Reflections of a World War II Veteran

Poems About War and Life

by Paul J. Willis


World War II Veteran Paul Willis (Company G, 329th Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division) reflects on both war and life in this collection of original poems written over the past 60 years.  One of his writings, "A Stillness at Margraten," is featured in the WetBird documentary, Thank You, Eddie Hart.

"Leads the reader from despair to hope for the future…"

-Doreen Sigvaldsen


"Particularly meaningful for those of us who have fought for the precious gift of freedom."

-Clayton Christensen

Co A, 324th Combat Eng Bn, 99th Inf Div

Book Excerpt:


Oh lead me through quiet fields of prayer
Where there are flowers everywhere.
Where sun capped hills are lifted up
And hungry bees at flowers sup.
Where birds in trees sing to the world
And clouds above the hills unfurl.
So as I view nature in its praise
And see my own poor feeble ways,
I ask you Lord to help me understand
That you are the architect of sea and land.