A Pocahontas native who was a Sherman tank driver in World War II is the subject of a new book written by his grandson. Louch, written by Lou Baczewski, tells the story of his grandfather and namesake – from his days fishing in Shoal Creek to serving at the Battle of the Bulge. Sgt. Louis J. Baczewski, or “Louch” as he was known, grew up in Pocahontas during the Depression. Shoal Creek is referred to by the author as “the axis of this story.” The book intersperses Baczewski’s war exploits with tales of growing up in Pocahontas. Many local names appear in the book.
The Bond County Historical Society is hosting a free program with the author on Sunday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bradford Community Room. Books will be available that day or may be purchased in advance by contacting Lester Harnetiaux at 664-4232. The book is $18 with $2 from each sale going to veteran causes. The author will be signing books at the conclusion of the program.