Carl Shoudel

WWII book signing at Churubusco Public Library

“The Price We Paid for a Life of Freedom: The Memoir of a WWII and Korean War Veteran” recounts Shoudel’s experiences battling the Japanese in the South Pacific during World War II. Sade compiled Shoudel’s handwritten journals, notes and letters into a 169-page book, complete with 20 pages of pictures at the back, including a group shot of his Company E, 1st Infantry Regiment from 1944 and the surviving members of the company from 1997. Shoudel is the only member of his Division still living.

Shoudel will sign copies of the book at the Churubusco Public Library on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.

Shoudel, a career military man and Garrett native, enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 21 and fought in World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the Army ranking as a master sergeant E7. Shoudel now resides at Georgetowne Place in Fort Wayne. 

Shoudel dedicated the book to his best friend and a medic in his company, “Doc” Ross Ogden. Carl attributes Ogden for saving his life more than once. 

“The Price We Paid for a Life of Freedom: The Memoir of a WWII and Korean War Veteran” is available for purchase through Shoudel’s website,”, by clicking on the or Barnes & Noble links. The cost of the book is $28.95. ebooks may be downloaded for $5. Copies will also be for sale at Shoudel’s book signings. 

Book signings:

Saturday, October 8 — 10 a.m. – 12 noon – Eckhart Public Library in Auburn, Ind.

Saturday, October 15 — 10 a.m.-12 noon – Churubusco Public Library 

Monday, November 7—11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Garrett Public Library (in conjunction with the Garrett American Legion) — Luncheon with other WWII vets, followed by a book signing

Friday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day) – 1 p.m.– Shoudel will be the guest speaker at the World War II Museum in Auburn and will have a book signing afterward. 

Shoudel is currently writing his second book about growing up in Garrett. He will turn 91 on November 3.

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