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Miroslav Froyda was born on March 7, 1933 in Pilsen. Shortly before the beginning of World War II, his father died, so he spent his childhood and adolescence only with his mother. He was sensitive to the changes associated with the German occupation and had a hard time bearing the signs of supremacy on the part of German children of the same age, and as a very young boy he had the courage to delineate himself to their provocations. He experienced repeated raids on Pilsen at the end of the war, the arrival of American troops and the last fighting in the city streets. That was the first time he wanted to join the US Army. His second dream, to which he dedicated everything, was to become a fighter pilot. He graduated in 1953 from a higher industrial school and wanted to continue his studies at the Aviation Academy. However, due to negative attitudes towards the communist regime, it was not accepted. He therefore changed his original plans and decided to leave Czechoslovakia in order to join the US Army abroad. Under relatively dramatic circumstances, he managed a carefully planned escape. Together with his friend Jaroslav Klaas, they crossed the guarded border near Vranov nad Dyjí and from there they continued through the Soviet occupation zone to Vienna. They enrolled to the US military mission, and after a thorough investigation, they were offered cooperation with the US military intelligence service MIS (Military Intelligent Service). They signed the cooperation and after a year of training they were sent back to Czechoslovakia with the task of organizing an intelligence group on Czechoslovak territory. However, the second crossing of the border failed, they were detained and subsequently both sentenced to fifteen years in prison. Miroslav Froyda spent his sentence in several prisons, including the dreaded Leopoldov. He was released after more than eleven years, in 1965. In 2013, he was granted by the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic the status of a participant in the resistance against communism and at the same time the status of a war veteran.