Herbert Peppard: The Eternal Man tells the true story of a 95-year-old World War Two veteran who was a member of the First Special Service Force, which is also known as the Devil's Brigade.  Peppard grew up during the Great Depression in Truro, Nova Scotia. Unable to afford books for school, he dropped out at age 16 to work at the lumberyard. But with Hitler and the Nazis terrorizing Europe, he felt the call to join the army to help in the war effort.  While Peppard fought for his country and became a decorated soldier, he had a rebellious side. Peppard went AWOL - a serious offence in the army - five times while on duty. But during a prohibited vacation home, he met a beautiful woman named Greta MacPhee.  Critical moments of battle are interwoven with letters, written by Peppard to his family and to Greta, the woman he vowed to return to and marry. Many letters were written from his hospital bed in Naples, where he spent six months recovering after being shot.  The story follows Peppard after the war when he returned home to Nova Scotia to start a family. But soon after his return, Greta, his beautiful new bride, is diagnosed with a debilitating disease.  Peppard is living in Truro in the very home where he was born. He writes columns in the local paper, walks a mile every day and continues to inspire others. 

Herbert Peppard: The Eternal Man tells the true story of a 95-year-old World War Two veteran who was a member of the First Special Service Force, which is also known as the Devil's Brigade. 

Peppard grew up during the Great Depression in Truro, Nova Scotia. Unable to afford books for school, he dropped out at age 16 to work at the lumberyard. But with Hitler and the Nazis terrorizing Europe, he felt the call to join the army to help in the war effort. 

While Peppard fought for his country and became a decorated soldier, he had a rebellious side. Peppard went AWOL - a serious offence in the army - five times while on duty. But during a prohibited vacation home, he met a beautiful woman named Greta MacPhee. 

Critical moments of battle are interwoven with letters, written by Peppard to his family and to Greta, the woman he vowed to return to and marry. Many letters were written from his hospital bed in Naples, where he spent six months recovering after being shot. 

The story follows Peppard after the war when he returned home to Nova Scotia to start a family. But soon after his return, Greta, his beautiful new bride, is diagnosed with a debilitating disease. 

Peppard is living in Truro in the very home where he was born. He writes columns in the local paper, walks a mile every day and continues to inspire others. 

Excerpt: 

"Norm's praying made Herb nervous. Here he was, sharing a foxhole with an atheist who was praying, just in case there was a God. It got him thinking; if a shell happened to land in their small foxhole, or even close by, they would be killed instantly. Herb and Norm were both twenty-three years old. Herb thought he would survive the war, but so did those who had been killed. Everyone spoke about what they would do after the war; everyone had plans for the future. Herb's best friends – Smitty, Lieutenant Arith, Private Briddon, and Sergeant McIvor – all spoke of the future and each of them had ended up in a pool of their own blood. Herb thought of these individuals, and how they thought they would live, just like him. Yet on this cold, awful night Norm was praying to save his life. He was saying things he vowed never to say. He wanted his life spared, just one more day. Until that moment, Herb had never fully believed in the old adage, "there are no atheists in foxholes," but there it was, right before his eyes–a desperate soldier who needed something to believe in."

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