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An American Unsung: Based on Actual Events In the Life of My Friend, Dayton Edie, American Hero
  • by Harold Ray Finley, Jr.
    • Edited by Carol Greer
      • Merriam Press World War 2 Biography Series
        • Second Edition 2019
          • 236 6x9-inch pages
          • 110 photos, illustrations and documents
Dayton Edie (say it with a long E, like the ice cream) was my good friend and a bona fide American hero.

He seldom spoke of his own combat from fighting in World War II and the Korean War, and on those rare occasions that he did, I listened intently.

Although his own actions rarely came up, now and then he would discuss historic events and famous people encountered during his lifetime, and this story is as Dayton told it.

Some of Dayton’s experiences occurred when he was an operative for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC), covert branches of the U.S. government. Of these, he almost never spoke.

The stories you find here about those covert activities are based on vague narratives and hedged comments from Dayton, combined with the results of years of in-depth research. There is not a doubt in my mind he was a member of both organizations during his long career in the U.S. military.

This biography has been a labor of love. Dayton was a true American hero, but he is a hero unsung.

Read, and decide for yourself if he doesn’t deserve to be remembered for his courage under fire, his leadership, his strength, and ultimately his kindness, since history has all but forgotten Dayton Edie.


I bought this book for my husband who is a WWII buff. He enjoyed the story so much he encouraged me to read it as well. The way the book is written I felt like a good friend was telling me a story over a cup of tea. From birth to death this Hero led an amazing life... adventure, baseball, war, true love, espionage, devotion. Thank you Mr. Edie for your service. —Katie

Enjoyed this book. Very interesting. Highly recommend! —John Jones

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