Author Helias Doundoulakis Typifies the Quiet, Heroic Young Men of His Era and Continues His Personal History as a WWII OSS Operative in “I Was Trained To Be A Spy Book 2"

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New Memoir Continues Gripping History Owed to America’s Secret Warriors

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Author Helias Doundoulakis is an American-born man who spent his boyhood in a small village on the Greek island of Crete. In his last year in high school he witnessed the German invasion of the island in May of 1941, during the early days of WW II. At the age of eighteen, he joined a resistance group headed by his brother, and supplied crucial information to the SOE, an arm of England’s intelligence services. This resistance group was uncovered, resulting in their hasty evacuation by the SOE to Cairo, Egypt. These experiences and subsequent ones form the basis of I Was Trained To Be A Spy Book II, the second book of war memoirs by Doundoulakis, who writes of terrible violence and how he saw it as a young man, a recreation of a portion of American history owed to its secret warriors – as gripping a tale as any wrought by invention.

In Cairo, the author and his brother were asked to join English intelligence but instead chose to serve the American OSS, or Office of Strategic Services, the newly formed American intelligence counterpart. They were enlisted into the US Army, and attached to the OSS, where the author was trained in the Secret Intelligence sector, which included parachute jumping, wireless/Morse code training, commando/defense training, locks/safe-cracking techniques, escape methods, and environment assimilation techniques.

After being transformed into a skilled “spy,” the author was sent back to Greece undercover, and along with a Greek naval intelligence officer, set up a communications cell in Salonica whereby daily coded messages to OSS Headquarters in Cairo were sent. One such message describes the course of events surrounding the bombing of the main railroad yard in Salonica, and the loss of thousands of German troops. The author recounts his personal experiences with the Cretan Resistance, his escape from Crete through the mountains, the evacuation by an English torpedo boat, his OSS training, the return mission to Greece, as well as recalling the near-capture encounters with the Gestapo and Greek police, and his final return to the United States.

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About the Author
Helias Doundoulakis was born in Canton, Ohio, of Greek immigrant parents, in 1923. At the age of two, he and his family immigrated to Crete, Greece, and there they lived uneventfully until German paratroopers invaded the island in May of 1941. After a two-year involvement with the Cretan resistance and the British SOE, he was evacuated by the SOE to Cairo, Egypt. He enlisted in the United States Army and was recruited into the fledgling American spy service, the OSS. At the war’s conclusion, he was decorated by the United States Army and the Greek government. Upon completion of his duties in the US Army, the author went on to settle in Brooklyn, New York, receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s in civil engineering. While in his thirty-five years as a professional engineer, he worked on many notable projects which include the Met-Life Building in New York City, the Apollo Space Missions, the F-14 Tomcat fighter-jet, and the Space Shuttle. His crowning achievement is his patent for a radio telescope, used in the design for the largest of its kind at the NAIC Arecibo Observatory, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He lives with his wife of sixty years, Rita, in Freeport, Long Island. They have four children, and eight grandchildren.

I Was Trained To Be A Spy Book II * by Helias Doundoulakis
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