From Beaver Creek to Hanoi: A Mother’s Quest to Rescue Her Son is a story of a resolute
woman who over the course of three years worked zealously to get her son, a fighter pilot shot
down during a bombing raid, out of a prisoner of war camp during the Vietnam War. Minnie Lee
Gartley, a history teacher who lived in Maine and stayed in Dunedin, Florida during the school
year, joined letter writing campaigns, gave speeches, testified in front of congressional hearings,
traveled with prominent peace organization members to meet with other women from Southeast
Asia, and ultimately went on a risky journey to Hanoi. This story caused a controversy when it
happened and still stirs debate today. What would you do for a child of yours in danger?
Cheryl Grant Gillespie is a lifelong Mainer who writes memoir and nonfiction. She is part of the
anthology Compassionate Journey: Honoring Our Mothers' Stories, which won 3 awards. Her
personal book Gracie & Albert launched in 2019. Cheryl is a passionate advocate for mental
health and has presented this book to NAMI. Her new book From Beaver Creek to Hanoi is a
gift to dear friends Mark and Marcia Gartley.