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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James H. Kesler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1926 in South Bend, Indiana


-- James H. Kesler on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=james+h.+kesler


Illinois Connection

Col Kasler lives in Momence, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Colonel James H. Kasler is to date the only person to be awarded the Air Force Cross three times. The Air Force Cross ranks just below the Medal of Honor as an award for extraordinary heroism in combat. Kasler is a combat veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In Korea, as an F-86 Sabre pilot with the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, he was recognized as an ace, credited with shooting down MiG-15s. Kasler flew a combined 198 combat missions and was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam from August 1966 until March 1973.


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Titles At Your Library

Tempered Steel: The Three Wars of Triple Air Force Cross Winner Jim Kasler
ISBN: 157488834X

Potomac Books. 2005

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.


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