This is a story of my family.
Although much of it is set against a backdrop of war, devastation and destruction, it is a tale of humanity and the triumph of human spirit.
There are accounts of tragedy and heartbreak but also anecdotes about hidden strength, silver linings and humorous situations.
Beginning with my grandfather, Joseph Patrick Murphy, a colorful character and highly decorated veteran of The Great War, it then traces my mother Eileen's early days growing up in Liverpool. In 1940, the story shifts to London and follows her life and experiences "doing her bit" as a young nurse in the middle of the fiery and tumultuous London Blitz.....and beyond.
The final chapter introduces the American side of my family and my father, William Randolph Karsteter. It chronicles his unthinkable loss after the stock market crash of 1929 and, eventually, his date with destiny on D-Day plus one when, as part of the 82nd Airborne, he piloted his Waco glider into the Normandy battlefield and a rendezvous with a German sniper.
Inspired by true events...........