A Thousand Letters Home

About the Authors

Teresa K. Irish

Five-and-a-half years after finding her father’s WWII letters, Teresa Irish brought “A Thousand Letters Home" to print. Teresa has been featured at over 300 venues and has appeared on ABC News, NPR, Veterans’ Radio, Frontlines of Freedom, Military Author Radio, The History Author, and the nationally syndicated National Defense Radio Show.

Born in Saginaw, MI, Teresa is a 1984 graduate of Michigan State University. She has worked in various industries, most recently as a vice-president for a national home health and hospice company.

Teresa retired in April 2012 to devote her time to sharing “The Journey of the Letters,” and the accompanying message of citizenship in today’s world. Teresa lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and is married to Colonel Brad Foster, who recently retired after 28 years with the United States Army.

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Aarol W. “Bud” Irish

The only son of the five children of Damon Lou and Alice Virginia (Reid) Irish, Bud was born in January 1922 and was raised on a dairy farm in Hemlock Michigan. He was 20 years old when he penned his first letter as a soldier of World War II. After serving 38 months in the U.S. and Europe, he returned home a decorated war veteran, having received the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and two ETO Bronze Battle Stars. In 1946 he married Elaine Marie Corbat. Together they raised 10 children, five sons and five daughters, over the course of their 60 year marriage. Bud built a successful career as a general agent in Life, Health and Disability Insurance, and was very civic and service oriented. He was a President of the local Lion’s Club, a Service Officer for the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW), Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and a dedicated member of Serra International. He was an active supporter of Boysville of Michigan and numerous other charitable organizations, and sat on the Boards of Directors of many professional organizations. Throughout his career, Bud spoke nationally on the power of attitude and positive thinking. A survivor of prostate cancer, he was a pioneer in Intermittent Hormone Therapy (IHT) and an advocate for prostate cancer awareness. He spoke at the International Symposium on Prostate Cancer for Physicians, was profiled in the book “Prostate Cancer: Portraits of Empowerment”, and was active in the prostate cancer support groups Man to Man and PAACT. His passion for life and desire to live served as an inspiration to many others who battled cancer. A member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Saginaw, MI, and Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, FL, Bud was active in parish and diocesan affairs throughout his life. He loved his faith, his family, his country, the outdoors, and music. Bud passed away in April, 2006 at the age of 84.