The Remains of Company D

A Story of the Great War

James Carl Nelson

St. Martin's Griffin

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The Remains of Company D follows the members of Company D, 28th Infantry Regiment, United States First Division, from enlistment to combat and the effort to recover their remains, focusing on the three major battles at Cantigny, Soissons, and in the Meuse-Argonne and the effect these horrific battles had on the men. 

This is an important and powerful tale of the different destinies, personalities, and motivations of the men in Company D and a timeless portrayal of men at war.

 

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A Doughboy
 
 
He never made it to Berzy. Hell, he never even made it to Ploisy.
He went lights-out somewhere just beyond the Paris-Soissons Road, while the air rained bullets and his company—the survivors, anyway—rolled on through the German line, shooting and yelling and swearing and falling, and disappeared into the smoke and dust and fading evening light of a hot July day.
He took his last look at them, at their sweat-stained, khaki-clad backs and their tin hats, as the shadows began to lengthen across the wheat, as the pup-pup-pup of the machine guns

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"[Never before] has an American nonfiction writer reached into history and produced a testament of young men in terrible battle with the stateliness, the mastery of cadence, the truthfulness, and the muted heartbreak of James Carl Nelson in The Remains of Company D." --Ron Powers, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Flags of Our Fathers

“One of the best. Nelson is an excellent stylist…he knows how to tell a story with a capital ‘S’.” –The Star Tribune

“A beautifully-crafted anthem to doomed American youth, James Carl Nelson's The Remains of Company D is a must-read.”  --Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Longest Winter and The Bedford Boys

"Not since Henry Berry’s Make the Kaiser Dance has there been an intimate history like this one to illustrate the doughboys’ contributions in World War I. The story of Company D, 28th Infantry Regiment, First Division, is one not soon to be forgotten…The author’s meticulous and persistent research in tracking down the descendants of the combatants to uncover their letters and diaries makes his work the standard for research into the story of the American Expeditionary Force. Essential for all students of modern war.” –Library Journal


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James Carl Nelson

James Carl Nelson is a journalist who has worked as a staff writer for The Miami Herald. He is a member of the Great War Society and the Military Writers Society of America. He lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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The Remains of Company D
A Story of the Great War
James Carl Nelson

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
September 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312650414
ISBN10: 0312650418
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages, Includes 5 maps and one 16-page black-and-white photograph section
$15.99

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St. Martin's Press
October 2009
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ISBN: 9781429940344
ISBN10: 1429940344
384 pages
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