J.D. Salinger war hero!
The military service and experience of the famous reclusive American author J.D. Salinger now the subject of a book: "J. D. Salinger and the Nazis" by Eberhard Alsen
Thanks to tip from D.C. at Jungle Trader.
"Uncovering the impact of Salinger's World War II experience"
"Before J.D. Salinger became famous for his 1951 novel "The Catcher in the Rye" and infamous as a literary recluse, he was a soldier in World War II. While serving in the U.S. Army's Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) in Europe, Salinger wrote more than twenty short stories and returned home with a German war bride."
This image might actually be of J. D. Salinger wading ashore at Utah Beach, 6 June 1944! Carrying M1 carbine with his right hand and typewriter in bag with the other hand. Can a devoted reader to the blog or anyone else for that matter either confirm or deny with any degree of veracity this is Salinger?
J. D. as counter-intelligence not a combat arms soldier per se. His mission primarily I might think to unmask collaborators spying for the German and stay-behind operatives. American troops during the Normandy Invasion told to not be too friendly with the French, the fear being sabotage and espionage by French fascists on behalf of the German.
J. D. too during post-war his counter-intelligence mission continuing during the occupation of Germany, rooting out Nazi die-hard elements as still active.
J. D. as a result of his military experiences perhaps suffering from today is diagnosed as PTSD?