"Why Porter? He was one of the best. Why just hours
before the war ended?" (Memoir, page 178)
In 1983 Charles
Remsburg discovered a cache of 194 letters
he'd written to his parents during World War II,
when he served in Europe in the infantry and as a public
relations officer. He used them to write an excellent memoir.
His second assignment, coming in March 1945, seemed to
have taken him out of harm's way, but on May 7, one
of his best buddies, also a PR man, was killed by a German
shell. The next day, the end of the hostilities in Europe
was announced, and Remsburg felt a kind of bitter relief,
expressed eloquently on pages
177-180 of his memoir.