swept away for escalated extensive training in distant locations The book is very griping at times I was personally saddened to comprehend and read the accounts of some members, who looked forward to an emotional farewell visit home that never materialized When the war was over Bedford counted 22 men who had given their life for our nation Some were buried in France, while others were transported home for burial Author Alex Kershaw is a very professional writer This book is a must for any WWII library.

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