What I Never Told You: A Daughter Traces the Wartime Imprisonment of Her Father. by Candy Kyler Brown
Author Candy Kyler Brown will give at book talk and signing at the Olean Public Library on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Art Gallery . Ms. Brown will talk about her recently released book, What I Never Told You: A Daughter Traces the Wartime Imprisonment of Her Father.
Ms. Brown spent five years researching the story of her father, Salamanca resident John Kyler’s experiences as a B-17 ball turret gunner during World War II and the time he spent as a German prisoner of war after being shot down.
John Kyler learned at 20 years of age what it felt like to assume the role of a ball turret gunner on a B-17 in WWII, as well as the feeling of terror when shot down and taken prisoner of war by the German Army. Over a brief but deadly fifteen months he was then to face extreme fear, pain, starvation, cold, loneliness, sadness, and despair — an existence that was to define him for his post-war roles of son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, friend and worker.
He left Salamanca , New York , a boy and returned a man having lived and witnessed many life-changing events that he did not choose to put into words. His experience remained untold throughout his life, and his death at age 81 might have left his story unknown, but for the decision by his daughter and wife to uncover the truth. Together they retraced his steps, paralleling his route and resurrecting his deeply buried memories. After over five years their very “sentimental journey” became a mission completed, enabling the spirit of John Kyler to enjoy peace, having at last told his story with the confidence that the memory of what he and many others did will live on.
Candy Kyler Brown was born and raised in Salamanca , NY . The mother of two resides in Kill Buck, NY, with husband, Bradley. She retired from National Fuel after 37 years of service and is currently employed as a Field Representative for Green Thumb Environmental Beautification, Inc. Her last 6 years have been dedicated to researching and writing about her father’s wartime experience resulting in her first published book What I Never Told You: A Daughter Traces the Wartime Imprisonment of Her Father.
Signed copies of the book will be available after the program, hard covers $20 & soft $15.