Chapter 3, “On Anzio beach I didn't think I was going to make it.”

The Invasion of Italy

Floyd told me that his life on the farm and in the logging camps of Vermont were what prepared him for the military and for the War.  He had learned to live  with other loggers in close quarters for long periods of time.  Long days of hard work under demanding conditions, a natural mechanical aptitude, skill with tools and equipment and the constant dangers of logging were his education. 

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 Life in the woods had made him tough and strong and by the time he entered the army he “was used to living dangerously.” So, when he had to face combat in the invasion of Italy in 1942, he “could take it better than some.”

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