Tragedy at Graignes

The Bud Sophian Story

by Dennis S. O'Leary & Margaret R. O'Leary



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/24/2011

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 360
ISBN : 9781450283298
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 360
ISBN : 9781450283304
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 360
ISBN : 9781450283311

About the Book

Tragedy at Graignes tells the story of Captain Bud Sophian, the only US Army officer who did not flee Graignes, France, as the Waffen SS overran the American positions and stormed the village. Sophian was a surgeon, and he refused to abandon the fourteen wounded paratroopers in his care. He surrendered by waving a white flag at the door of the badly shelled Norman church where his aid station was located. He hoped for fair prisoner treatment in accordance with the Geneva Convention of 1929. The German troops instead committed unspeakable atrocities, leaving many of the American prisoners mutilated in grotesque heaps. All of the American prisoners, including Sophian, were killed.

Captain Sophian’s judgment and actions in the US Army were the culmination of the rich and challenging life he led prior to the Second World War. Bud’s correspondence with his sister and other Sophian archival materials tell the story of this compelling life. These letters are reproduced verbatim in Tragedy at Graignes: The Bud Sophian Story so that Bud and other authors may speak directly to you and to the historical record.

About the Author

Margaret R. O’Leary, MD, is an emergency medicine physician, former full-time faculty member at three universities, and author of a dozen books. She enjoys history, gardening, and dachshunds.

Dennis S. O’Leary, MD, is a former medical professor and hospital dean, an emeritus accrediting body CEO, and the nephew of the hero of this book. He enjoys health policy, crossword puzzles, and dachshunds.