Chapter 2, "What in hell we doin’ up here?"
Chapter 2, Floyd Goes to War
At 97, Floyd Van Alstyne is part of a shrinking cohort of
people who fought in World War Two. His experience in Italy was harrowing, and
it all began with what was essentially a secret mission to Churchill, Manitoba
on the shore of Hudson Bay.
He told me he had been in the local logging camps since the age of 16. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he enlisted at the age of 20. What followed came as a complete surprise and it took him to the subarctic, thousands of miles from the front lines.