My WWII Odyssey describes how one day-December 7, 1941-altered the course of Alban E. Reid Jr.'s life, transforming him from an unconcerned and indifferent youth into a ferociously committed Army officer willing to lay down his life to preserve the liberties he had taken for granted only months earlier.
Dr. Reid takes you from disillusionment to dedication, culminating in the liberation of a sub-camp of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany. The leadership skills he acquired along his path to personal victory over doubt served as a foundation to his success in his chosen field of education. Those with an abiding interest in World War II history and how political upheaval can alter one's future will want to read this compelling firsthand account.
Alban E. Reid Jr. received his EdD in education from the University of Southern California, which led to a lifetime of influencing the minds of American youth through his commitment to raising the standards of education in the community college system. His journey into the field of education began on the invasion beaches of Salerno and Anzio, Italy, and continued through the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of a concentration camp in Landsberg, Germany. The skills he acquired leading young men in combat became an integral part of his chosen profession. This is his story.