FOREWORD BY:TIM CORNISH, SON OF PFC. ROBERT E.CORNISH, COMPANY K, 1ST. BATTALION, 15TH REGIMENT, 3RD INFANTRY
My father, Robert Cornish, served with Company K, 1st Battalion, 15th Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division during World War II. After sustaining wounds at Anzio he was sent stateside to Ashford General Hospital at White Sulphur Springs West Virginia until his discharge in June 1945. He never talked much about his experiences except to relate briefly how he was wounded. He passed away in 1996 and I started searching for others who might share their experiences hopefully to gain a better understanding of what my father went through. I finally found Sherman Pratt and got his book. I also came into contact with Norman and through him and his story I have gained a much better understanding of my father’s journey. I just want to say thank you for sharing your friendship and story with me and for providing contacts with Mike, Lee, and Lew.
I regret that my Dad is not here to enjoy the benefits of the internet that have allowed me to come to know men like Norman and Sherman Pratt. He would have enjoyed exchanging stories and their comradeship. Working on this internet version of your story I believe my father is walking beside me.
I echo the sentiments of Mike, Lee, and Lew in saying Thank you Norman for telling your story for your story is our father’s story. You have helped us to know what it was like for our fathers. God Bless you, all our veterans and those who serve to this day to protect our Freedom.
A Proud Son of the 3rd,