Honoring the Doughboys by Jeffrey Lowdermilk is a moving, poignant journey through World War I Europe. The author found his grandfather’s WW1 diary, and decided to follow in his footsteps, literally through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. This book would make a beautiful gift for anyone with an interest in First World War history. Keep reading to see what reviewers have said about this title.
“This is a uniquely beautiful and touching book by a renowned photographer… I believe this book is a moving portrait of the history of about a century ago, when the world was so troubled. Anyone interested in history will find this book very touching and worthwhile because it truly makes history come alive in an unforgettable way.”
—Bonnie Neely, Real Travel Adventures
“Honoring the Doughboys: Following My Grandfather’s World War I Diary is a lasting and loving tribute to the honor and memory of all Americans who served their country during World War I, especially the ‘doughboys,’ the common foot soldiers who fought in Europe for liberty and a better world. The words of Jeff Lowdermilk’s grandfather, taken from his war-time diary, speak viscerally to us about his experiences. As illustrations accompanying these words, none could be more appropriate than Lowdermilk’s photographs, as they provide a visual record of the legacy of service and sacrifice of many thousands who did their patriotic duty.”
—Jonathan R. Casey, Museum Archivist, National World War I Museum
“Jeff Lowdermilk has made a significant contribution to the public memory of World War I… Because of his passionate dedication to this subject, the valorous service of his grandfather and all the grandfathers—including my own—who fought to defend freedom will not be forgotten.”
—Dr. Brent D. Glass, Director Emeritus, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
“Jeff Lowdermilk has done more than provide a civic service—remembering the thousands of American doughboys who fought and died for freedom on the fields of France, Belgium, and Germany during World War I. He has done more than give us a personal testament to his grandfather’s bravery, memory, and the heartfelt relationship between a young man and his wise elder. He has given us a work of art.”
—Bruce C. McKenna, creator, writer, and producer of HBO’s Emmy Award-winning miniseries, The Pacific, and writer of the television series, Band of Brothers
Bonus: See what Jeffrey Lowdermilk said about his journey in this article from the Albuquerque Journal.
About the Book
Honoring the Doughboys: Following My Grandfather’s World War I Diary is a stunning presentation of contemporary photographs taken by the author that are paired with diary entries written by his grandfather, George A. Carlson, who was a soldier in the U.S. Army during World War I. Lowdermilk followed his grandfather’s path through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany and returned with these meticulously crafted photographs and his own engaging stories that bring the diary to life for contemporary readers.
Lowdermilk’s passion for World War I and military history began as a young boy when he listened to his grandfather tell his stories about serving as an infantryman— a “doughboy”—in Europe during the Great War. When his grandfather passed away in 1983, Lowdermilk’s mother gave him her father’s diary, which included not only lengthy descriptions of the landscapes, towns, and battles he had experienced, but also keen observations and insights about life as a doughboy for Mr. Carlson and his buddies.
Lowdermilk became fascinated with the diary, first transcribing it and then plotting his grandfather’s course. He immersed himself in the history of World War I and its geography, eventually retracing, more than a dozen years, the path of his grandfather’s journey.
This image-rich tour of European landscapes, battlefields, and monuments offers the reader an experience that is at once an intimate reliving of Carlson’s time as a doughboy, a lively collection of Lowdermilk’s travel anecdotes, and a moving expression of gratitude to American veterans of the Great War. The foreword by Helen Patton, granddaughter of General George S. Patton, Jr., adds an extra dimension to the narrative.
** Nominated for a 2015 IPPY Award” from the Independent Publishers Association **