American-born Inventor of the Arecibo Radio Telescope Tells His Exciting Past as an OSS Spy in WWII

Share Article

Author’s absorbing memoir will soon be available in Audio Book format.

News Image

Barely out of high school, author Helias Doundoulakis joined a resistance group at the age of eighteen, supplying crucial information to the SOE—the arm of the English Intelligence Service. After their group is uncovered, they are hastily evacuated to Egypt. In Cairo, he was asked to join the SOE, but instead enlisted in the U.S. Army and was attached to the OSS’s Secret Intelligence branch, and the author was sent back to Greece, where he set up a communications cell with a wireless radio he smuggled in, hidden inside a can of olive oil. I Was Trained To Be A Spy is the author’s firsthand, true-to-life account as a spy in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, and his transformation from boy to man.

I Was Trained To Be A Spy is a heart-stopping and electrifying account of one young man’s spy training and perilous occupation. Driving the reading experience is the constant risk of being caught and his methods of escape, which will keep readers spellbound from one page to the next like a script from a movie, filled with danger at every turn.

This is one great read history enthusiasts, military personnel, and espionage fans will surely enjoy. The incredible adventures never stop as this American-born boy, who grew up on the Greek island of Crete, is trained as an OSS agent, and is sent back to Greece, bringing crucial messages to the Allies while dodging the Gestapo, eventually returning to America to pursue his dream as an engineer.

For more information on this book, log on to or visit

About the Author
Helias Doundoulakis was born in Canton, Ohio, of Greek-immigrant parents in 1923. While still a young boy, his family returned to Crete, Greece and there they lived uneventfully until German paratroopers invaded Crete in May of 1941. After his involvement with the Cretan Resistance and the SOE, he and his brother escaped to Egypt. In Cairo, he enlisted in the American Army and was trained as a spy by the newly created OSS and sent back to Greece on a dangerous mission to Salonica, Greece’s second largest city and the hub of Germany’s defensive line for the southeastern Mediterranean. He was the only American soldier in Salonica for a period of nine months, sending daily messages to OSS headquarters in Cairo on German troop movements. With these cryptic messages, many Axis ships were sunk, trains bombed, and enemy soldiers were killed. The author was decorated by the United States Army and the Greek government after the war, became a successful civil engineer for the Grumman Aerospace Corporation, and holds the patent for the suspension system of the world’s largest radio telescope. Doundoulakis lives with his wife of fifty-eight years, Rita, in Freeport, New York.

I Was Trained To Be A Spy * by Helias Doundoulakis
A True Life Story
Publication Date: October 9, 2008
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 194 pages; 978-1-4257-5379-5
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 194 pages; 978-1-4257-5395-5

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Marketing Services
(888) 795-4274 7879
Email >
Visit website