Because He Loved Grandpa

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Hillcrest Publishing Group, 2009 - Grandparent and child - 241 pages
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Growing up at his Grandpa's knee - hearing stories of the World War II heroism and valor of what has been called "The Greatest Generation" - Greg Ridgley dreamed that his life would hold just as much value. Unfortunately, as times changed, so did the political and moral compasses of the America his Grandpa had fought for. As Greg reached adulthood, he found that some of his biggest, and most difficult, battles would be the ones he fought within himself. From his short stint as a police officer in Sin City, to his wartime experiences in Iraq and subsequent struggles with God and readjustment, Greg pulls no punches as he relates what he and those around him experienced. Accompanied by personal photos from Greg's private journey, he tells a complete story - explaining that God never abandoned him after all. In a writing style that is both immediate and reflective, Greg writes about the challenges of trying to make a life which fulfills not only his own expectations, but those of his wife and children. And - most importantly - he writes out of love for his own personal hero, the WWII veteran known to him simply as "Grandpa."
 

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Contents

Authors Note
1
Phase II Metro Northeast
20
He Was Lost and Has Been Found
35
OCS
58
The Sandbox
81
Big Red One
96
Lord Have Mercy
112
Soup Sandwich
133
The Dirty Dozen
148
Shell of the Man
170
The Trauma Nurse
194
Just Politics
218
Afterword
239
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