History Detectives: WWII Diary, Tokyo Rose Recording, Crazy Horse Photo
Airs Monday, July 20, 2009 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
"WWII Diary" (encore presentation) – A man in Lexington, North Carolina, has a poignant diary written by a World War II pilot. He inherited the diary 20 years ago from his father, who said it once belonged to a close friend whom he fought alongside in WWII, until the war took his friend’s life in 1944. Keeping the last thoughts of this fallen solider is now too great a burden for the contributor. Can "History Detectives" return it to a living relative? The stakes are raised as the diary pages reveal the story of a young American pilot stationed in England, racing against time and all odds to return home before the birth of his first child. Host Wes Cowan heads to Florida on a quest to reunite the diary with the pilot’s surviving family.
To verify the photo, "History Detectives" host Elyse Luray tracks down a Crazy Horse descendant and visits the Crazy Horse Memorial. Finally, she puts the photo in context with other works by the same photographer at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Watch an interview with Elyse Luray.
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