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BTNL Partner Jim Noles Speaks At 65th Infantry Division Reunion

BTNL founding partner Jim Noles spent Veterans Day in Camp Shelby, Mississippi, where he enjoyed the great privilege of speaking to the veterans and families of World War II’s famed 65th Infantry Division. The division trained at Camp Shelby in 1943 and 1944 (before deploying overseas to Europe) and was welcomed back to the base for its “Reunion of Remembrance.”

Noles, a veteran of the U.S. Army himself, shared with the group the story of their fellow 65th Division soldier Ed Christl, who features prominently in Noles’ latest book, Undefeated: From Basketball to Battle – West Point’s Perfect 1944 Season. Christl captained West Point’s basketball team in 1944 but would not live to see the end of the war. Serving as a lieutenant with the division’s 868th Field Artillery Battalion, Christl was killed in action in Austria in the final week of the war. Today, West Point’s basketball arena is named after Christl.

“There are some people who go through life wondering if they have made a difference,” Noles paraphrased former President Ronald Reagan. “You veterans do not ever have to wonder such a thing.”

About Barze Taylor Noles Lowther LLC: Barze Taylor Noles Lowther LLC is a Birmingham, Alabama-based law firm with a national practice focused on litigation, insurance coverage issues, and environmental matters. For more information, visit or follow @BTNL_law_firm.

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