Here's My Heart, A Legacy of Love and War

Author: Leigh Callan

Book: Here’s My Heart, A Legacy of Love and War

About the author: Leigh W. Callan, a biology professor emeriti at Georgia Highlands College, is the author of laboratory manuals in anatomy/physiology and microbiology. A native of Rome, she holds degrees from Furman University and Medical College of Georgia of Georgia Regents University. This book is her first venture into historical nonfiction.

About the book: Lieutenant Doyle K. Whittenburg served in the 2nd Platoon, battery D, 639th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion in the U.S. Army which defended towns, bridges and fuel depots against the German Luftwaffe.

The letters Doyle wrote to his bride, Juby, constitute a chronicle extending from his stateside training days until his return as a seasoned frontline combat veteran.

“Here’s My Heart, A Legacy of Love and War” is an intergenerational story bringing together wartime letters and photographs with the history of the author’s father’s unit and campaigns, excerpts from his memoir of the Great Depression and subsequent war years. It also captures her mother’s recent reflections on her experience as a young war bride.

The book is 440 pages with 140 images and an 8-page color insert.

Where to get the book: Copies of “Here’s My Heart, A Legacy of Love and War” are available at Dogwood Books, 240 Broad Street or online at and

Callan will be discussing the book and signing copies in the library at Georgia Highlands College on Dec. 7 from 4-6 p.m.

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