Man retraces steps of brother killed in Word War II


Memorial Day weekend is a good reminder for us all about the sacrifices men and women make when they serve our country.

One local man's brother died in World War II and years later he went on a journey to try and connect with the sibling he can't remember.

Loren Shaum was just three years-old when his older brother Lewis was killed in Germany.

Loren and his other brother Larry set out on a mission to retrace some of their fallen brother Lewis's steps.

Lewis Shaum was born and raised in Elkhart County.

After graduating from Concord High School he decided to enlist in the Army.

Lewis was a driver so he took people and messages to the front lines.

He would often send letters and pictures home documenting all the places where he had served in Europe .

One day while on duty the 21-year-old was ambushed and killed by Nazi soldiers.

It happened just one month before the war was over.

Loren says, "My mom kept all these letters and basically my brother Larry who is next oldest to me put them in chronological order and setup basically a road map through Europe."

Loren and his brother Larry went to Europe to go to some of the places their brother had written home about.

In some cases they found the exact location where their brother had been photographed years ago.

Loren says, "It's a feeling you don't get much. I've never had it before. I tried to explain it in the book but you just can't explain it. It gets you."

It was a life-changing experience that Loren wanted to share with others so he wrote a book called "In Search of a Soldier: The Unknown Brother."

Loren's grandson learned about world war two in history class but his grandfather's book taught him so much more.

Eli Shaum says, "It just felt really cool to be a part of that and to know that one of my ancestors had played a big role in World War II."

Loren's older brother Larry who he went to Europe with died before the book was published.

Loren says he never would have been able to write the book without all of Larry's hard work.

He says even though he can't remember his older brother Lewis writing the book has given him a sense of closure.