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Hans Post–One Man in His Time…

The following obituary of Hans Eberhard Post (23Jan1926–04Nov2017) incorporates several previous articles I’ve published about Hans on this blog-site.  Why have I written about Hans, who served in the Waffen SS during World War II?  That was precisely my initial question back in 2007 when an editor friend asked me to read Hans’s book, One Man in His Time (2002, Otford Press), and write a review.  We’ve since carried on a correspondence. Knowing Hans is a gift I never anticipated. The world is a poorer place without you, Hans. My condolences to your family.

I was born into a World at War in the Summer of ’42. When I turned 17 in ’59, I volunteered for the 101st Airborne, US Army–the Heroes of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge–w/staggering losses. Many of my non-coms and officers were veterans of those conflicts.

Given my father’s service as well as my mother being a welder at the Narragansett Shipyards on Liberty Ships, the War was always a reality to my consciousness.

My own time in uniform was during the crucible for democracy in the post-war period. I enlisted during the presidency of General Eisenhower, the former Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, and served during the first year of President John F. Kennedy, a survivor-hero of the War in the Pacific. Neither Ike nor Jack took democracy for granted.