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The Memoirs of Command Sergeant Major Tadeusz Gaweda As Written by Charles E. Glover

In full flight from the advancing Russian army, Nazi legions pour into Kamien-Koszyrski, Poland, in November 1943. The Nazi troops invade the town in a frenzy, routing townspeople from their homes and loading them onto horse-drawn wagons – the first step in what will become a nightmare journey to a German labor camp.

Ten-year-old Tadeusz Gaweda, his parents, and seven brothers and sisters pile into a wagon with blankets, the clothes on their backs, and a few personal items. Fierce Ukrainian partisans twice ambush the convoy, killing indiscriminately.

Tadeusz and his family are rescued by advancing American GIs who liberated the camp. The soldier saviors become Tadeusz’s heroes, and by the time he emigrates to the United States in 1949, his dream is to join the United States Army.

As he rises rapidly in rank, medals, citations, badges, and other decorations cover the front of his uniform. In 1984 Gaweda reaches the pinnacle of his career when he becomes command sergeant major of the XVIII Airborne Corps, the top enlisted man among 84,000 soldiers.

"Ted Gaweda has put in print a clear picture of himself as a kid who had a dream..." -- Command Sergeant Major Kenneth Merritt, U.S. Army (Ret.)

"This patriotic message about the life of `The Greatest Soldier I Ever Knew' should be required reading...” -- Major General Claude T. Ivey, U.S. Army (Ret.)

“Your story is an inspiration to everyone who must accomplish the mission and take care of soldiers.” -- Colonel Timothy A. Scully, U.S. Army

[Hardcover, 268 pages, Tadeusz Gaweda]

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