ROGER BALL!: THE ODYSSEY OF JOHN MONROE

ROGER BALL!: THE ODYSSEY OF JOHN MONROE "HAWK" SMITH NAVY FIGHTER PILOT

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by Donald E. Auten
     
 

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"Roger Ball! is a magnificent read about a great and distinguished life well lived. John Monroe Smith is a living legend in Naval aviation: an all-American boy living his dream, a dream of becoming the best fighter pilot and carrier aviator in the Navy. He succeeded in being the best in a way that only one with unbridled passion, fierce commitment,See more details below

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"Roger Ball! is a magnificent read about a great and distinguished life well lived. John Monroe Smith is a living legend in Naval aviation: an all-American boy living his dream, a dream of becoming the best fighter pilot and carrier aviator in the Navy. He succeeded in being the best in a way that only one with unbridled passion, fierce commitment, boundless energy, unconditional dedication and relentless resolve can experience."

-Ed Allen, Rear Admiral, USN (Retired)



In the wake of the hard lessons of the Vietnam War, a pantheon of committed naval aviators struggled valiantly to modernize fighter aircraft and overhaul tactics. It was a seemingly titanic task marked by political intrigue, doctrinal apoplexy, and sadly, petty politics.



This is the personal story of one of those naval aviators, Captain John Monroe "Hawk" Smith. It chronicles his growth as a naval officer, his seasoning as a fighter pilot, and his hardening as a commanding officer. It tells of the raw courage of naval aviators and captures the visceral loyalty, unswerving commitment, and the unsinkable camaraderie that is the brotherhood of naval aviation.



Roger Ball! is a seven-g, heart-in-the-throat story of the very unforgiving profession of naval aviation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595600120
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/17/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
484
Sales rank:
236,864
File size:
2 MB

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