For Thou Art With Me A Personal Journal
Author: Verdun W. Munroe, Sr.; Terri Vigna, Contributor
13-Digit ISBN: 978-1-941049-16-7
Specs: 6" x 9" Perfect Bound; 156 Pages
Publication Date: April 3, 2014
Retail Price: $15.95
Verdun Munroe was excited about being a pilot for the United States during World War II. While being stationed overseas, his wife, Wanda, gave birth to their daughter, Wynn. While he was disappointed in missing her birth, Verdun started writing a journal to Wynn. It was his way of being close to her–though he had never met her, yet–while witnessing the triumphs and tragedies of war.
Verdun provides a personal insight into his world to Wynn from his training as a pilot, the treacherous flight overseas in preparation for war, his crew’s participation in the invasion of Normandy, his being shot down on his 26th mission, his captivity as a Prisoner of War in Germany, and his rescue with thousands of other military prisoners by U. S. troops on April 29, 1945.
On the invasion of Normandy: “The big day had come at last that I and a million fighting men will never forget, and Wynn, in the invasion, as on every battlefield, men die. Those men fought and died for something in which they themselves believed—and not what they were told. Those men, like so many, were willing to give up all that was near and dear to them and fight and die, if necessary, so that people like you and I might live in freedom. It is up to us, then, you and I and the American people and the people of the free world, to see to it that these men shall not be forgotten.”
“Well, Wynn, this story comes to an end, and in it I hope that you will get some small amount of understanding from its pages. This was my life for two long years—life at its best and life at its worst. And as I look back over those two years, I’m happy in knowing that I did my best, and I wouldn’t change it for all the world.
Verdun Winston Munroe, Sr.
Birth: Apr. 11, 1916
Mawer, Saskatchewan, Canada
Death: Jun. 29, 1966
North Miami, Florida, USA
Burial: July 5, 1966
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec: 1, Site: 1844
Came with his parents in 1919 from Canada to the United States
Husband of Mrs. Wanda I. Munroe (Wife) (née North)
daughter Wynn Munroe–born 5 Jan 1944, Rhinebeck, NY
1st Lt.–Pilot–Verdun Winston Munroe
Enlistment–27 Feb 1941–Albany, NY, USA
Private, Warrant Officers, USA -
Residence: Dutchess Co., NY
Shot down on his 26th mission
Stalag 9C–Bad Sulza–POW
Rescued April 29 1945