Early in 1942, a young man from Rhode Island, Tony Pritchard went into the U.S. Army. By the time he returned home more than five years later, he had been all over the United States and Western Europe, had led troops in combat, had nearly died, had worked with refugees, and in general had encountered a world far wider and far more brutal than anything he had known.
Years later his son Arnie inherited Tony's old army foot locker. It turned out to contain hundreds of letters, photos, and other documents from this time. These sources vividly portray the people, places, and events which he encountered. They also portray the hopes, fears, and passions which he and others struggled with as they played their parts in the largest conflict in human history.
As Arnie became immersed in wartime material, a narrative began to emerge, and he put his father's letters into a presentation designed to entertain, to educate, and to enlighten. Arnie is now an historical World War II storyteller, chronicling Tony's experience of the European in this unique and moving presentation.
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