An Uncommon Man: Elson “Buck” See

Biography of War World II veteran Buck See, who fought alongside and against some of the most famous figures in World War II, from General George S. Patton to Field Marshall Hermann Goering.


From humble beginnings on a small farm in West Virginia to the horror of the battlefields of World War II, Elson “Buck” See embarked on a journey that few men have ever traveled. The trials he experienced and the people he met along the way tell a story of tragedy and triumph that will appeal to past and future generations. Buck See faces grave danger while meeting and fighting alongside and against some of the most famous figures in World War II, from General George S. Patton to Field Marshall Hermann Goering.

Through all the trials, Buck never forgets his humble roots. Born in the 1920s and raised through the Great Depression, his large country family survived through the sweat of their brow and faith in the Lord and each other. The lessons Buck learned in his childhood carried him through crippling illness, the strain of training, and the unspeakable carnage of war.

This biography also covers a facet of the War that few books have explored. As part of the Army Combat Engineers, Buck spent nearly a year after the War as a member of the Allied Occupation Force that tried to help the Germans, who had been shooting at them just days before, rebuild their homes and lives that had been devastated by the War. Through his eyes, the reader will gain an entirely new perspective on the horrible effects of armed combat not only on the soldiers but also on the civilians who watched the War unfold outside their living room windows. The pitiful tale of the children and adults who are trying to piece their lives together again brings a new perspective on the worth and costs of war.


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About the Author

Larry See was raised in West Virginia and has remained a Mountaineer his entire life. A 1973 graduate of Hampshire High School in Romney, Larry attended Shepherd College, earning a BA in English and physical education in 1977. He returned to his native Hampshire County after graduation and taught in the public school system for the next 33 years. After retiring in 2010, he was elected to the Hampshire County Commission, serving as the Director of Parks and Recreation. He is married to the former Donna Bazzle, and they have two children. Amy, 29, is an elementary teacher in Hampshire County, and Philip, age 26, is the West Virginia University 4-H Extension Agent in Boone County, West Virginia. They also have a foster son, Carlos McCormick, who currently attends Tennessee State University in Nashville. An athlete in both high school and college, Larry coached a variety of sports on the scholastic level, most notably serving as the head basketball coach at his alma mater for 17 years. He and Donna remain active in sports and fitness. The Sees are active members in Romney First Baptist Church, where Larry serves as a Sunday School teacher and as a member of the Deacon Board.