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David Chrisinger's essays and articles published in various print publications as well as websites.

The Man Who Told America the Truth About D-Day
The New York Times

The Man Who Told America the Truth About D-Day

During his four years as a war correspondent, Pyle was embraced by enlisted men, officers and a huge civilian public as a voice who spoke for the common infantryman...

Everything Had Changed, and Nothing Was Different

Everything Had Changed, and Nothing Was Different

When Brett recounted his stories to me—and granted me permission to write about him—he handed me a sort of power I didn’t know I would crave.

When I think about my son - David Chrisinger
The War House

When I Think About My Son

Sometimes I wonder if I even have the right to form memories of Robert. Sometimes I feel like I’m grieving the loss of something I never really had, and I can’t...

Team RWB

50 Things I Learned about Coming Home from War by Running 50 Miles

Once Brett and I got to the 36-mile mark, we entered uncharted territory. Neither one of us had ever run so far, and neither one of us knew how our bodies would res...

Harold (Hod) Chrisinger during tank-driver training at Fort Knox in Kentucky in 1944.
The New York Times

I Grew Up Believing My Grandfather Was a War Hero. Army Records Said O...

The only truth I can feel certain of now is that Hod had once been a young man who went to war, and that he died an old man who never found a way to make peace with...

Hold My Housing Until I’m Ok
The War House

Hold My Housing Until I’m OK

An editor’s job, as I view it now, is not simply to correct comma splices but rather to humbly enter a writer’s story and to help them prune what isn’t needed...