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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Harry Spiller  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1945 in Marion, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Spiller was born in Marion. He received a BS in Criminal Justice, a BA in Political Science, and an MPA at Southern Illinois University. He resides in West Frankfort, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Harry Spiller, began his career in public service in 1963 as a recruiter for the United States Marine Corps, delivering death messages and organizing funerals for those killed in action. A decade later, he worked as a lawman in Southern Illinois before serving as Sheriff of Williamson County from 1982 to 1989. In 2008 he retired from his position as an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois, where he taught for 28 years.

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American POWs in Korea :
ISBN: 0786405619. OCLC Number: 39633630

McFarland,. .

More then 7,000 Americans were captured during the Korean War. In North Korean prison camps, nearly 40 percent of them died - murdered, frozen, or starved. Through compelling personal interviews, this book tells the stories of sixteen who survived.

American POWs in World War II :
ISBN: 0786442751. OCLC Number: 270109647

McFarland & Co.,. .

"These 12 accounts describe hardship, brutality, frostbite, hunger, strenuous working conditions, and the release in the words of the soldiers, portraying the Bataan Death March, Wake Island, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, and the camps where they watched their comrades in arms suffer and perish. The book also features photographs, maps, camp lists, and POW regulations"--Provided by publisher.

Death angel :
ISBN: 9780786467419. OCLC Number: 983204895

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Murder in the heartland.
ISBN: 1596527978. OCLC Number: 705944245

Trade Paper Press,. .

Murder in the heartland.
ISBN: 1596527986. OCLC Number: 732845885

Trade Paper Press,. .

Murder in the heartland.
ISBN: 1596527994. OCLC Number: 732845939

Trade Paper Press,. .

Pearl Harbor survivors :
ISBN: 9780786411795. OCLC Number: 48038308

McFarland,. .

On December 7, 1941, Japan waged a surprise attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. It was a major victory for the Japanese Navy, which in less than two hours destroyed 188 American planes, damaged another 159, and sunk or seriously damaged 18 U.S. warships. The battleships Arizona and Oklahoma were sunk. The battleships California, West Virginia and Tennessee were badly damaged and would not rejoin the United States fleet for months. Over 2,400 American military personnel were killed and 1,178 were wounded. The Japanese lost 29 planes and pilots and five midget submarines and one large sub with their crews. Here are 24 personal accounts of servicemen who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Prisoners of Nazis :
ISBN: 0786403489. OCLC Number: 37509869

McFarland,. .

"They fought on the beaches of Normandy and in the Forest of Ardennes. They parachuted from burning planes and slogged past corpses half-buried in mud. But they came to find their greatest battle to be fought behind stone walls and barbed wire fences. Their fiercest enemies were sickness, starvation, and loss of will." "Prisoners of the Germans, these American soldiers spent the last months of World War II in crowded, filthy, unheated barracks, wracked by disease, given a daily ration of one bowl of thin soup and one hunk of bread. What they suffered and how they survived they relate to the reader in honest and moving narratives."--Jacket.

Sheriff :
ISBN: 1563115077. OCLC Number: 44647726

Turner Pub. Co.,. .

Vietnam :
ISBN: 1890551066. OCLC Number: 50819750

Southeast Missouri State University, Center for Regional History,. .