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Last Name:Sommer
First Name:Leo
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Home State:Michigan
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Year or Date died:30/09/1944
Branch of service:Army
Location(s) served:Italy
Where buried?:Florence American Cemetery
What did you learn with this action?:I realized that cemeteries are more than the names, dates, and bodies of those lost, but also the lost hopes and dreams of the deceased. The soldiers had different lives before the war and their plans were all put on hold as they boldly chose to serve their country proudly and to help those in need no matter what the cost, even if that price was their lives.
What inspired you about this individual to do something in your life to make a difference?:What inspired me about Leo is all that his regiment went through to get the upper hand on the Germans: they endured long, cold nights, rough mountain conditions, and some of the hardest situations that anyone has had to go through. Their mission was classified (which likely meant that it was a difficult task) but they still chose to do it. This action makes me reflect on how I complain about things that I have to do, but none of them have been anywhere near to the severity that Leo had to go through.
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