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Do Your Best is the intimate story of a young man, Herbert W. Ridyard, who shares his life lessons—about love, honesty, and dedication—for the benefit of his greater family, friends, historians, and the general populace, but also in memory of those he fought beside and the 430,000 who gave their lives for the US during WWII.

The son of immigrants, his lessons started early with a Depression-era childhood. Although Herb was shy and underweight, his mother encouraged him to always do his best. Taught by his first-grade teacher to pay attention, he discovered he had the ability to remember everything his teachers said, which eventually earned him a top-10-percent berth in high school and college. His stint as a Boy Scout patrol leader taught him that serving others was the ultimate way to be fulfilled. From his gang of boyhood pals, Herb learned about inclusiveness, and his Sunday School teacher taught him about spirituality.

All this prepared nineteen-year-old Herb Ridyard to face the terrors of war. In basic infantry training his body was strengthened for overseas combat as a Private in General Patton's Third Army during WWII in the fall and bitter winter of 1944-45. Herb was able to do his duty to the best of his ability, while having to live outdoors in the constant presence of danger, fear, anger, and hate. These wartime experiences gave him great confidence in himself.

This memoir aims to inspire anyone born with weakness in body and/or spirit to do their best, no matter the circumstances; to understand that a father and mother are the foundation of love, dedication, honesty and morality; to accept guidance from family, friends, teachers, and mentors; to search for their inherent talents and strengths; to never give up; and to find fulfillment by helping others, including one’s country while trusting that the Holy Spirit will be with them always.

Biographies & Memoirs
July 26
FriesenPress Inc