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Tempered Steel : The Three Wars of Triple Air Force Cross Winner Jim Kasler - Perry D. Luckett

Tempered Steel

The Three Wars of Triple Air Force Cross Winner Jim Kasler

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Published: 1st March 2005
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Perry Luckett and Charles Byler have written the first biography of Col. James Kasler, who is the only three-time recipient of the Air Force Cross, the second highest medal for wartime valor. Kasler served as an eighteen-year-old B-29 tail gunner in World War II, became a legendary jet ace in Korea, and was so famous in Vietnam that he was known by name in the White House. Major General Hoyt Vandenberg put Kasler, along with Chuck Yeager and Robbie Risner, as "head and shoulders above the rest as stick-and-rudder pilots."

Kasler planned and led the most effective bombing mission of the Vietnam War. He was shot down and had to endure six and a half years of torture in a POW camp. His courage under those brutal conditions earned him the respect of such men as John McCain and James Stockdale. This book captures the essence of a genuine American hero who fought in three wars and traces the history of the U.S. Air Force during its formative period.

"It was privileged to serve in the company of heroes . . . like Jim Kasler. They were the ones who sustained me." --Sen. John McCain
I was privileged to serve in the company of heroes . . . like Jim Kasler. They were the ones who sustained me.
Jim Kasler is an indestructible man who persevered over death.
Experience the deeds and thoughts of a remarkable hero.
"James Helms Kasler won three Air Force Crosses, the only man in history to do so, and is thus a hero to the third power. His life is told in powerful terms in this excellent biography, which benefits greatly from having two highly qualified writers and researchers as authors."
This is not your usual run of the mill biography. This is the story of a warrior. There are many types in the military: diplomats, politicians, sycophants, citizen soldiers, patriots, war lovers, otherwise unemployable, etc. They are all needed and, with good leadership, most perform well under stress. But, surprising as it may seem, the warriors are marked by their rarity. Jim Kasler is a WARRIOR. Having been a POW with Jim and being an aviator (Navy), I can verify that this account is reliable, factual, and even-handed. It doesn't try to tell any one else's story but Jim's own. It is not a revisionist history. It pulls no punches. It tells it like it is (was). It makes you proud to be an American. Thank God Jim Kasler was on our side.

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preludep. xiii
The Child Is Father of the Manp. 1
Two Loves: Martha and Aviationp. 17
Korean War Acep. 27
Testing, Training, and Dangerp. 39
From Canada to Cubap. 55
Cold War Duty in Europep. 71
New War, New Rulesp. 85
Shoot-Down and Capturep. 103
Tempering in Hanoi's Fiery Furnacep. 123
The Light of Freedomp. 173
Homep. 193
Businessman and Citizenp. 219
Afterwordp. 235
Personal Reflectionsp. 237
Military Decorationsp. 257
Selected Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 263
About the Authorsp. 271
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ISBN: 9781574888348
ISBN-10: 157488834X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.58