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Updated: Oct 16, 2020


BRAND NEW!    Earl's Latest Book

SOUTH OF THE SUNSET: More Poems of World War II including "Voyage to Anguar"


South of the Sunset is a sequel to Earl's first book of World War II poetry, Before I Walked With Spring, which documented in ballad form his entire Army service in "The Doughboy Odyssey." During his years as a Signal Corps specialist, Earl Shaffer poetically recorded the somber (and sometimes amusing) people and events in the Pacific Theater of World War II, a region he affectionately labeled "South of the Sunset."


In this book, Earl's poetry leads the reader from island to island, culture to culture, and on the "Voyage to Anguar" that was part of the Philippine Liberation. South of the Sunset reveals another chapter of Earl's wartime years in the South Pacific prior to his history-making 1948 first thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.


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During his years as a Signal Corps specialist, Earl Shaffer poetically recorded the somber (and sometimes amusing) people and events in the Pacific Theater of World War II, a region he affectionately labeled "South of the Sunset." In his poetry, he leads the reader from island to island, culture to culture, and on the "Voyage to Anguar," which was part of the Philippine Liberation.


South of the Sunset is a sequel to Earl's first book of World War II poetry, Before I Walked With Spring, which documented in ballad form his entire Army service in "The Doughboy Odyssey."


After his return from the war years, Earl decided to keep his promise to Walter Winemiller (his boyhood friend who had been killed at Iwo Jima) and attempt a thru-hike of the Appalachian Mountains. That journey was well-chronicled in his best-selling book, Walking With Spring. Now with the publication of South of the Sunset, more is revealed about Earl's hidden years of service in the South Pacific.


You may order South of the Sunset from the Foundation for $12.99 per copy plus shipping and handling.


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Updated: Oct 16, 2020


Dave Donaldson (AT98, Spirit of '48) and Maurice Forrester are currently writing a biography of Earl. It is a work in progress, and no date has yet been announced for publication.

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Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Earl's niece, Nancy Shaffer Nafziger, accepted the award on behalf of Earl at the induction banquet held at Boiling Springs, PA on June 17, 2011. Other inductees that night include Myron Avery, Gene Espy, Ed Garvey, Benton MacKaye and Arthur Perkins. Of the six, only Gene Espy of Macon, GA, the second person to thru-hike the A.T., is still living and was present to accept the award in person. The A.T. Hall of fame is housed at the A.T. Museum at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania.



The description of Earl in the Hall of Fame article is as follows:


Earl Shaffer


While Benton MacKaye developed the Trail in concept and Myron Avery built the Trail, it was Earl Shaffer who pioneered the concept of thru-hiking. His notion of a 2,000-mile continuous wilderness expedition by foot was unheard of at the time, yet it went lengths to popularize the A.T. and propagate how the Trail is thought of today. Thousands of adventurers have since followed in Earl's footsteps, taking journeys that have in many cases changed lives and redirected priorities.


More about the Hall of Fame event.


Link to photo gallery of 2011 Hall of Fame event.

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