Bonus Memorial Day Episode: Shot Down But Not Defeated
Updated: Jul 1
Here's a bonus episode just for Memorial Day! When you do a podcast about cemeteries this is a special day! Learn about how LaShelle got to love cemeteries, and hear an unforgettable tale of heroism and determination. We honor and remember an amazing veteran, Sergeant H. Lyle Grant. This is for him and in appreciation of all our veterans on this day and always.
The Grant's Headstone in the Thatcher, AZ cemetery. They were married for 60 years!
Sgt. H. Lyle Grant after returning home, (after gaining 40 lbs. back) What a handsome young airman he was!
Lyle Grant and his beautiful wife Ione. They were both wonderful, fun, positive, and kind people.
The back of his book and his poem that was quoted in the podcast.
The cover of his book, first addition, Titled From Heaven into Hell
(interesting side note...my talented mom, Edith Austin, did the watercolor artwork for the cover. This is small town America folks!)
Here's "Golden Dream", the beautiful song LaShelle describes in the podcast from her college days, at Eastern Arizona College, where Sgt. Grant participated in the program as a member of the Armed forces. He always loved to be in the program and showed his love and respect for his country and his flag. What an amazing sight and sound! A treasured memory for anyone who was there and experienced it!
Click on the Link Below to hear the song "Golden Dream"
A few things Tammy found at the POW Camp and made into a keepsake about their Papa.
Lyle Grant as he runs his portion of the Olympic Torch Relay! Amazing man in his
20's but also at 80 years old! A true hero and Patriot.
Collage of Lyle Grant's life and achievements!
A park named after him
Daughter Tammy, in Poland as she found the town, and actual POW camp her father was imprisoned. It was an emotional and epic journey into the past.
Underground bunker at the POW Camp
Memorial to the 10,000 men imprisoned at Galag Luft 4, In Poland.
Interviews with the children of Lyle Grant: Vaughn Grant, Debra Grant Spilsbury, and
Tamra Grant Fuentes, used with their permission.
My immense thanks to them for their heartfelt words, Photos and memories of their Dad.
I'm so grateful for their support in telling this story.
From Heaven into Hell By H. Lyle Grant 1989
2ND edition was renamed Shot down but Not Defeated
Used with permission from his family.