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 DAVID J. LEMAL AND EVENTS:

 

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.