World War II spy, veteran’s story declassified by OSS

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Helias Doundoulakis, accomplished spy and engineer, shares his remarkable life story in new book

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The cyanide capsule in case of discovery, escaping the Gestapo, risking everything for the sake of a mission . . . these were real things that I survived.

Helias Doundoulakis is a former WWII spy who escaped the Gestapo on numerous occasions. As a future Greek-American engineer, he worked on the Apollo space missions, the F-14 fighter/bomber, the space shuttle, and owns the patent for the largest radio telescope in the world. His name is on the moon. Doundoulakis has accomplished more in one lifetime than many have ever dreamt.

Doundoulakis’ remarkable story is finally declassified by the Office of Strategic Services and available for the public in his new book, “Trained to be an OSS Spy”. It relates his experiences being recruited as a spy during WWII and the harrowing trials that followed.

“I think I can show people what it was really like to be an OSS spy during WWII,” said Doundoulakis. “The cyanide capsule in case of discovery, escaping the Gestapo, risking everything for the sake of a mission . . . these were real things that I survived.”

Doundoulakis is the epitome of a U.S. patriot, driving progress forward in some of the most iconic American pursuits of the 20th century, from aiding the Allies in WWII to putting a man on the moon. His book isn’t just an appeal to society’s natural interest in the dangerous life of spies; it’s a testament and landmark to one man’s indelible imprint on America’s history.

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Trained to be an OSS Spy
By Helias Doundoulakis
ISBN: 978-1-4990-5983-0
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available in English, Greek, and German, with forthcoming Spanish and Chinese
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris

About the author
Helias Doundoulakis has too many claims to fame to mention; as a young man, he befriended the august SOE operative, Patrick Leigh Fermor, and then was recruited to be a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Later, at Gumman Aerospace Corporation, he became a group leader on the Apollo missions, the F-14 fighter/bomber, and the Space Shuttle. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, and the PanCretan Society. He holds a master’s degree in structural engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He lives with his wife of 63 years, Rita, in Freeport, New York. They have four children and ten grandchildren.

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