About the Author

Merry 4 31014 Hegerle

Merry Helm is the recent recipient of the 2014-15 General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant, bestowed by the U.S. Army Military History Institute (Army War College) to assist with further research for the Prairie Boy series

Helm is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and researcher who has written more than a thousand history-based radio scripts for Dakota Datebook, a popular daily program on Prairie Public Radio. She also worked as a screenwriter in the movie industry from 1994 to 2008. The 24th Infantry Division Association bestowed on her an honorary lifetime membership in 2009, after her research helped secure a posthumous Medal of Honor for Master Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Keeble, a Dakota Sioux warrior, and she now serves as the association’s historian.

She lives with her husband Roger Gress in Fargo, ND, and honors Korean War veterans throughout the northern prairies by engaging in book tours and speaking engagements.