The story of Molly Malone captures the hearts of anyone who hears it. He was stationed with the Australian squadron in the west desert in 1941 and was killed when he was 31 years old. His story is known by many, but that wasn't always the case for his family. After 60 years, that's about to change.
Ray Duke flew in from California to hand deliver the diary of Malone back to JMU professory, Geoffrey Morley-Mower. Duike originally got the diary from Mower who used it to write a book on his days with the Australian squadron in North Africa. Duke became a fan of the book and eventually became friends with Mower who agreed to lend him the diary.
Ray Duke says, "You read these history books and you're almost detached from it, but when you read a diary and then you locate relatives there is a human connection."
It was Dukes idea to return the diary to Malone's nephews. Michael and Timothy Malone saw their uncle for the last time as young children. They only knew that he had been a casualty of war.
Geoffrey Morley-Mower, "They knew and loved their uncle who had disappeared into the war and never came back and they knew nothing about him and now they know a lot about him."
Now that the book has been returned to Mower, he is going to deliver it to Michael in England on August 8th.
Ray Duke continues, "I think peoples stories just need to be told. A lot of the stories from World War II are of heroes but a lot people didn't live long enough to get models or gain recognition. They just did their job and many or them just died."
Malone's body was never found. Morley-Mower leaves for England July 30. Duke is planning on meeting the Malones sometime in November.