A letter penned in 1944 uncovered the true story of Helen Gregg and Clarence R. Stephenson. She was the daughter of Irish immigrant parents and grew up desperately poor in Hell’s Kitchen during the Great Depression. He was raised in the dying industrial city of Ironton, Ohio. After the attack at Pearl Harbor, he vowed to defend his country as a pilot in the Army Air Corp.
They met purely by chance during the summer of 1942. As soon as their eyes met, they knew their lives would never be the same.
She Called Him Raymond Available Now
"Ray O'Conor abandoned his career to search for his namesake, a heroic B-17 pilot who died in World War II. What he found touches the heart and stirs the soul."
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The Story Behind The Story
Some people live two lives. One is the life that others can see or are allowed to see. The other is the life really lived. Even those with whom we are close, with whom we shared a home or who raised us from infancy, may have had a life about which we know virtually nothing.
A letter, a birthday gathering and a secret, set me on a decade long search for the truth. A search for the truth can lead to the journey of a lifetime.
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