Pvt. Eddie Slovik was the bravest soldier that one World War II veteran says he ever encountered.
A general read aloud the order that Pvt. Eddie Slovik was to be executed for the crime of desertion.
He was in a drugstore on a lunch break when he chanced to see a book titled The Execution of Pvt. Eddie Slovik.
Using fingerprints, one was identified as U.S. Army Pvt. James Bowman, who had been in the turret of the car next to Gordon.
“I, Pvt. Eddie D. Slovik, 36896415, confess to the desertion of the United States Army…” it began.
Forty-nine were sentenced to death, but only one, Pvt. Eddie Slovik, was actually executed.
That is what makes poignant the story of Pvt. Fred Lang; like a singed cat, he was better than he looked.