Prologue:

 

Silent Tears And Purple Hearts

 

I grew up knowing my father had been a prisoner of war, but beyond that my

knowledge was sketchy. It was obvious that he didn't want to talk about the

experience, so questions were never asked. Dad had kept a diary of the ordeal,

but the writing was so small, a magnifying glass was needed to read the entries.

My sister, Alene, found the dial}' among Mom's keepsakes and tediously copied it

on lined paper. Then mysteriously, it disappeared. Over the next twenty or so

years, Mother and Alene periodically searched for the copy, but to no avail. In

the spring of 1999, I began feeling led to write Dad's war story. After much

prayer, 1 called dad and asked him to pray about sharing his World War IT

experiences with me. Several weeks later, to my surprise and delight, he agreed.

1 planned a trip to Utah to begin the interviewing process. During a

conversation, the subject of the missing manuscript came up, Mother and Alene

lamented that it was simply nowhere to be found. Maylene, my youngest sister,

spoke up and said, "I know where it is. I found a copy of Dad's journal in the

genealogy book. 1 thought it was something I wasn't supposed to read, so 1 never

said anything about it!" She then proceeded to the bookshelf and retrieved the

manuscript. My mother had also recently received all of Dad's war memorabilia my

Grandmother saved. So the circumstances of the visit confirmed my conviction

that the story was to be written. I left Utah with enough information to begin

the writing process. I soon realized this story needed to be shared with more

than just the immediate family, so I did extensive research, even visiting the

National Archives in Maryland. My prayer is this book will strengthen your

appreciation for the sacrifices millions of families made and continue to make

for our freedom.

 

                                       

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