I am delighted to add Bessie May Dean Adcock to our list of World War II Radio Heroes- men and women who aided families like mine, alerting us that our loved one had been captured and was serving as a POW.
Hero: Bessie Mae Dean Adcock (married to W.T. Adcock) P.O. Box 98 or Reams Avenue Roxboro, North Carolina.
I learned about Ms. Bessie May as I learn about most others, by the word of a good citizen trying to help someone (and sometimes that someone they are trying to help is me). In this case, I received an email from Kathy Young, the Director of Person County Museum of History in Roxboro North Carolina.
One of her volunteers brought more than 100 responses from letters written (by her Mother) to POW families and was wondering what to do with them.
If you know anything about this story, World War II Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion, you know that we salute each and every person involved with POW message relay. Their service to POW families, the POW him/herself, and the country at large, is largely unknown but is priceless to those of us affected.
Thank you Ms. Bessie May. Thank you to her daughter. And, thank you to Kathy Young for reaching out to me. Adding another name to this list of exemplary Americans makes for a delightful start to 2014.
Happiest of New Years to all of you.