War hero to speak at Atmore Rotary

Published 3:45 am Monday, May 18, 2009

By By MaryClaire Foster
Having participated in the Bataan Death March and being a Japanese prisoner of war for three years, Col. Glenn Frazier certainly has a story to tell and does so in his book “Hell’s Guest.”
Frazier said “Hell’s Guest” is not only a memoir, beginning from joining the Army at age 16, but a book sharing the lessons he learned from his experiences in the war.
The forgiveness is something Frazier said took him 30 years to come to terms with, but has fully forgiven his captors for their crimes.
Frazier said he wrote the book not only as something cathartic and healing for himself, but also for war veterans.
Frazier’s wife, Terri Frazier, said she encouraged her husband to share his story.
Randy Nichols, who invited Frazier as a guest speaker for Tuesday’s Atmore Rotary Club noon meeting, said he sees Frazier’s story as one necessary for everyone not in that generation.
“I think these WWII veterans are dying daily and are going to be gone before long and these stories need to be told,” he said. “I don’t think that young people, myself included, really know these stories, and we should. You hear the word hero tossed around and someone like that is a real hero.”
Frazier said in writing the book, he hoped it would help others, whether veterans or not, in some way and it has.
Frazier said the book is appropriate for all ages.
He will be having a book signing from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday at United Bank.

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