Join local author and Veteran Gordon L. Bocher as he speaks about his novel, Ghostrider in the Sky. Mr. Bocher will discuss what really occurred in the last year of the Viet Nam War, the war’s aftermath and lasting effect upon our country, and some possible ramifications in dealing with current and future problems. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
About the Author:
"I served 11 1/2 years in the U.S. Air Force where I flew 127 combat rides as a Fire Control Officer (FCO) aboard the AC-130A Gunship and served as a rescue navigator for three years. I also taught celestial navigation for four years as a platform instructor. My last major active duty mission was the abortive attempt to rescue the 55 hostages held in Iran. I was awarded two Distinguished Flying Cross medals including one for valor, eight Air Medals, the Purple Heart, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Conspicuous Service Award from Gov. Mario Cuomo (NY). I also received two nominations for The Silver Star. The VFW Monthly Magazine listed the 10 most dangerous missions of the last three years of the Viet Nam War…I flew in three of them. My personal story was chronicled in Newsday, People Magazine, the Colorado Star, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine and The Book of Man (pp. 417-424) written by William J. Bennett. My book, Ghostrider in the Sky, provides an accurate history of the end stages of the Viet Nam War and why our attempt to rescue our hostages in Iran failed so miserably. I also worked as an Air Traffic Control Specialist for 24 years and I worked for Lockheed-Martin as a Quality Assurance Engineer for three years before fully retiring."
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