Lee Burtman, author of “Fighting for Delphine—A Soldier’s True Story of Triumph and Tears”


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Lee Burtman writes true stories that are rarely shared and are now being lost to eternity—those of ordinary soldiers who did extraordinary things. World War II veterans are leaving us by the hundreds each day–I every 3 minutes–and taking their poignant tales with them.  Lee’s passion is to document their experiences so that we never forget their sacrifices or take for granted the freedom they have won for us.

Fighting for Delphine: A Soldier’s True Story of Triumph and Tears, follows a Minnesota veteran across France as he served in Patton’s Army as a motor messenger in the 92nd Signal Battalion. Ken Krueger hand-delivered secret, coded messages from Patton to the frontlines—correspondence essential to the defeat of the Nazi regime.

The sequel, Return to Fénétrange, is included in this new second edition. Lee helped Ken fulfill a life-long dream of returning to France sixty-seven years after the War ended—to re-trace his steps as a soldier and to search for the French fiancée he was forced to leave behind.  In returning, Ken also sought forgiveness–from one who could never grant it and from another who ultimately did.

Lee’s current project is the story of a Korean War veteran; her own father. It is entitled Waiting in the Wings. She will also be editing another memoir and writing a book containing veterans’ stories across several conflicts.

Having retired from a long teaching career, Lee is on staff at Bethlehem Baptist Church, coordinating the Disability and Special Needs Ministry. Book profits support people in Ukraine who provide care and education for children with disabilities. Lee lives in Lino Lakes, Minnesota with her husband, Greg, is mom to four adults, and grandma to six grandchildren with a seventh on the way!

Fighting for Delphine is available to Military City USA Radio listeners by writing to the author at burtmanlee@gmail.com, or at Amazon.com.

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