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Battle of the Bulge Veteran Publishes Memoir

A Spring Ridge, MD resident has published a memoir about his time as an Army infantryman during World War II.

Don Rosenthal, who fought during the Battle of the Bulge, is 91.

"91 and having fun," he said.

He started putting his book, "A Life Lived Well," together last year, with the help of his daughter Sheree Moyer and a ghostwriter. He was motivated to write the book after talking to his nephew, who has written his own books.

He dictated much of it to his daughter, who put together his records and sent them to the ghostwriter.

His daughter has been his caretaker for about six years. Rosenthal said she wrote down notes for him when he told his war stories.

"He never talked about the war until recently," Moyer said. "I didn't know any of his stories. Basically what's in the book is the same thing I know."

Rosenthal was drafted in 1944, and reported to Florida for basic training.

"During marching drills, one sergeant was barking orders to the company, telling us what were were supposed to do -- and marching backwards. He tripped, but on his way down he was still shouting our orders," Rosenthal said in his memoir.

Rosenthal noted that he did leave out some of the more grisly parts of combat. They were "too bloody," he said.

"I just told the basic story," he said.

He was injured on the second day of the Battle of the Bulge in France in 1944, getting a concussion and a scratch from flying shrapnel.

An earlier infection from living in a foxhole sent him to the hospital long enough for his mother to get a letter from the U.S. government.

"My parents were notified that I was 'missing in action,'" Rosenthal wrote. "Poor things!"

His family found out about 10 days later that he was injured, not missing.

Rosenthal also told his story for the Frederick County Veterans History Project. The project's volunteers collect veterans stories and send them to the Library of Congress to become part of an archive.

More than 400 Library of Congress Veterans History Project donors are from Maryland, including families and organizations such as the Frederick County Veterans History Project.

Rosenthal sent nearly 20 copies of his memoir out to friends and relatives.

"Some fortunately called back and said they liked it," Rosenthal said. ___

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