Author honors late grandfather with WWII memoir

It is the spring of 1944. Blace Davis has no thought of fighting in the war. After all, he is a man with dependents — a wife and six children, with a seventh on the way. But then everything changes.

“Mount of Congregation,” by Mark A. Davis, is a true story of bravery in the midst of one of the most audacious military operations in American history: the U.S. Army 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division’s final assault into the heart of Nazi Germany. Davis describes battle scenes with concussive clarity while faithfully retelling his grandfather’s account of trying to survive the throes of war.

Meticulously researched, yet imbued with the singular tenderness a boy feels for his grandfather, “Mount of Congregation” is an engrossing story of love, family and survival. It is also a transgenerational testament to belief in a Creator who has a plan for every person’s life — including an American infantryman far from his Appalachian home, pressing onward toward Hitler’s Siegfried Line.

“Mount of Congregation” (Courier Publishing, $13.95) is available at,, and other online booksellers.