Private First Class Edward J. Valentine, my father, age 27, was drafted into the U.S. Army from his lifelong home in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1943.
During his induction he received his first pair of eyeglasses, thus he would not be issued a rifle and while receiving his inoculations he fainted, as I would almost do 25 years later.
Thus, in the breath of military intelligence he was sent to Fort Meade, South Dakota, where he trained to be a medic and was assigned to the Fourth Cavalry. He remained a cavalry medic until his discharge in November 1945 and would soldier with them, training with Patton in the California desert, at Paris, Texas, before shipping overseas to the Goodwood, Chichester area of England from December, 1943 until shortly after D-Day.
A photo DVD with music of my personal “Voie de la Liberte” can be viewed on my Facebook for free. Search firstname.lastname@example.org This 19:33 video, with music, contains my personal photographs of my observance of the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy It is my way of saying, “Merci beaucoup,” to all WW II ETO veterans who participated in the liberation of western Europe.