Len Asher

  • Place of Birth: New York City, New York
  • State of Residence: Arizona
  • Years of Service: 4
  • Wars Involved In: WWII
  • Theater(s) of Operation: Peru

To the right is a letter written in 1944 describing some of what Mr. Asher did durring the war.

During the war, Len Asher was not in the armed services, but he played an important role in the war effort. When the war broke out after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Mr. Asher and his business partner wanted to enlist, but the U.S. Government had other plans for them. They were put in charge of collecting the bark of trees that contain Quinine. The U.S. government was worried about their soldiers catching malaria, and Quinine was the only known anti-malarial. Unfortunately, the Japanese controlled the Dutch East Indies, which was the only other source of Quinine besides the Peruvian jungle. Mr. Asher and his partner were told to start an organization to collect quinine, and that they would be working in cahoots with officers in the U.S. Army to do it. They were put into the intelligence sector of the U.S. Army. He and his partner ended up supplying 50% of all of the quinine for the U.S. Army.

This interview is from a video that was put together by his family when he was 91 years old. It is in three parts. Unfortunately, he recently passed away. Please take a look at this interesting interview with a man who played an important part in saving the lives of the men who fought to protect our country. He is truly a hero.

This is the first part of his interview

This is the second part

This is the third part

 

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