Don Waful and Casey Ryan | Audio by WRVO staff, video by Bruce Strong

Retired 2nd Lieutenant Don Waful, 93, and Casey Ryan, 28, are seen here as they listen to their Veterans Listening Project interview. Waful was in the Army during WWII, serving as part of the north African invasion force. He was later captured and held as a POW in the German prision camp, OFLAG 64 in Schubin, Poland.

Not many people have had a musical written about their life, but Don Waful has. Don met his would-be wife, Cassie, in 1942, in Belfast, Ireland while serving in the army. Their incredible true story was made into a musical called, “I’ll Be Seeing You.” Casey Ryan portrayed a younger Don in the Syracuse production of the play, and spoke with Don in our studio.

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