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Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War

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A secret is revealed long after the battlefield death of a beloved and courageous army officer. His young widow, in an act of love, is inspired to climb to the treacherous north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps to find solace. She discovers years later that those who survived the war - his comrades devoted to keeping his memory alive - would bring the ultimate healing i ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published May 17th 2014 by Elm Grove Press (first published May 13th 2014)
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Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I received this book from Goodreads and the publisher for my review.
The Advanced Reader's Edition book was for me an unusual story.
The author, Ruth W Crocker, kept my interest through out - which is good because this type of story could have lulled me to sleep - IT DIDN'T. Her story becomes so convincing and CLEAR that you feel that you are right there by her side.

Her fierce desire to exhume his coffin after 40 years in the ground (not the body for he was cremated) and to retrieve the personal
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I recieved this book from Goodreads First Reads.**

How do you deal with loss so great that it consumes you? How do you come to terms with the fact that the man you married, loved and adored will never hold you again? How long will it take for your memories of that person to fade, until photographs are the only thing that helps you remember? When dealing with grief, some of us cry, scream, hide ourselves away? In this story of loss and remembrance, the one left behind by the spoils and blood of
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Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Ruth Crocker grew up with her three brothers in a hard-working and somewhat isolated pacifist, anti-war Quaker family in deeply-rooted, historic Old Mystic, CT. She was an innocent child who attended a fundamentalist church in Quakertown with her father, who subscribed to much—but not quite all—of the Quaker teachings. (They did have a television in their home.) Meanwhile, her future husband, an inquisitive child and natural born leader, was growing up in a career Army officer's family with his ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I admittedly do not know a lot about the Vietnam War, so when the opportunity to read this book written by a widow of a Captain in the U.S. Army who was killed in Vietnam I jumped at the chance. There is something about reading a first person true version of our history that makes any topic infinitely more interesting.

This is a powerful emotional personal account from Ruth. She shares her background growing up in a peaceful religious family and how she met and fell in love with her beloved hus
Patricia Levack
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Living in a border town I was acquainted with a few Americans that were soldiers during the Vietnam conflict, one who died at a young age because of agent orange. My family has a history of serving in the Canadian military both male and female. That is the reason that I was interested in reading this free Goodreads book. I found it moving because of the normal existance of Ruth's life and how others treated her because she married a soldier, being widowed at such a young age and the decisions sh ...more
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. Thank You!!!

This book combines my favorite literary themes: love lost, war, mystery and surprising revelations. Plus, it is based on a true story. The author presents a very engrossing story here and even when I thought she is mad for wanting to exhume her deceased husband's body, I felt so connected to her emotions that her near obsession with finding closure seemed as natural as anything in the midst of her consuming grief. I d
Sheri White
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads.
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did, but read it from start to finish within 24 hours. The book might have benefited from a bit more careful editing and the author seemed to take a while to find her rhythm, but neither a big enough issue to detract from a great story. This is the first book I had read that was a first-person account of widowhood from war and also that of the Vietnam experience. It was an excellent blend of the autho
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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There were times that I loved the story and shed tears as I read. Having lost a husband, way before his time, I could understand many of the feeling. I would never have buried all that I had of my husband as she did, but we all grieve different. But when she decided to dig them all up and what she found......that you will have to read to understand.
Marisa Young
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very personal story of a woman who becomes a widow at the age of twenty-three when her husband is killed in Vietnam. Book takes you back to the sixties and life at that time. It also provides insight to life of a military spouse. Story tells you how one person dealt with loss and grief and, many years later, connecting with those that served with her husband.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
My husband was in Vietnam same time as her husband. Mine survived only to be taken by agent orange at age 64. I found it hard to relate to her story. First, book is way too long and very repetitive. And she rambles. I was pretty disappointed overall.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I cannot even begin imagining what it must have been like to lose a husband after three years of marriage due to war.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ruth Crocker is a beautiful, lyrical writer who crafts her story very well. Those Who Remain is a beautiful, touching memoir.
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Being a Vietnam Veteran myself, I’m one of the millions who returned to the “World” and put the War behind me. I simply melded back into American society and became a “regular” person. I discarded my past and started anew. It wasn’t until forty years later that I revisited my past and learned a great deal about myself when I co-authored memoirs of my service to my country.

In the last 15 years there has been a plethora of memoirs and historical analysis about what transpired in this lo
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Ruth W. Crocker's essays and other nonfiction writing have been recognised in Best American Essays and as a finalist for the Literary Awards Program of the Santa Fe Writers Project. She is the author of several magazine and journal articles that have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Grace Magazine, O-Dark-Thirty, T.A.P.S. Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post and elsewhere. An excerpt from her mem ...more

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