You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Metro

Ranks of WWII heroes are diminishing

Nearly 1 million troops from Bay State served in WWII; only 35,000 remain

WALPOLE — Robert Ware Foster lifts his left leg and, with his cane, taps the sole of his double-buckle brown leather boot.

It is worn, but still in good shape. Not bad for a pair of 70-year-old combat boots that trekked through the Tunisian desert in North Africa, endured freezing temperatures in Colmar, France, and survived parts of Italy, Germany, and Austria for three years during World War II.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week