It Was My War: I'll Remember It the Way I Want to

G. William Sefton

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Synopsis: Bill Sefton jumped into Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne. At 1:30 a.m., he says, "the night sky was lacerated with streams of tracers from ground fire, groping for our C-47 lumbering 300 feet overhead."

Everyone was jumping as the aircraft flew over the Drop Zone, toward the invasion beaches. As the last five men stormed down the aisle of the plane's passenger compartment, Sefton shouted the realization, "Stop! We're over the ocean!"

No one, says the author, had the slightest intention of staying on that plane, and thus he jumped, regardless of what lay below.

It Was My War is written with a simplicity and humor that transcends the horrors of war. A former copywriter for the McCann-Erickson advertising agency in Chicago, Sefton's skill with the language conveys the gravity of the war around him coupled with mission responsibilities described from a very human perspective.

About the Author: Bill Sefton enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1942 and in September was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant after Infantry Officer Candidate School. He served with the 501st of the 101st Airborne Division in Normandy, Holland, and Bastogne and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. The 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment won the American Distinguished Unit Citation, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Belgian Croix de Guerre, and Netherlands Orange Lanyard.

Sefton retired from active duty as a captain, in February 1946. He served with the National Guard and Army Reserve units until retiring as a colonel in March 1982. He graduated from the Army Command & Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and was an Instructor in the Army Reserve Command & Staff School programs.

Before World War II, he attended Ball State Teacher's College, and after the war attended Roosevelt College, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern Medill School of Journalism.

Sefton started as a free-lance copywriter in the advertising offices of McCann-Erickson in Chicago in January 1946. He became Director of the Sales Promotion and Merchandising Department before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1951. He was a partner in a small agency that evolved into Sefton Associates, Inc., in 1963, from which he retired in 1991.

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