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VE Day: One Michigan man filed first-hand reports from the scene of Germany's surrender

May 6, 2015

It was one of the most jubilant days in history.

VE Day: the end of the Second World War in Europe. 

As a pool reporter, Kiley (left) shadowed Eisenhower
Credit Courtesy of David Kiley

David Kiley of Ann Arbor has a unique link to that historic day 70 years ago.

His father Charles Kiley was a reporter for the Stars and Stripes, the newspaper for the American military.

Kiley was the only reporter present as the Germans and General Eisenhower's staff hammered out terms of Germany's surrender.

And he was one of the 17 reporters who witnessed the signing of the terms.

David Kiley's cover story "The Crowded Hour" is in the May/June issue of World War II Magazine

His new book is called Writing The War: Chronicles of a WW2 Correspondent

Credit Courtesy of David Kiley

XXXThere will be a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of VE Day this coming Friday, May 8th in Royal Oak.

It's a chance to pay respects and say thanks to the Michiganders who served in the war and on the home front.

More details can be found here