Walters, of Raleigh, NC, begins his diary in a foxhole in France on 12 March 1945. In it he relates his experiences during the last push across Germany, seeing the horrors of the concentration camps, and serving in occupation forces until he returned home March 1946. After the war, Walters was Mayor Pro-tem for the city of Raleigh for ten years. Before he retired, he operated a hardware business for forty years. He died in Raleigh in 2004 at age 82.