For over 60 years, Frank Weishaupt kept a secret from his family and friends. Then at a class reunion in 2009, he was asked a simple question - "What did you do during World War II?"
Frank replied, "I was a spy."
Take a trip back in time with a young man thrust into responsibility and maturity by loyalty to his country in a time of war.
Born in 1925 the son of German immigrants, Frank Weishaupt grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where, at the age of sixteen, he was recruited into America's brand new Office of Special Services (OSS) for the lone purpose of spying on German military activities.
Officially enlisted in the United States Navy, Weishaupt trained in secret during his high school years, studying the French and German landscape and learning hand-to-hand-combat. When he finally deployed in Europe, Weishaupt joined the Normandy invasion of France - not with a gun overhead, but a bicycle. Peddling across the European countryside, he infiltrated and blended in; playing the role of a wealthy, Swiss student. Armed with his knowledge of the French, Swiss, and German languages, he would engage the enemy on a daily basis, deliver vital troop movement information, smoke out a double agent in his own OSS ranks, and save himself from the Gestapo.
Little did Weishaupt know he would be relaying his findings to some of the Allied forces' top brassMontgomery, Bradley, and none other than General George S. Patton, Jr. himself.
Journey with Weishaupt as he weaves his tale of recruitment, training and intrigue, dancing with princesses and wooing beautiful European women, aiding Jews to safe haven, and his search to find himself during times of personal struggle.
For the first time, Weishaupt breaks his silence, openly sharing his experiences and details his covert OSS operations during war; paying tribute to those he left behind, the family who never knew his secret, and the fallen comrades he would never see again.
On Friday, October 24, 2014, American hero and war veteran, Frank E. Weishaupt passed away peacefully in his sleep in Mason, Ohio. My heart hurts just writing this and I cry over the loss of such a wonderful friend who made me laugh and inspired me in more ways that I can put into words.
Frank was truly a "hail fellow well met" and he brought smiles and laughter everywhere he went. I was honored and privileged not only to meet him and hear his amazing story, but to bring it to life so that others may learn of his very personal experiences he kept private for so long.
Please honor the memory of this incredible American by reading his book and sharing it with your friends, family, children, neighbors, church, etc. Only through passing our history on do we stay strong in our beliefs, appreciation, and love of country and those men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedoms.
God bless you, Frank! I know I'm blessed from having known you. Godspeed.
- Marley Gibson, October 28, 2014