TWIN FALLS -- Little was known about the history of First Lieutenant Frank Philby "Bud" Hayes' military service -- until now.
"The Rescue Man: A 'Snafu Snatching' Rescue Pilot's Extraordinary Journey through World War II" chronicles the Filer native's military career during World War II. The book is written by Henry Lowenstein and was released in June.
Lowenstein came across this little known family history during a trip to Filer to visit his mother-in-law. He said he had always been curious about his mother-in-law's brother who died during the war because the details of his service were never talked about. In military records kept in the basement, Lowenstein discovered Hayes was a member of the U.S. Army Air Force's Second Emergency Rescue Squadron that saved more than 700 downed pilots during the war.
Hayes' story is told through letters and records. The book also tells the story of major pre, mid- and post-WWII events occurring in the U.S., Europe and the Pacific.
When Hayes died, Lowenstein said, he was on the front page of the Oct. 28, 1945, Times-News. The book also contains quotes from Times-News articles when Hayes received the Air Medal.
Lowenstein is a professor of management and law and former dean of the Wall College of Business at Coastal Carolina University. He was previously dean of business and public administration at California State University Bakersfield and chair of the California State Universities Association of Business Deans.
"The Rescue Man" is available online at Amazon, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and Apple.
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