I received an interesting link from a reader. When I first saw the article I realized that name was familiar. I read the article in Wikipedia and could not figure out why that name was so familiar. Then toward the end of the article came the recognition link…
Joseph R. Beyrle is thought to be the only American soldier to have served with both the United States Army and the Soviet Army in World War II. He died in 2004 for the second time? The first time he died was when he was pronounced KIA (Killed In Action) by the USA government. Of course they had no idea that he had escaped from a Germany war prison camp and had jumped on board a Soviet Tank Brigade and became a fighting solider with the Soviet Army.
This is an amazing story and you need to read the Wiki article and get the whole situation.
Near the end of this article is when I discovered what the name meant to me. Joseph R. Beyrle has a son named John Beyrle, who is the United States Ambassador to Russia! Now that is a name that I have seen many times and it seems that John Beyrle has a good relationship with Russia.
Now I know why… 🙂
Windows to Russia!
PS: Keep sending these great links everyone. I receive two or three a night and sometimes wish I had more time in a day to post them all. I promise to try to get to them as soon as I can. If they fit into Windows to Russia, they will get posted…