VETERANS: No Matter What's Left

Boyish-looking, 24-year-old Aubrey Holland was a medical aid man with the Fifth Army in Italy. During the bloody crossing of the Rapido River, while he was helping the wounded, he was badly hurt himself. The fighting rolled on and Holland lay unattended on the river bank with a shattered arm and leg. He lay there for four days. When medics finally got to him, his feet and one hand were frozen. Doctors amputated both his legs.

After months of convalescence, Private Holland wrote a letter home to West Conshohocken, Pa., to his sweetheart, Doris Jane Ruth: "Don't wait for me, I'm...

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