By Eric H. Vieler
A trip on My Own tells the tale of Eric Vieler, born in the United States yet raised in Hitler's Germany, the place he observed the persecution of Jewish pals and skilled the bombing of towns. After being expelled from a Nazi-run academy, he crossed conflict strains to arrive his domestic. On Easter 1945, he encountered American troops, grew to become their interpreter, and witnessed fierce battling. He joined British profession forces, doing quite a few jobs for nutrition as reimbursement. Vieler's quest for his American id used to be fulfilled whilst he used to be repatriated to the USA at age fifteen, yet techniques of independence have been thwarted whilst, because of his age, he used to be required to wait public tuition. even supposing he held after-school jobs, his fundamental help was once via a brand new York urban welfare service provider. In 1950, Vieler enlisted within the military, used to be commissioned at age nineteen, and went directly to serve in Korea, the place he used to be heavily wounded and two times adorned for valor.
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Fulbright, who had heard rumors of the inva sion plans, handed a memorandum to the President when he boarded Air Force One, the presidential jet. S. hand in that enterprise was far better covered than it is today with regard to the Cuban exiles. S. hand. . Consideration must also be given to the nature and compo sition of the government which succeeds Castro. . The Front . . is without the kind of leadership necessary to provide a strong, vigorous liberal government. . The prospect must also be faced that an invasion of Cuba by exiles would encounter formidable resistance which the ex iles, by themselves, might not be able to overcome.
As a result, the mis sions had to be timed to the second. The flights would come in over the sea at fifty to a hundred feet to avoid Castro's radar. Garcia climbed to 1,000 for the drop, then zoomed back down to sea level and headed for home, chasing the wavetops. Since he frequently encountered anti-aircraft fire in areas supposed to be friendly, Garcia concluded that the CIA's contacts with the underground were not as good as they might be. He was right. Back in Washington, Bissell and the other CIA operators were dismayed at the lack of success of the air drops.
A Journey on My Own: A Youth from Hitler's Germany Strives to Claim His American Identity by Eric H. Vieler