Leo Thorsness: Vietnam: Valor in the Sky

Leo Thorsness: Vietnam: Valor in the Sky

by Michael P. Spradlin


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Lieutenant Colonel Leo K. Thorsness was a Wild Weasel pilot in the Vietnam War, targeting enemy missile sites. On a 1967 mission, when his wingmen ejected from their burning aircraft, Thorsness initiated attachs on enemy planes and other daring maneuvers in order to protect them. Two weeks later, he was shot down and would become a P. O. W. for the next six years.

This is the third nonfiction middle-grade book in the Medal of Honor series, which profiles the courage and accomplishments of recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest and most prestigious personal military decoration, awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary acts of valor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250157140
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Series: Medal of Honor Series , #3
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 9 - 11 Years

About the Author

Michael P. Spradlin is the New York Times–bestselling and Edgar Award–nominated author of more than a dozen books for children, including the Western Heritage Award–winning Off Like the Wind: The Story of the Pony Express. Spradlin grew up in Homer, Michigan, and attended Central Michigan University where he graduated with a BS degree in history in 1982. He currently resides in Lapeer, Michigan, with his wife, daughter, and two schnoodles, Apollo and Willow.

Table of Contents

U.S. Air Force Ranks ix

1 Wild Weasels 3

2 The United States' War in Vietnam 10

3 Boyhood 20

4 Saving Lives 25

5 Learning The Ropes 37

6 Return To Route Pack Six 45

7 The Day's Not Over 53

8 Shot Down 57

9 Pows 65

10 Captured 71

11 Six Long Years 77

12 Home 87

Leo K. Thorsness's Medal of Honor Citation 93

Key Terms 95

Notes 97

Selected Bibliography 99

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