In researching the life of Second Lieutenant Alfred D. Evans Jr., I found myself reflecting on what I knew about the men who served in the War, particularly those on D-Day. Learning more about 2nd Lt. Evans's sacrifice greatly strengthened the respect and appreciation I already held for those who fought for freedom.
The most useful source I had was the set of records from the National Personnel Records Center, full of 2nd Lt. Evans Jr's military records, casualty documentation, and letters from his family.
I feel immense gratitude for the world I live in today because of men and women like Second Lieutenant Alfred D. Evans Jr. I feel incredibly thankful, and appreciate what they gave their lives for.
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