Book Lover’s Corner: “Those Who Remain”

(WTNH)– Author Ruth W Crocker talks about her book “Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War.”

This is a recently published memoir about events following her husband’s (Capt. David R. Crocker, Jr.) death in Vietnam in 1969 and meeting, by chance, thirty-five years later, the men who were with him when he was killed.

Reunions among combat veterans and survivors is important for healing from the trauma of war. Crocker talks about writing her story and the healing process. After suffering a traumatic loss, she says it’s important to find your own way to commemorate the person or the experience. In Crocker’s case, she buried all of their love letters and important mementos in the coffin instead of him, and his sister and her took his ashes to the Eiger in Switzerland.

Crocker has a PhD in nutrition and human development and she’s been writing nonfiction for her entire career but most of her work focused on childhood obesity, clinical nutrition and health care management. In the late 1990s, her son encouraged her to “tell her story” and she started writing personal essays, plays and creative nonfiction. After meeting her deceased husband’s comrades in 2006, Crocker eventually dug up the letters and had to tell the story.

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