New book: Captured! Stories of American WWII Prisoners of War

Captured! Stories of American World War II Prisoners of War contains eight stories of men who endured countless struggles in the name of freedom.

Over the past several years I have had the privilege of interviewing 260 World War II veterans. Their stories have fascinated me. Few are left to tell about their experiences. I now have the privilege of putting their stories into books.

My new book contains an unique assortment of never-before-told stories in full. You will hear about a Jewish man who feared parachuting out of his plane shot down over Germany. Would his German captors kill him because of his faith?

One teen escaped his Japanese captors, only to be recaptured and forced to work on the Thai-Burma railroad.

A Bataan Death March survivor made it through three years of abuse, starvation, hard work– only to become so ill he wasn’t sure if he was in heaven or still alive. It is available on Amazon. Go to my blog post ‘Happy 245th birthday to the Navy’ to read an excerpt.

My first three books in the WWII Legacies series contain nearly 100 stories from various branches, including those of women: We Fought to Win: American WWII Veterans Share Their Stories; They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans; We Gave Our Best: American WWII Veterans Tell Their Stories.

Coming soon! We Defended Freedom: Adventures of World War II Veterans (release November 2020).  

These books are available in print and Kindle.


Need a speaker?

I am excited to share my knowledge and experiences, complete with photos from my 10-day WWII tour of Europe, with audiences via zoom. We will see what it was like to storm the beaches of Normandy , stand in a foxhole in Belgium, gaze at Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest retreat near the Austrian Alps and walk in reverence at the former killing center at Dachau where thousands of people were murdered. The 45-minute talk is interspersed with comments told to me by WWII veterans who served there, making this a unique presentation.

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My talk about Europe is designed to be inspiring and educational. Here is one librarian’s comments:

“Kayleen Reusser offered an excellent presentation. The audience seemed to enjoy seeing all of the pictures and hearing the stories.  My family and I were still talking about it the next morning. I enjoyed working with the author and can’t wait to read her new book!”                    — Shana Neuenschwander, Berne (IN) Public Library

Contact information is available on my Speaking page.

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Kayleen Reusser

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