Answering the Bell: The Stories of a Farm Boy, Soldier, and Working Man

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Mill City Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 196 pages
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The Dust Bowl, the War, and a Life of Hard Work... Duane Potter spent twenty-six years answering the service bell at his gas stations in Great Bend, Kansas. But before he ever heard his first customer say "fill 'er up," he had endured some of the worst 1930s dust storms that rolled across the eastern Colorado plains and had fought alongside his Army buddies across much of Europe. He came of age during the hardest of times in the hardest of areas -- the Great Depression in the vast Dust Bowl of the Southern Plains. He then went on to join the Army, land at Omaha Beach in Normandy, and brave war's infinite dangers as his unit fought its way through Europe, all the way to the Elbe River. When he returned home, Duane became co-owner of a full-service gas station. This book recounts the extraordinary and often hilarious stories told by this farm boy, soldier, and Kansas working man. Readers will learn about his life in the Dust Bowl, his wartime experiences, and especially, his days as operator of a full-service filling station. In the end, this is a story about a man who not only "answered the bell" at his service stations, but also answered the call to serve country and family. Like those of so many other members of the Greatest Generation, his stories deserve to be told.

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