World War II Army Medical Tech Sergeant LeRoy Maleck born in 1922, grew up in Depression Era Chicago, Illinois. When war came he, with a waiver, enlisted in the Army, in 1942.
During his time serving as a infantry medic with the 35th Infantry Division 137th Regiment he and his buddies walked across France, Belgium, and Germany and were in some of the most brutal battles faced by our army in World War II.
During basic training events transpired, as events would continue to, that lead the author to ask, “What in the hell am I doing here?”
He vowed to write about the accounts of his service. This is that book.
For his service in Europe with the 137th Infantry Regiment LeRoy Maleck was the recipient of The Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Purple Heart.
On D-Day + 60 years, June 6, 2004, he, along with 99 other American veterans received the French Medal “Legion of Honor”, during a Ceremony in Paris, France and Omaha Beach.
LeRoy Maleck is a retired optometrist, design engineer and inventor, currently living in Galesburg, Illinois.
His original manuscript has appeared on the Library of Congress’s Veterans project web page as a page turner.