of a WW II shoot-down
and POW experience as related by a
B-17 Ball Gunner:
The Charles Reed Holden Story
by Charles “Reed” Holden
This previously unpublished story of Charles “Reed” Holden has been salvaged from the multitude of stories from World War II that are fast fading into oblivion. Literally thousands of Reed’s contemporaries are passing on, each day, with important, meaningful, stories yet untold. This tale has been pulled together through the persistent and patient, efforts of Bill Sutton, who enjoys a personal and fraternal friendship with Reed. If you have not had the chance to review Bill’s brief biographical notes, you will find them at
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In the event your have not been exposed to the John C. Schumacher story, a companion Shoot-Down and POW story, you will find it at
Introduction by Bill Sutton
This story is about a young man, “Charles Reed Holden”, who graduated from High School in the post-depression years hoping to find employment in our small city, Port Jervis, N.Y. He worked for a short time at a local factory, but was soon disillusioned by the lack of opportunity, poor working conditions and meager pay. The opportunity of a military career presented itself at this time and “Reed” carefully considered that possibility. He thought it would provide a job which was better than a factory job and a chance for advancement.
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