From the DVD jacket of this film by Alan Fleming in October 2012, Robert F. Kauffman is quoted: "As I walk among the graves in the Normandy Cemetery, I struggle with guilt and gratitude. On my living room wall at home I have the photos of two brothers-in-law who were killed in the war. I had been wounded in Normandy and again in the 'Battle of the Bulge', and am faced with the painful imponderable: why them and not me? These reflections make the sacrifices of the men buried here loom larger and even more profound. This tribute is dedicated to men who have made this Normandy Cemetery hallowed ground."
Bob Kauffman joined the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment of the U.S. 3rd Armored Division in Normandy in mid-June, 1944, as a replacement for a rifleman who had been killed. Between then and May, 1945, he was wounded three times, twice hospitalized, and twice rejoined his Co D. It's not an exaggeration to say that Kauffman's harrowing close-in experiences as an infantryman, and his close-calls with death, exceeded those of any Hollywood-portrayed soldier, real or fictional. His writings and videos about his WWII experiences, including his book "The Replacement," can be found at 3ad.com/history/wwll/memoirs.pages/kauffman.htm .
Beginning in the 1970's, Bob Kauffman, a resident of Emmaus, PA, has returned to the European WWII battlegrounds more than a dozen times, including his participating in the end of the day "Lowering of the Flag" ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, overlooking Omaha Beach, on four occasions.
Robert Kauffman, 3rd Armored Div, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment
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