Lippman grew up in South Dakota and enlisted when he turned 18 in March of 1943, going on to fight in Italy, France, and at the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he got married, adopted children, and went to further his education while continuing to serve in the Army. During the Korean War, he served with valor as the white officer of the 24th Infantry Regiment, a historically Black unit. When the Vietnam War began, he again answered the call of his country and served until his death in an attack on a U.S. base in 1965, which is recounted in vivid, moving language by a captain (eventually a lieutenant colonel) who bore witness.
Lofthouse draws on extensive background research and makes able use of photos and maps, and a closing appendix offers reminisces from his family. He aims to tell this story as one of both courage (which is well attested, through the medals Lippman won) but also as one of Christian faith, which is less well demonstrated in the narrative. More attention to Lippman’s life outside of his military service may have presented a more well-rounded portrait and lent weight to his faith. Still, Lofthouse does an excellent job relating Lippman’s valor in such a way that it is sure to inspire more.
Takeaway: This soldier’s biography, penned by a cousin, celebrates courage, service, and uncommon valor in three U.S. wars.
Great for fans of: Bill Richardson’s Valleys of Death, James K. Cullen’s Band of Strangers.
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