With my dad in front of Mom’s sister’s house in Five Points, Alabama, 1944, where I would soon be stricken by polio and from where I would regularly travel the fifty-nine miles to Warm Springs, Georgia, for treatment. Dad was home on leave from basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas. He entered combat in March of 1945 and remained in the fight until the end of the war in Europe—VE Day, May 8, 1945.

Photo courtesy of US Senator Mitch McConnell Archives