When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, an opportunity had arrived for Joe Delay to escape what he felt was a ho-hum life on the family farm near Sandpoint, Idaho. “I volunteered the minute I got out of high school. My dad didn’t know this. Never knew this. Not even to his grave, I never did tell him.” Originally intending on joining the Navy, Delay was disappointed to be redirected to the Army recruiter, desperate for men to fill their depleted ranks. Instead of clean white sheets and three meals a day, he would now be carrying a rifle and sleeping in the mud. Eventually, Joe fought at the Battle of the Bulge, and he was there when Allied Forces pushed on to Berchtesgaden, and to victory in Europe.