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Honoring the Doughboys:
Following My Grandfather's World War I Diary

by Jeffrey A. Lowdermilk
with a foreword by Helen Patton

An unforgettable tribute to the American doughboys of World War I on the 100th anniversary of the Great War!

Honoring the Doughboys: Following My Grandfather's World War I Diary is a stunning presentation of contemporary photographs taken by the author that are paired with diary entries written by his grandfather, George A. Carlson, who was a soldier in the U.S. Army during World War I. Lowdermilk followed his grandfather's path through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany and returned with these meticulously crafted photographs and his own engaging stories that bring the diary to life for contemporary readers.

Lowdermilk's passion for World War I and military history began as a young boy when he listened to his grandfather tell his stories about serving as an infantryman— a "doughboy"—in Europe during the Great War. When his grandfather passed away in 1983, Lowdermilk's mother gave him her father's diary, which included not only lengthy descriptions of the landscapes, towns, and battles he had experienced, but also keen observations and insights about life as a doughboy for Mr. Carlson and his buddies.

Lowdermilk became fascinated with the diary, first transcribing it and then plotting his grandfather's course. He immersed himself in the history of World War I and its geography, eventually retracing, more than a dozen years, the path of his grandfather's journey.

This image-rich tour of European landscapes, battlefields, and monuments offers the reader an experience that is at once an intimate reliving of Carlson's time as a doughboy, a lively collection of Lowdermilk's travel anecdotes, and a moving expression of gratitude to American veterans of the Great War. The foreword by Helen Patton, granddaughter of General George S. Patton, Jr., adds an extra dimension to the narrative.

Endorsed by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.

Nominated for a 2015 IPPY Award" from the Independent Publishers Association.


$45.00 U.S. (trade discount) No e-book has been authorized.
Hardcover/PLC with jacket
128 pages with 2 color maps, 2 historic black-and-white photographs, and 50 color photographs by the author
10.0" x 9.0" horizontal/landscape
ISBN: 978–1–938086–18–2

Published in August 2014

Distributed by Casemate/IPM
No e-book has been authorized.

About the Author

Book Events:
September 15, 2015 from 7-8pm
Edwin A. Bemis Public Library, Littleton, CO
Book Presentation and Signing

April 26 at 1 p.m. and 27
Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
Book Presentation and Signing

February 17, 2015
Tattered Cover (Main Store), Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado
Book Presentation and Signing

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
History Colorado Center, Denver, CO
Book Presentation and Signing (click for more information)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM
Book Presentation and Signing (click for flyer)

A Parallel Journey: A Grandson's Tribute to a World War I Hero article on the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Blog (click to read)


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