I Was Trained To Be A Spy by Helias Doundoulakis
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An American born boy grows up in Greece. At his last grades of high school ,during the German occupation, he joined a group of resistance fighters which eventually was hunted by the Gestapo. Avoiding capture he and his group is evacuated to Middle East where he joined OSS in Cairo, was trained and became a spy. He was sent for long secret and dangerous mission in Greece. His telegrams on German movements inflicted great losses to the enemy. Surviving many hair- raising experiences, after the war, he finished 3 Universities receiving Masters in Civil Engineering and accomplished many professional and world famous achievements .

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Helias Doundoulakis was born in Canton, Ohio, of Greek immigrant parents, in 1923. At the age of two, he and his family immigrated to Crete, Greece, and there they lived uneventfully until German paratroopers invaded the island in May of 1941. After a two-year involvement with the Cretan resistance and the British SOE, he was evacuated by the SOE to Cairo, Egypt. He enlisted in the United States Army and was recruited into the fledgling American spy service, the OSS. There, as a novice, he was schooled in the SI of the OSS, or Secret Intelligence sector, and became adroit in the use of the wireless and other techniques so that he was sent back to Salonica, Greece, the main disembarkation point for German troop movements. There, along with a team comprised of a Greek naval intelligence officer, daily messages were sent to OSS Headquarters in Cairo. With this information, detailed German troop locations were monitored, including maritime activities in the port of Salonica. the author recounts in this book one particular message, which resulted in the bombing of a train loaded with German troops, resulting in the destruction of that train and many lives. At the war's conclusion, he was decorated by the United States Army and the Greek government. Upon completion of his duties in the US Army, the author went on to settle in Brooklyn, New York, receiving a Bachelor's and Master's in civil engineering. While in his thirty-five years as a professional engineer, he worked on many notable projects which include the Met-Life Building in New York City, the Apollo Space Missions, the F-14 Tomcat fighter-jet, and the Space Shuttle. His crowning achievement is his patent for a radio telescope, used in the design for the largest of its kind at the NAIC Arecibo Observatory, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He lives with his wife of sixty years, Rita, in Freeport, Long Island. They have four children, and eight grandchildren.
Published October 9, 2008 by Xlibris. 196 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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Doundoulakis is ordered to set up a wireless station to report Nazi troop movements and other relevant information to OSS headquarters, but the author soon discovered Salonica was crawling with German soldiers.

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In one instance, through the Greek girlfriend of a German lieutenant, Doundoulakis relayed word that thousands of Nazis were being marshaled in a railroad yard.

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