Friedenberg’s medic stories resonate with family
Regarding the recent story, “Local veterans pool resources for tribute to WWII medic”:
My husband, John Sowerby, read the article about World War II medic Bernie Friedenberg, and it really hit home with him. My husband’s father (also John Sowerby) was a medic in the Big Red 1st Division of the U.S. Army. He was in the first wave that landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Over the years his father talked to my husband about his experiences not only at D-Day but about all the other battles he was in, from North Africa to Italy, Omaha Beach and finally Germany, where he was quite severely injured and sent back to the states to recover. The things Friedenberg saw and had to deal with sounded very similar to the stories my husband relayed to me that his father told him. What horrific, haunting memories they carried with them for the rest of their lives, but at least they lived.
I was a nurse in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era. I cared for many war-injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Valley Forge Army Hospital.
I ordered Friedenberg’s book for my husband and we sent a donation for the statue. We hope the article will generate interest and major donations to bring the statue to fruition.
Diana Stover-Sowerby North Cape May