Library to present 'A Soldier's Footsteps Through WWII'

DeKALB – Local author Marti Brown compiled her father’s scrapbooks and more than 300 letters sent to family members during World War II into a book titled "From Cornfield to Battlefield: A Young Farmer’s Journey Through World War II."

The DeKalb Public Library will host Brown's virtual presentation, “A Soldier’s Footsteps Through World War II,” at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.

Graduating as a commissioned officer in 1942 just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Lou Briggs taught artillery exercises at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, before being assigned a battalion and participating in the European Theater of Operation from July 1944-September 1945. The journey described in the book includes many photos taken by Briggs and excerpts from the letters that describe the experience of a young captain during the invasion of Germany, the “Battle of the Bulge,” V-E Day, the occupation of Germany, and V-J Day.

Brown’s program will center around a slide presentation of the highlights of the experiences of her father, as well as a recent trip she and her sisters took to retrace the path of their father during his military service in Europe. Brown also will display of some of her father’s war artifacts.

This program will commemorate the 75th anniversary of V-E (Victory in Europe) Day.

To register for this event, visit

While the audience will be muted, attendees will be able to type questions and engage with the presenter.

For more information, contact Samantha at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.

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