Tempered Steel: The Three Wars of Triple Air Force Cross Winner Jim Kasler

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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.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books; First Edition edition (February 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157488834X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574888348
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds