Circling the Square

Connie and her dog Eleanor Rigby take a rest after hiking to Lower Calf Falls near Escalante, Utah.

“The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your son Private Glenn M. Hartzell was killed in action on 30 September in Italy.”

This was the dreaded telegram delivered to my grandmother in 1944. That is the only information that the family received. Glenn was my mother’s brother. He died on Sept. 30, but the family wasn’t notified until Oct. 20. He was 19 years old and had graduated from Evanston High School just the year before. A letter later arrived stating that he had been killed by artillery fire and died on a stretcher while being evacuated to an aid station. The location was Mount Battaglia in northern Italy. His remains didn’t come home for four years.

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