Great War through A Doughboys Eyes bannerCpl. Howard P. Claypoole's experiences in World War I are told through the lens of his grandson and Miramar Beach resident Gregory S. Valloch on "The Great War Through A Doughboy's Eyes."

'The Great War Through a Doughboy’s Eyes': Miramar Beach veteran honors grandfather in new book 

via the Northwest Florida Daily News newspaper web site

“The Great War Through a Doughboy’s Eyes” was released on March 23 and chronicles the service of Cpl. Howard P. Claypoole as told through the lens of his grandson and Miramar Beach resident Gregory S. Valloch.

Claypoole served in the U.S. Army during World War I and was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously. Like his grandfather, Col. Gregory S. Valloch is an Army veteran who honorably served during the Gulf War.

Since then, Valloch has owned the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop at The Market Shops at Sandestin since 2016 and has been named as the Best Dessert by the readers of VIP Destin Magazine in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022. He is a member of the Destin and Walton Area Chambers of Commerce as well as the American Legion Post 96.

Valloch credits his grandfather’s bravery and conviction as the source of his motivation to earn a commission in the Army. When Valloch came across his grandfather’s wartime diaries, correspondence and artifacts, he saw that it was only fitting he share his grandfather’s legacy with the world.

In “The Great War Through a Doughboy’s Eyes,” Valloch offers a unique account of his grandfather’s service during WWI, illustrating the hardships of soldiers at war. Using his grandfather’s diary entries, postcards, letters, wound order, newspaper clippings, military history and discharge papers, Valloch tells the story of a man with an unwavering allegiance to his country and a will to survive.

Cpl. Claypoole’s journey is brought to life through photographs of wartime memorabilia, including playing cards, pictures, dice, dog tags, medals, bayonets, coins, his rifle sling covered with unit crests, his Purple Heart and his WWI Victory Medal and campaign clasps.

“This is the story of one man who fought in the Great War, came home, got married and had a successful life,” Valloch said. “But he also found friendship and life lessons forged in battle that stayed with him until the very end. And that is what I want to relate.”

“The Great War Through a Doughboy’s Eyes” is available for purchase online at

Valloch was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army and as an armor officer upon graduating from Norwich University as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He served in the Tiger Brigade (1st Brigade, Second Armored Division) during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He left active duty and joined the Army Reserve, where he served as an operations officer, plans officer, and then spent a year deployed to Al Udeid Airbase in Qatar as the plans division chief in the 2nd Battlefield Coordination Detachment.

Read the entire article on the Northwest Florida Daily News web site.

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