WWII Military Troops/Guitars II
Here is a special photo that I was asked to post for a family member who served during WWII. Since most images lose their history over time due to forgotton memories, I am lucky to obtain the history with these. I have never been a great storyteller, thus the following words are from Carol and John Gilman:
'James (Jim) Gilman was born Dec. 31, 1919. He was a 24 year old soldier who was lost in WWII in Northern France after being in combat for over 500 days with the 157th infantry. Jim's legacy was that he was a kind man, opposed to war, who wrote poetry on the battlefield, under the harshest conditions. He was an aspiring guitarist/singer bent towards country/early folk music. Family lore is he had recorded an early vinyl just prior to being drafted. The record unfortunately has been lost...One treasure that remains is a picture of him in basic training playing his guitar on the front steps of his barracks.'