“I think you just took every day as it came, you know, maybe say a few prayers now and then. It was not pleasant but you had no alternative.”
–Paul Schreiber in
For Comrade and Country: Oral Histories of World War II Veterans
A WWII Veteran’s Road to UD
Drafted into the Army in 1943, Paul Schreiber served overseas in an armored artillery unit during World War II. He was enlisted until war’s end, before making his way to the University of Dayton where the GI Bill enabled him to earn his degree and teaching certification. “It gave me an opportunity I probably never would have had otherwise,” he said of the GI Bill.
Many years later, Schreiber recounted his combat experiences, including war-time comradery and escapes from shrapnel, in For Comrade and Country: Oral Histories of World War II Veterans. His detailed account reflects his resilience as a soldier and the hard-fought wisdom he gained in the face of such harrowing experiences.