Even the most inspiring experiences and unique life lessons go unknown if they are not shared. Jim Puppe has travelled North Dakota to ensure those stories were heard and not forgotten.
Having visited every North Dakota town, interviewed 617 people, and documented their words, Jim has assembled Dakota Attitude as our chance to hear those stories directly.
The stories told in Dakota Attitude inspire enjoyment, wonder, admiration, and a few tears. Purchase Dakota Attitude today.
Read A Sample from Dakota Attitude
Russell and Ethel (Skorick) Plesuk
Butte, North Dakota
Survivor of D-Day on Juno Beach
Russell remembers as a child, the entire family [of eight children] was always present at mealtime, at which time his father would recite the Lord’s Prayer in Ukrainian. At 15, Russell says, “I was seeding all the crop. But when we were eight, nine years old, we were men. We worked like a man. By six years old, we were milking cows already. There was no money but plenty to eat. One penny for a stamp.” “Yeah,” Ethel interjects, “By the time you are six you better know how to milk a cow. It was different in those days; so much was expected of the parents, and especially the mother. You go to church—[the children] have to be absolutely quiet. Hardly any whispering or anything, and if you fuss you would be taken outside and they’d be given a spanking. [Marriage] is all I’ve known. I never had no other experience. Read more on page 301.
Jim's Map of North Dakota
This book is dedicated to all North Dakota service men and women who died fighting for our freedom, including my dad’s first cousins, brothers Lester and Elmer Puppe, from rural Hensel.
These two died in combat just 69 days apart following the amphibious and air assault of southern Europe during World War II. Lester was killed by small arms fire near Brolo, Sicily, and Elmer died of shell fragmentation wounds just north of the Volturno River in Italy.
These brave soldiers were members of the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, the same military unit as Audie Murphy, the most highly decorated American soldier during World War II.
The Puppe brothers are buried at the Sicily-Rome Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, amongst 7,856 other American military war dead who gave the ultimate sacrifice—their lives for the free world. This cemetery also has a memorial to 3,095 other Americans missing in action from World War II. Over 200,000 people visit this military cemetery annually.