Ira Teen Palm was just an average Joe with strong musical talent when he marched off to war against the Germans but bolstered by his love for sweetheart Helen and a deep-seated faith in God, became so much more. Rising to the rank of second lieutenant, Palm took part in an a previously unknown, unsuccessful assassination attempt on Hitler and came away with the custom-made pistol given to the dictator by the Walther family. Palm eventually earned a chestful of medals during his distinguished military career and came home with the special gun yet this is less a war memoir then a testament to one man’s strength of character and firm religious foundation.
Woodbridge and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Possley are to be commended for presenting this moving, well-written story about an ordinary man facing the worst sights, sounds and challenges of a bloody war with grace and dignity. Whether your interests are historical, spiritual or just looking for a good read, it is difficult to do better then this.