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

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...

In the Shadow Hod on Okinawa

In the Shadow of an Unanswered Question

About seven years ago, I started asking questions again, looking for answers. I was tired of the silence and the secrets. The most tired I’d ever felt.

More Gentile Than Grim: Letters Home from World War I

More Gentile Than Grim: Letters Home from World War I

After we finished analyzing the last batch of letters, a quiet hush fell over the classroom. For a few moments I could see the students processing the material, eac...

The Rules Do Not Apply - Hod at Fort Sheridan

The Rules Do Not Apply

The stories we tell ourselves sometimes feel to me like new clothes we need to try on in the fitting room before taking them home. Some don’t fit as well as we’...