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1 Jerome David Salinger was born at NY Nursery and Childs Hospital in 1919 His fathers name was Sol and his mothers name was Miriam He also has an older sister whose name is Doris His father was Jewish and his mother was Irish Catholic Being half Jewish was a conflict for JD JD had a very distant relationship with his father who worked for a meat and cheese business He was sent to Poland as a child to see that end of the meat business He was so disgusted by the slaughterhouses that he decided to take a different career path rather than inherit the family business like his father wanted him to do This also led to him becoming a vegetarian Another reason he and his father had a bad relationship was because his father was Jewish and JD didnt want to be classified as a Jew because people were openly racist against Jews in the 30s and 40s He and his fathers relationship got so bad that he didnt bother attending his funeral JD grew up in Manhattan He attended Valley Forge Military Academy which is in Pennsylvania He got sent to military school for flunking out of two private schools His mother took him to the entrance interview and he was accepted two days later He was the manager of the fencing team He succeeded in military school and enjoyed it His enjoyment of military school soon ended when World War II began In World War II JD would see on average 50 of his fellow soldiers die in a day He said sometimes he would see as many as 200 of them die For the first couple weeks of the war 75 of the soldiers in his unit died and that percentage eventually grew to 125 2 After graduating from the military academy Salinger went to NYU briefly He later left because he did not apply
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