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
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.
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
1030 Old York Road
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
Meet the Authors
Charlene Briggs, Adele Downs, Katherine McIntyre, Joel Moore, Bruce Mowday, Kellie Springer, Susan Weidener, Betty Wilder
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
David J. Lemal is a VIP Guest Speaker at the Reading Show and will be speaking on Sunday June 5, 2016
Graeme Park WWII Weekend: Stories from the men and women who served, West Chester Swing Band/Dance and more.
December 2, 2015 UNION LIBRARY COMPANY of HATBORO presents WAR STORIES SPEAKER SERIES
FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS OF AMERICANS AT WAR
Come hear experiences of our neighbors
who have served our country !
Mr. David J. Lemal
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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.