Return with Honor

Return with Honor

by Scott O'Grady, Jeff Coplon


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An American fighter pilots heroic tale of survival behind enemy lines. On June 2, 1995, U.S. Air Force Captain Scott OGrady was shot down in the skies over Bosnia. The world now knows that he lives, but how he survived in a hostile land for 6 agonizing days & nights is revealed here in thrilling detail. This is the incredible account of one mans courageous struggle for freedom from an enemy who hunted him relentlessly. Relying on his survival training, cunning, & deep faith in God to evade capture, Captain OGrady never gave in. Here is his amazing story of courage, faith, & patriotism. Illustrated.

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ISBN-13: 9780788169359
Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 188

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Return with Honor 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
taterzngravy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Return with Honor is Scott O'Grady's account of evading capture after having his F-16 shot down in Bosnia while enforcing a no-fly zone. I followed the account as it happened in 1995, and I had the same thought then as I had reading the book--not much happened. There was no hand-to-hand combat, no contact with the locals, no chase scene, which is why he lived to tell about it. The account of his hiding out is bookended by the exciting account of his escaping capture on the first day and his rescue a week later. In between was the mundaneness of his survival. He would lie motionless during the day, and move by night a few hundred feet to another hiding place. He takes five paragraphs to describe how he stood up from his hiding place."I started by rolling back to my left side, then pushing my torso up slow-motion with my right hand. With my left hand anchored, I pivoted into a sitting position. Then I brought my legs in close; both hands were flat on the dirt behind me now, to help lift me into a squat."Each of these moves had a half dozen components, and I isolated each one . . ." In all, he only traveled about two miles during that week.He did come into contact with two locals, whom he named Leroy and Alfred though they were females. But they didn't see him. This part of the story was humorous and could have been expanded upon.He could have also explained more of the survival techniques such as when he finally gave in and started to eat insects. I would like to know what were the guidelines for eating insects.To create suspense, O'Grady flashes back into his life to show the steps he took to become an Air Force. This technique was effective and informative. The reader sees that O'Grady is a professional who paid his dues.He also cuts away in places to show how his family and colleagues are coping with his disappearance. These vignettes make for a well-rounded story.This book is good for those who are interested in the story behind the headlines, and for young people who are interested military stories. Being in the military, or in this case, the Air Force, is not all bravado and heroics (according to 0'Grady, not at al)l. It is methodically carrying out one's training. This book is also proof that military books do not have to be filled with profanity to be authentic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
glad he made it through safe, but it's pretty much by the numbers. hard to believe we had a conflict with no casualties.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a amazing book about trumph and faith in god a real life hero
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was 'outstanding'. What an insight into the 'person' that Scott O'Grady really is, and what made him who is his and the experience he survived in 'his own words'. I'd recommend it to everyone who wonders how to build his own character!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love suspense-ful non-fiction military books this is for you! The story of a brave Airforce fighter pilot who is shot down BEHIND ENEMY LINES! He must evade his enemy until he can be rescued.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scott O'Grady details his entery into the Air Force and his journey into Kosovo. His constant regiment of escaping and evading the enemy is as much physical as it is psychological. Written with humility and admiration for those who came to his aid. Captian O'Grady shows how when situations are at worst, the best will prevail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know that was a bad thing to say, but read the book you'll understand. This book is awesome, Captain O'Grady's story of survival is just amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story of survival. Captain Scott O' Grady gives you the full force of his condition and emotions while he was in the Bosnian Serbs. I recommend it to anyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and found it to be pretty simple and easy to read. If you've ever wondered what it is like to be an Air Force F-16 pilot, I suggest you read it. This book has lots of information on how he grew up, and his family, which some people might prefer to skip over. (I don't really care about his personal life.) He writes in detail about how he was able to fly the F-16 and all of his training, which I found to be very captivating. And yes, of course, he has the story of his shootdown and rescue. To be honest, I enjoyed reading the part about his training more than his recue story. I would recommend this book to somebody that is either interested in becoming an Air Force pilot, or is just happens to be really interested in his rescue story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
captain scott o'grady is a true american hero. even if he says he's not. He's a role model that's good to look up to. Once you start this book you can't stop so if you want to read it make sure you don't have to do anything else. Capt. O'grady is an amazing human.