About Stanley E. Edwards, Jr:
Stanley E. Edwards, Jr., co-author of D-Day and Beyond: A True Story of Escape and POW
Survival, was born in Boston in 1923, but spent most of his early years in Chicago.
He always loved airplanes and worked for a time at O’Hare field. In 1941 he enlisted
in the army and attended flight school in Granada, Mississippi, before being sent to
England prior to his D-Day mission.When his plane was shot down, he bailed out
and landed alone in a field, separated from the rest of his crew. Luckily,
he was able to hook up with a crew of paratroopers trying to fight their way back
to the American troops. They were captured by the Germans, escaped and were re-captured
three times before Stan was eventually sent to prison camp at Stalag Luft III.
After returning from the war, Stan married his sweetheart, Shirley Broecker, and they
raised four daughters in the Chicago area where he worked for International Harvester
for 30 years. He was an avid golfer and maintained his interest in WWII and flying all
A member of Former Prisoners of Stalag Luft III, he attended reunions and
maintained contact with his fellow prisoners for 50 years. As he says in the book,
“I am bound to them by the extraordinary circumstances in which we found ourselves.
And all of us know what it means to be grateful just to be alive. That’s what I want to
tell young people of today. Live while you can. Spend time with your loved ones.
Make every day count. It’s not what you accomplish in this life that matters—it’s
how you live it.”
Stanley Edwards died in April, 2004, having lived a long and full life.