Dad's Drawings

Subtle Messages of Fear & Faith

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Diana Maul Halstead is the eldest of the three daughters of Henry Eugene Maul and Dixie Davis Maul. From when she and her sisters were children, they were told to never ask Dad questions about his time in the war. They never did.

Included in this book are letters from home, photographs, and documents to support his writings, as well as formerly classified documents about him and Allied Prisoners of World War II in Germany and how they were treated, by the guards (aka GOONS), their families back home, from starvation to appalling food, loneliness, poor hygiene, and the community the men built. According to one of his former classmates, The Marches were the most difficult ordeals for him to experience. Henry Eugene Maul’s timeline of one of those marches is included. What he brought back from his year as a Prisoner of War, not only shaped the rest of his life, but how he raised his daughters.

The diary is not a story told in the typical day-to-day method, but he had a drawing-by-drawing, poem-by-poem, note-by-note method of writing his accounts. He used the intense solitude to draw his thoughts, his observations, and his fears. Within each drawing, each poem, each note is symbolism of what he, his crew, and fellow Prisoners of War were enduring.

Influenced and angered by the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and shortly after graduating Marquette High School in Alton, Illinois, Henry Eugene Maul, enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. He trained to take on one of the most dangerous positions in the Air Corps as a waist gunner. As a member of the 96th Bomb Group and the 338th Bomb Squadron, he completed 8 missions before his plane was downed by enemy fire, May 8, 1944, causing him and his crew to be captured by German scouts.

 

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