Heroism Squared

I know this is not about a cop or cop’s activities or anything like that, but I’d like to digress, just once, to recognize a true American hero.

I’m. of course, referring to Col Leo Thorsness.  A member of the US Air Force and a recipient of the Medal on Honor who left this world recently and is off on another amazing adventure.

Col. Thorsness distinguished himself whilst flying “Wild Weasel” missions over North Vietnam.  These are the guys that knock out the North Vietnamese ground to air missile sites before the other fighter bombers can get to their targets.MOH

On his 88th mission his actions were so inspiring and above and beyond the call of duty that his commander recommended him for the Medal of Honor.

On his 93rd mission he was shot down, captured and remained a POW at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” for 6 years.  Spending much of his time as a cellmate of John McCain.

His award was not publicized while imprisoned for the obvious reasons.  Just 11 days after his release he was awarded the MOH by President Nixon.

Senator McCain said that while he was a POW rumblings among the POW’s was that Col Thorsness had been recommended for the MOH.  Senator McCain further stated,”Valor like his is hard to keep from men who have great need of it.”

Godspeed Col Thorsness.





About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.
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