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World War II Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion
by Lisa L Spahr  Austin Camacho 

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Publisher:  Intrigue ISBN-10:  0976218178 Type: 


Copyright:  2008 ISBN-13:  9780976218173

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World War II Radio Heroes is a must have for lovers of history, military history, short-wave, or just a great humanitarian story!

WWII Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion is a story about strangers helping each other during a time of war. The book features more than 30 letters and postcards sent to the authorís family in 1943, alerting them of her grandfatherís capture and status as a prisoner of war. Upon discovering these letters, Ms. Spahr began researching the people who did this, and why, and reached out to find them or their next of kin, more than 60 years after the fact. Her journey is detailed in WWII Radio Heroes.† Excerpt
Two years ago I began my journey. I found a collection of letters from strangers written to my family in 1943. All of the letters (70 of them) said relatively the same thing, "Robert Spahr is a prisoner of war." Robert is my grandfather. He was a Private in the Army and was captured in Tunisia and held for 26 months. These letters were written by individuals (some organized some not) who listened to short-wave radios from enemy lands in hopes of learning something about the war and our heroes fighting in it. They spent countless hours writing down the names and addresses they heard over the radio and sending penny postcards or three-cent letters to families to alert them of captured family members. Once understanding the letters and process I sought to find some of the original authors to thank them- more than 60 years later. I found a few! They were teenagers at the time they wrote to my great-grandmother. ... The story continues in WWII Radio Heroes.

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Letters from WWII are treasured!
Wartime letters are very special, and those Lisa writes aboutóthe caring attempts of strangers to notify mothers, fathers, wives, and sweethearts that their loved ones were alive and prisoners of waróare among the most special Iíve read. I recommend it highly to anyone who has served, as well as anyone who has waited in anxiety while a loved one served in harmís way on a hostile shore. -Reverend Mitzi Manning, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps retired

What a great story!
I expect that many people have never heard the heartwarming story of the men and women across America who regularly monitored Nazi short-wave broadcasts to learn the fate of American GIs taken prisoner by the Germans. What a great story!
-Honorable Charles L. Cragin, Former Chairman, Board of Veteransí Appeals and Senior Defense Official

Such a fitting tribute!
The kindness of strangers is evident in the efforts of each individual engaged in POW Monitoring, their dedication provided comfort to so many at a very difficult time. This book serves as fitting tribute to individuals who made a difference in the lives of so many. They brought hope, relief and above all compassion to the families of service men and women fighting for our freedom. Clearly, the loyal listeners and relayers made a difference in the lives of so many and they are truly heroes. These heroes are aptly honored within this book for their letters of compassion.

Fran Hackett, Member, Advisory Committee on OIF/OEF Veterans and Their Families

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