December 7, 1941 found Bill Germiller with a good job, a girl he loved, and the prospect of marriage and success on the horizon. Then, like millions of other Americans, Bill’s life was turned upside down. Sixty-six years later, the daughter of Bill and Peggy Germiller came across a dusty trunk in a corner of her deceased parents’ attic. Filled with letters, photos, and a journal that Bill had kept during the War, it held a story unique to Bill and Peggy, yet so familiar to their generation. Letters Home tells of a burning, doomed B-17, a parachute descent into the teeth of German rifle fire, an arduous trek across Europe to a POW camp in the East, survival under near-starvation conditions, a 600 mile march in the depths of winter, and a dash to the American lines and freedom. It is the story of a war, but also the story of a love that persevered years of separation, the possibility of death, the uncertainty of missing-in-action status, and almost impossible odds. Take this journey with Bill and Peggy through their time, and our nation’s time, of challenge and victory.
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