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Letter: A soldier’s story

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

I hope one of your readers will see this letter and respond. I have exhausted my hopes of finding an answer and I am getting older and would like very much to be able to find the solution before I leave this earth.

My father, Julian Snead Williams, served bravely in World War II in Europe and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He suffered until the end of his life at 58 from what I now believe was PTSD. Until his death, we had not heard of PTSD. He was treated at the old VA Hospital in Richmond, to no avail. He eventually was found dead in November of 1980. His cause of death was never really determined.

Our home burned to the ground in 1951 and all his Army uniforms and records went with it. I found out about his Purple Hearts and Bronze Star at his death, when his sister showed me a newspaper clipping from the local newspaper where their family lived. He was brought up on a sharecropper farm near Columbia, Virginia, so I don’t know what n...

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