After some twenty years of research into original frontline letters, the US military’s Individual Deceased Personnel files, and accounts of the chaotic Korean War, author Sherri Steward has recovered a story that was lost for more than seventy years. Bringing Davy Home: In the Shadow of War, a Soldier’s Daughter Remembers chronicles the brutal combat experiences of two small-town Texas boys. One, an underage soldier, was killed in action only three weeks after arriving in Korea. Months later, the older brother he admired—a decorated World War II veteran—was compelled to join the same war that had already fractured his family.
Bringing Davy Home examines the grievous burden heaped upon our warriors and their families, themselves forgotten casualties in the web of war. Through personal communications and interviews with hundreds of veterans and their families, Steward provides a haunting examination of the minds and hearts of young men who were thrust onto savage battlefields in service to their nation. Many did not survive. Many others came home alive but still carrying the shattering emotional burdens imposed by the horrors they witnessed.
In 2023, there were more than 16 million veterans, thousands of whom remained tormented by indelible memories of war. Bringing Davy Home will shed new light on the pervasive problem of PTSD among our warriors, solemnly accounting the psychological costs paid by service members and their families.
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Published by Texas A&M University Press