“A Soldier’s Journey through the Heart of the Park” with John Taibi

March 24, 2019


Adirondack Experience, 9097 NY-30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

John Taibi shares the story of a World War II G.I. who has returned to America after having been heldcaptive as a prisoner-of-war by the German Army. Upon arriving home, he was reunited with his wife ofhardly a year, and the United States Army sent them both to The Club in Lake Placid for rest andrelaxation following his P.O.W. deprivations and her constant worry about the welfare of her husband.To reach The Club, Sgt. and Mrs. John S. Taibi – my father and mother, along with many other formerP.O.W.s and their spouses – traveled by railroad on a New York Central train through the heart ofAdirondack Park to reach their destination. This would be their only transit of, and visit to, the Park.What they saw along their way, what they did while at Lake Placid, and their adjustment to normal lifepost- Sgt. Taibi’s honorable discharge, are subjects for examination by this presentation. This is apoignant, emotional, and wonderful story that may require a tissue or two to dry tears of love andhappiness from an eye of those in the audience, possibly even the presenter. Yet, it is a previouslyuntold story of how many former P.O.W.s were aided by the military in their return to private lifefollowing months – or years – of captivity. The railroad, the Park, and the Army made it all possible for husbands and wives of the greatest generation to live satisfactory , productive, and happy lives afterthey withstood the rigors of a war fought over the horizon in Europe.

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