The Hidden Legacy of World War II: A Daughter’s Journey of Discovery

by Carol Schultz Vento

Author: Carol Schultz Vento is a former Political Science professor and attorney. She received her undergraduate degree and her doctorate from Temple University and her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. She is the daughter of World War II veteran Arthur ‘Dutch’ Schultz, the 82nd Airborne paratrooper who was portrayed in the D-Day movie The Longest Day and whose war experiences have been written about in books about the European Theater in World War II. Carol is a native of Philadelphia and lives in Palmyra, New Jersey with her husband Frank. They have an adult daughter.

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Author’s note: Daughters, fathers and war – three words seldom used together. In “The Hidden Legacy of World War II: A Daughter’s Journey of Discovery”, Carol Schultz Vento weaves life with her paratrooper father into the larger narrative of World War II and the homecoming of the Greatest Generation. The book describes the seldom told story of how the war trauma of World War II impacted one family. This personal story is combined with the author’s thorough research and investigation of the reality for those World War II veterans who could not forget the horrors of war. This nonfiction work fills in the missing pieces of the commonly accepted societal view of World War II veterans as stoic and unwavering, a true but incomplete portrait of that generation of warrior.

My review: I only knew one WW II vet willing to talk of his combat experiences. Most didn’t or wouldn’t. Many suffered from post traumatic stress, although it wasn’t called that then, and their families suffered as a result. Vento tells her story, as well as others’, and has started a Sons & Daughters of WW II Facebook page for survivors.

Arthur Bernard “Dutch” Schultz is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

4 comments

  1. It seems the myth of WWII as “the good war” is being debunked, one story at a time. My dad didn’t see combat in WWII (extremely bad eyesight), but he saw the aftermath of combat in the Philippines and New Guinea, which spurred his decision to go into the ministry.

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