Aline Countess of Romanones Message Board

Donna posts on 10/18/2013 1:56:12 PM I had the pleasure of meeting the Countess during a book signing event at the old terminal of the Pittsburgh PA International Airport. I was a huge fan, still am, and lucky for me the event was not well attended. I sat with her and she answered so many of my questions for nearly one hour. She was absolutely charming, lovely, classy and friendly. She was kind enough to take my address and she sent me an out of print first book. Due to things happening in my life , I failed to properly thank her. I am thrilled to have the chance to do that now. I hope that she gets this message and knows that I thank her and admire her very much. I was so lucky to have met her and I will always remember the time that she spent with me fondly. I wish her well, she has greatly influenced my life more than she knows. Her class and grace are something that I tried to emulate. Thank you and Best Regards, Donna Schake
Anita Fournier posts on 9/13/2013 10:06:33 PM Robert, I also extend my condolences upon the death of your friend.
Angela posts on 9/12/2013 9:52:36 PM Robert, my condolences. Also, I realized too late that I'd misspelled Lassalle. I agree with you completely about the reality of many young people not fully understanding the impact of WW2 on their lives.I can appreciate what I have by looking through the eyes of my parents, who along with their families and friends in Holland and Indonesia, suffered horribly during the war. I am 46, but feel even my peers are unconscious about anything that happened over 5 years ago. If we all stopped to reflect more often, we would all know how fortunate we are, regardless of any other negative things we have to deal with. Sacrifice deserves to be remembered.

Robert Huddleston posts on 9/12/2013 10:41:11 AM Thank you Angela. This was especially appreciated having recently received word that one of my fellow combat pilots of the European conflict had died. I find it sad that so many young people have so little understanding as to the impact of the Second World War on their lives. That war was, and shall remain, the seminal event of the 20th century.
Angela posts on 9/11/2013 6:08:50 PM Since today is Patriot's Day, I'm taking the opportunity to thank Aline, Edmundo Lasalle,Robert Huddleston and all other service members past and present who so bravely and honorably help keep the US and our allies safe. We can never fully know or appreciate all they do on our behalf, but can only convey our deepest gratitude. Thank you, with all my heart.
Paul Emmanuel posts on 8/20/2013 6:15:08 PM Thank you all for the help. I will try as you suggest, and keep you posted here. Best regards, p
Anita posts on 8/20/2013 12:35:03 PM Sarah, and Robert, you both really gave Paul some great info on research, and I hope he is able to find out more after your suggestions. When I was looking I tried it myself, and really never "quite got the hang of it" and should hire a student to do it for me. I have read many many books on the OSS and they have all enlighted me, and as I read and read I learn so much more. The Countess actually helped me and I now feel versed in the subject, and see the connections within the OSS Stations & agents in Europe and the MID East.
Sarah posts on 8/20/2013 5:33:56 AM Paul, another option is to write the dean of one of the History department universities and ask for some recommendations for a Ph.D.student to do some research for you. I did my thesis research at the Archives and found I needed some more documents so I did what I suggested above and hired a grad student who send me other documents. It worked beautifully. Further, most of the students know how to use the archives very well, maximizing their time and your money. I would ask them what they'd charge, but, keep in mind that any Ph.D. student is a talented researcher so make sure you pay fairly.
Robert Huddleston posts on 8/18/2013 2:23:59 PM Paul The staff at the National Archives will not do your research for you but if you can manage a visit they will go all-out to assist. I could not have completed my biography of Edmundo Lassalle, a agent with the OSS in Spain, without their assistance. The archivists who focus on WW II should be able to lead you to the records of Naval Intelligence officers post to the Madrid Embassy. Good luck
Paul Emmanuel posts on 8/17/2013 8:33:59 PM Anita, Thank you but they have both passed away without any stories. I would love to find out more. I have tried to contact the embassy and got no response. I have a request in with the National Archives but...... Thanks for your help. paul
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