Ross S. Carter
Instead of just putting an image of his book in my sidebar, I decided to make this post. Ross Carter’s personal account, which covers everything from their training in North Africa, to the Battle of the Bulge, will grab you by the throat and won’t let go.
I can still recall bits and pieces of his story, from a somewhat threadbare memory of that one read. While in North Africa, during a training jump, an unfortunate soldier landed in a damn cactus, and was impaled. He died from his injuries. What a grisly memory to carry around… It remains one of the most compelling accounts on the vicious battles, and horrors of war I could recommend.
I was further stunned to discover (via a bio on the book’s back cover) that having surviving all of this, he died of Cancer two years later. Life can hand out very cruel blows.
Born in Duffield, Virginia, The United States January 09, 1919
Died April 18, 1947
“Those Devils in Baggy Pants” is considered to be one of the finest World War II autobiographies ever published.