REFLECTIONS OF MY FATHER Focuses on World War II
Carmen R. Nelson-Holt is one of Cleveland "Moot" Nelson's seven children. Before his passing in 1994, Cleveland jokingly told her to go ahead and proceed with getting his diary published. The diary was Cleveland's personal assessment of the war but when it was over, it was carefully buried away, along with the past. Cleveland handed Carmen his diary, a spiral bound notebook filled with handwritten pages that were becoming yellow with age and very hard to read. Although it took several years for Carmen and her sisters to translate their dad's notes, its every page was a precious moment in time capturing the life of a dedicated soldier who dearly missed his loved ones yet knew that he had a tremendous duty to uphold.
"REFLECTIONS OF MY FATHER" was written by Nelson-Holt to honor her father, the late Sgt. Cleveland "Moot" Nelson and his memories by sharing his personal diary. From December 15, 1941, to January 5, 1945, Sgt. Cleveland "Moot" Nelson recorded his daily life through his diary while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II in the North African and Italian campaigns. He titled the diary, "My Life in the U.S. Army," and it is a personal memoir of the brief, yet important moments of his military days from the moment he enlisted in the army at Fort Francis, East Wallen, Cheyenne, Wyoming, to the end of the war.
To introduce readers to Cleveland Nelson, the beginning of this book contains a brief biography of several generations of the Nelson family, summarizing some of the highlights in their lives. It also includes information on other veterans, related to the Nelsons, and the issues they faced due to their time served in the military. His diary begins with an introduction that conveys to readers the importance of memories to those soldiers during times of loneliness and worry and how these memories becomes like a stimulant giving them the perseverance and determination they need during those tumultuous times. Its synopsis gives an overview of Cleveland's first days of enlistment in the army and ends with the witnessing of Jerry's first air raid and just missing an ammunition dump. The synopsis and diary are derived solely from Cleveland's personal memory and are established purely for the sake of reminiscence, just as the whole diary is. Throughout war history, troops have shown signs of serious stress upon their return home after the war. In this book, readers will also learn about some of the stress reactions to war called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, and how they were dealt with. It is not the intent of the author to humiliate or disrespect the persons involved, but only to educate the readers on the real-life struggles that the veterans endured.