The latest issue of Fly Fisherman has an article on Lefty Kreh, providing the life of the real man who has grown into a legend of fly fishing.
Bernard Victor Kreh was born in Maryland in 1927. Growing up in the Depression, he supported his widowed mother by hunting and fishing. Like most men of his age, he fought in the Second World War. That I knew. What I didn’t know until this article was that he was a forward artillery observer he was at the Battle of the Bulge.That battle in the bitter winter of 1944 left him with a lifelong disdain of cold weather. He also participated in the liberation of a concentration camp and was part of a unit that met the Russian Army at Torgau on the Elbe River.
From there, the career that made him a legend began. You can read the article here.