Friday, June 1, 2012

Standing room only for speaker Dan Illerich

A standing room crowd came to hear featured speaker Dan Illerich speak and answer questions surrounding the events documented in Judith Heimann’s book The Airmen and the Headhunters: a true story of lost soldiers, heroic tribesmen and the unlikeliest rescue of World War II. Dan is also the featured narrator of the Airmen and Headhunters PBS documentary.  Dan Illerich lives in Friendswood, Texas with his wife Mary. He is the last surviving Airmen in The Airmen and the Headhunters story. He provides the only first hand testimony of the American Airmens’ experiences with the Dayak tribes in Borneo. Of the ten men in the B-24 bomber crew shot down by the Japanese in November 1944, seven survived the parachute from the plane. Dan tells their story.

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