Author Archives: Ron Standerfer

Memorial Day. It’s Not Just a Three Day Weekend

Tomorrow is Memorial Day and already, the nearby  beaches are jammed with brightly colored umbrellas and throngs of people joyously frolicking in the surf.  And why shouldn’t they? It’s a three day weekend after all—a chance for  hard working people and their families to escape the daily grind of earning a living. Advertisements

November 10

A Veteran to Be Honored, John Borling, Major General, USAF (Ret.)

  General Borling was one of several hundred POWs held in the infamous Hoa Lo Prison aka the Hanoi Hilton; an environment so cruel and hostile that it defies imagination for all but those who once resided there.  During the six and a half years of his incarceration; torture, beatings, sleep deprivation, near starvation, and […]

November 09

A Veteran to be Remembered, Leo Thorsness

A Hero’s Long Journey Without Despair Roy Thompson the British Press Lord once said, “What makes a hero truly great is that they never despair.” Such a man is Leo Thorsness, a former Air Force fighter pilot who endured six long years of constant torture and mind numbing boredom with unflinching courage and gritty determination. […]

November 06

Veterans to be Honored.The Hell Hawks, Fighter Pilots in the Trenches.

  The 365th arrived in the European theater just prior to D-Day, June 6, 1944, and flew their last mission the day the Nazis surrendered on May 7, 1945.  During the Allied Forces advance across Europe, the group‘s operating base was constantly moved forward to provide easy access to the front lines.  For both pilots and maintenance […]

November 05

The 25 Mission Heroes, Veterans to be Honored

B-17s on a bombing mission Courtesy of J David Rogers “Doolittle, Black Monday, and Innovation” What is a definition of a hero? The answer to that question varies depending on who you ask.  In the context of war, an act of heroism often takes on an almost impulsive quality, committed by an individual willing to […]

November 04

Next Monday is Veterans Day. Thank a Vet For His or Her Service

Monday, November 11th, is Veterans Day; a day to recognize, honor, and thank the over 23 million men and women who served our country while in uniform.  According to the 2007 census, 7.6 million of this number are Vietnam veterans, 2.7 million are Korean War veterans and 2.3 million fought in World War II.  Another […]

October 13

Jack Canon’s American Destiny by Greg Sandora

About the Book   Jack Canon Is All In!   Synopsis It’s the steamy summer of 2016 in Washington, D.C. just days before the Democratic National Convention. A long and painful recession has left ordinary Americans suffering, spawning the hottest Presidential Contest in history. Jack Canon, a man born into privilege, a witness to great […]

October 04

What Happened to G-AESY?

A Determined Writer Travels Back in Time to Solve a Decades-Old Mystery On August 15, 1939, British Airways Ltd. Lockheed 14, serial number G-AESY, took off from London, stopped in Hamburg, and was bound for Copenhagen. In addition to the pilot, there was an odd, if not mysterious, group of passengers on board:  a German […]

July 27

Who is Biff Windsock And Where Is He Now?

May 22

Book Review,Memories of a Fighter Pilot

In the forward  to Jay Riedel’s new book “Memories of a Fighter Pilot,” General Charles “Chuck” Horner, USAF (ret.) writes, “No fighter pilot is ordinary, but Jay’s story is extraordinary. “  Extraordinary?  With all due respect to the good general, I would say that Riedel’s story goes beyond extraordinary, by a large measure.  Consider this.  […]

May 05

Happy Cinco de Mayo Y’All

It has become an American tradition to head to the nearest Mexican restaurant to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, Mexico’s Independence Day. This year, as in previous years, the place to celebrate for Boca Raton and surrounding communities was Uncle Julio’s; a popular  restaurant located in Mizner Park, just in front of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.  As […]

April 24

Haiti: A Nation in Desperate Need of Help

Six Percent of Children Like These Will Die by the Age of Five Why?  Because they live in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most disadvantaged in the world.Approximately 76% live below the poverty line.  56% of the people live in extreme poverty.  Nearly 90% of poor households and 67% […]