American soldiers

On the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 came the end of World War I, “the war to end all wars.” Yet American soldiers are fighting today for a cause that political leaders of America have deemed worthy. With Veterans Day approaching, we are offered a time to celebrate and honor soldiers who have made sacrifices for our country, some who have given their “last full measure of devotion.” See story about today’s American soldiers on page 15.

Contributed photo
To commemorate Veterans Day, The River Reporter presents a selection of photos taken by the late Ralph Brauser with the camera he smuggled into World War II combat action. Brauser, who lived in Beach Lake, PA, was a corporal first class in the U.S. Army’s 20th Amphibious Combat Engineers. (Click for larger version)
From the collection of Ralph Brauser
Ralph’s squad and platoon, 1340th Engineers, B Company. (Click for larger version)
From the collection of Ralph Brauser
Machine gun covering the road in Germany, 1945. (Click for larger version)
From the collection of Ralph Brauser
Ralph and Maine at Rodent, Germany, just before clearing the Rhine. (Click for larger version)
From the collection of Ralph Brauser
Kassel, Germany, April 1945 (Click for larger version)