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When 17-year old freshman and former Boy Scout Frank Gurley placed second in his first Harvard varsity cross-country meet, he thought he had achieved the ultimate in courage and tenacity. Just over a year later, still shy of his 19th birthday, and still a scout of sorts (First Scout in an infantry rifle squad), Gurley came down from a frowning peak in the Vosges Mountains with far deeper insights into the meaning of valor and intrepid endurance . . . after his odyssey Into the Mountains Dark.

This extraordinary work is actually the result of an operational security violation and military offense for which the author could have been severely punished. Throughout his six months of combat as an enlisted man in the U.S. Seventh Army’s 100th Infantry Division in France and Germany, Private Gurley maintained an extensive, up-to-the hour journal in which he and his buddies painstakingly recorded every major incident in the life of their platoon. A former high school newspaper editor and sports stringer for The Harvard Crimson, the author risked the potential penalties for his actions and meticulously chronicled the fears, joys, gripes, thrills, and horrors he experienced from the moment he enlisted through V-E Day.

What might have been a prize for German intelligence or evidence in his court martial for keeping an unauthorized diary is now a boon to everyone who wants to know exactly what it was like to train and fight as an infantryman the last time the U.S. Army decisively defeated a formidable foe.

  Into the Mountains Dark
A WWII Odessey from Harvard Crimson to Infantry Blue
by Franklin L. Gurley
  • Seven highly detailed, original maps and diagrams
  • 40 photos and illustrations
  • 255 pages; notes
  • Soft Cover, 6" x 9" format
  • ISBN 10: 0-9666389-4-8
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-9666389-4-3
$19.95 Retail
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Members of the 100th Infantry Division Association and their family members

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