Alvin "Sam" R. Bonecutter Surviving Veteran of World War II

Alvin "Sam" R. Bonecutter with his Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge he earned for his actions during conflicts in Germany during World War II.

Alvin "Sam" R. Bonecutter with his Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge he earned for his actions during conflicts in Germany during World War II. Photo by John Inman.

For those who did not live during World War II, it is an important thing to hear the stories and experiences of those known as "The Greatest Generation." Someone who had intimate experiences during that time is Alvin "Sam" R. Bonecutter. He and his three brothers Henry, William and Donald were all drafted and served during World War II.

Bonecutter said it was his brother Henry who was the first to go after being drafted in the Army Air Corps (now known as the U.S. Air Force). Next was William who served in the Americal Division, Alvin and then finally Donald. All of the Bonecutter brothers served in combat zones during the war.

Bonecutter said his brother Donald was injured the worst both being shot below the temple which came out the other side, and then after three months going back and getting "trench foot" in southern France. He would later spend six months on a medical boat healing and eventually would receive skin grafts on his feet.

For more of this story check out the Sept. 7 issue of the California Democrat.

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