Letters to Lida is an historical account of World War II in the words of B-29 tail-gunner, Staff Sergeant David Lemal. The story is based on 150 letters David wrote to his mother, Lida, during the war and his reflections, as he read those letters to his daughter, nearly seventy years later.

For the first time since 1945, Staff Sergeant David J. Lemal shared details of his World War II experience, including his combat missions over Japan. These compelling war stories missed the letters and history books.

Letters to Lida illustrates the fortitude of a vanishing generation and offers an inside glimpse into the harsh realities of a soldier’s life before, during and after combat.  In these pages are secrets many World War II soldiers never shared.

Letters to Lida illuminates the silent costs of conflict and the power of love to triumph over the indignities of war. It is a story told by a soldier and his daughter.


UPCOMING BOOK SIGNINGS BY S/SGT. DAVID J. LEMAL AND EVENTS:

 

MID ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM  WORLD WAR II WEEKEND

Report to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum on Reading Airport (KRDG) this 2-3-4 June for the annual WWII Weekend & Hanger Dances.  The published Operations Order is packed with fascinating & fun events, aviation history and entertainment best described here http://www.maam.org/maamwwii.html 

More photos…..http://www.maam.org/wwii/photos/ww2_photo.htm

Friday, Saturday and Sunday  Charlene Briggs,  will be in the Hanger selling her recent release  Letters to Lida, World War II told through the eyes, heart and words of a B-29 tail-gunner. 

 Letters to Lida contains 150 letters Charlene’s father, S/Sgt. David Lemal  wrote to his mother during WWII and his reflections on war as he read those letters to Charlene nearly seventy years later.  

http://www.letterstolida.com

 

There are Hanger Dances both Friday and Saturday evening, with Saturday expected to be the main effort.  Fun 40s attire is optional but highly recommended to keep morale high.   

Friday you’ll swing to the “Let’s Dance” big band, appearing ala Artie Shaw’s USN Big Band. On Saturday, 3 June, The Glenn Miller, USAAF style “Swing Fever” band will set your feet to tapping. 1900-2200 (7PM – 10PM.)   Tickets are $12, the lettuce (cash) will be collected at the gate. You must report prior to 1930 (7:30PM) before the gates close.  Arrive closer to 6pm to catch the arrival of the President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his inspiring speech to kick off the dance.  It’s best to mess (dine) earlier.

The best local mess hall is http://www.readingairport.org/services/restaurants.html the Reading Airport Restaurant.  A good plan is to arrive there for an early dinner Saturday 4:45 – 5pm, soon to be worked off on the hanger floor.  

So you jitter bugs and hep cats, no off time jive (sorry excuse).  It’ll be solid murder (something solid or terrific).  The Big Band on the main kick (stage) always has a killer-diller canary (too hot to handle female vocalist).  Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of all nations will be in their dashing dress uniforms.  The ladies will be khaki-wacky (boy crazy).  Saturday evening, the joint will be jumpin. 

You are expected to do map reconnaissance http://www.maam.org/map_direct.htm  Do not depend totally on your GPS.  

~ Stu Gillard

 


Local Author Expo     Abington Library

Saturday April 22, 2017

Abington Library

1030 Old York Road

Abington, PA 19001
(215) 885-5180
Email | Directions

Meet S/Sgt. David J. Lemal between 1:30 PM and4:30 PM


LOCAL AUTHORS DAY   DECEMBER 3, 2016  DOWNINGTOWN LIBRARY 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Book signings and Roundtable Discussion   122 Wallace Avenue Downingtown, PA  19335

www.downingtownlibrary.org

Meet the Authors

Charlene Briggs, Adele Downs, Katherine McIntyre, Joel Moore, Bruce Mowday, Kellie Springer, Susan Weidener, Betty Wilder

 


HONOR FLIGHT.

David Lemal is being escorted by his daughter Charlene on the Tour of Honor trip to the WWII Memorial on October 11.   Please help us honor our World War II  veterans!

Honor Flight Philadelphia is asking citizens of this great nation, young and old, to take a moment to write “thank you” letters to our veterans, which will be delivered to them on October 11, 2016 during their next Tour of Honor to Washington, DC where they will visit the memorial dedicated to their service and sacrifice.  Although we can never repay them, this tour and these letters are just a small token of our appreciation for all that they have endured so we can live in a free society.


 

Thursday  September 29, 2016

David Lemal will speak about his WWII experiences at the Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project in Allentown. Free Admission.

1633 Elm Street  Allentown, Pa.  7:00 PM


July 11, 2016  Avalon, N.J. Library 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Multipurpose Room (Avalon Elementary School adjacent to the Library)
 S/Sgt. David J. Lemal  will discuss his journey through WWII and his daughter and book author, Charlene Briggs ,will comment on war as seen through the eyes of a soldier’s daughter. Briggs is an environmental scientist and educator currently teaching Environmental Science at Temple University. Q&A and book signing to follow lecture.

David J. Lemal is a VIP Guest Speaker at the Reading Show and will be speaking on Sunday June 5, 2016

6th Annual World War II at Graeme Park April 30th & May 1st 2016

Graeme Park WWII Weekend: Stories from the men and women who served, West Chester Swing Band/Dance and more.


 

WCHE Living History Radio Interview March 9, 2016

December 2, 2015    UNION LIBRARY COMPANY  of  HATBORO  presents   WAR STORIES SPEAKER SERIES   

FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS  OF AMERICANS AT WAR
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Come hear experiences of our neighbors
who have served our country !

Mr. David J. Lemal
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7 PM
Location: Lehman Methodist Church, 300 S. York Road, Hatboro    David J. Lemal Dec 2 2015


SOLDIERS’ CHRISTMAS   At Graeme Park  Saturday November 28, 2015  11-4  Free Admission.  See how soldiers celebrated the holidays on the battlefront during different eras and different wars (Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII)  Crafts for Sale * Visit with Santa – 12-3 * Musical Entertainment *  Refreshments Available  * Collection for Active Military Serving Overseas     www.graemepark.org

Charlene Briggs will be there with Letters to Lida 10% LETTERS TO LIDA SALES ARE DONATED TO VETS JOURNEY HOME TO SUPPORT VETERANS WITH PTSD.


Letters to Lida is available to buy online at the following booksellers.