Sgt. Floyd H. Talbert
Posted 16 February 2003 - 12:43 PM
I want to let you know that my family deeply appreciates the page you created for "Tab".
Just one comment ... The remarks in the book Band of Brothers about Tab becoming a drifter and a drinker are not correct. My brother and I both discussed this with Ambrose and he admitted that he had picked this up through the several interviews with some of the living vets. However, they were operating upon assumptions and through discussions among themselves, they formed this opinion. Tab, by his own admission, had a drinking problem.
However, he was NEVER a drifter. He was a super intelligent individual who could do just about anything he wanted to. He attended Indiana University after his discharge from the service and immediately accepted a position with the Union Carbide (Haynes Stellite Division in Kokomo, Indiana). He then transferred with the same organization to Alexandria, Indiana, and worked there for several years. He decided to become a full-time farmer and purchased land in that area. Later, he became a plant manager for the General Tire and Rubber Company. He also was a successful car salesman both in Indiana and California.
The life he was living in California was exactly what he wanted to do. He told us that many times and appeared happy with his activities. He settled in Redding, California, and lived there for many years. He loved to hunt and fish and he fell in love with that geographical area including Lake Shasta.
His daughter was very disturbed and upset with Ambrose when she read his book. I told her that I did not blame Ambrose, for he was only printing what he had derived from interviews. I told Ambrose the same thing. However, it did hurt the family somewhat because he was not a drifter. In addition, prior to his death in 1982, according to his daughter, he had managed the drinking problem very well and had his finances and his life in order when he died.
I guess we would appreciate it very much if you would omit that paragraph referring to him as a drifter and a drinker. Otherwise, we remain very grateful for your kind considerations and wish you the very best in the future. Incidentally, I have personally enjoyed your website very much!
Bob ("Tabs" brother)
http://members.lycos...r506e/tab01.htm -- The Tab page on Peter's site.
Posted 16 February 2003 - 01:07 PM
I was trying to figure out how to phrase this; BK's post did the job. Thanks BK, yet again. y.o.s., Doug
Posted 16 February 2003 - 05:03 PM
Posted 17 February 2003 - 08:43 AM
Its good to hear that Tab's post-war life was not as previously thought.
I hate to think of any of the vets suffering after they got through the horrors of war.
On the subject, and a lighter note, was the piece about Tab's adopted dog "trigger" true or fictional. If so whatever happened to him?
Posted 17 February 2003 - 03:14 PM
Posted 17 February 2003 - 03:42 PM
thanks for that excerpt O Research Goddess BK.
Posted 18 February 2003 - 10:53 PM
Posted 18 February 2003 - 11:09 PM
The thing that has to be borne in mind is that Dr. Ambrose interviewed the Easy men in 1989-90, quite a long time after the events. While many things were so imbedded in their mind's eye after so many years, a few others would have been a succession of errors of both information and memory.
You can just imagine a bunch of guys sitting around at a reunion in, say 1965 or so and someone wonders about good old Sgt. So-and-So has been, why's he's making himself so scarce. Before long there will speculation among his buddies who know and love him so well and in general a supposition will be made. By the time 1989-90 rolls around, it's forgotten that it was supposition and not fact. Supposing doesn't make it so and by all accounts this is the case as regards Sgt. Talbert.
Nevertheless, the men passed on what they remembered and Dr. Ambrose wrote it. There were a few mistakes made in Band of Brothers that were the product of exactly that sort of supposing and turned out to be something else altogether. It's unfortunate that some family members were upset by it, but we have all these public forums to straighten out the record. BK
Posted 18 February 2003 - 11:15 PM
Posted 26 February 2003 - 08:55 PM
Posted 27 February 2003 - 09:40 AM
Don't forget that people only know what they know or what they make the effort to learn. And historians are people, and they can only work with what they have. Often that's faulty, and that's how legends become fact.
Definitely makes sense. I am still relatively new to the life of a historian, but I do remember that the first thing a teacher once told me was to put myself in the time and place, and I guess that interviews conducted several years ago might have different results than interviews done some other time. Thanks for straightening that one out.
I am also glad to know that Sgt. Talbert did not have to live as a drifter.
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