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Items of Interest for ALL Veterans

The Combat Veterans Luncheon

Date is Thursday, March 8, 2018

Venue: The Perfect Pint, 205 East 45th Street, NY, NY

Time: Noon-3pm

$60 includes lunch and three hours open bar

                                                                                                                                 Combat veteran and guests welcomed

For more information contact Al Smith,


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The Connecticut Air National Guard publishes a bulletin that has valuable information for ALL VETERANS.  CHeck it out here –>  CTANG Retiree Bulletin   The current newsletter highlights FREE GLASSES for retirees at the Groton Sub Base.

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Book Written by USCG LCDR & MOAA Member

An interesting letter we just received from a fellow MOAA member: A Yank in the Luftwaffe – A World War 2 suspenseful thriller in France eBook: Robert V. Ricard, Stephen Ricard: Ki

Dear Colonel Simonetti: 

I am a MOAA life member.  I live  in Eastpointe, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.   I am also a life member of the VFW.  I would like to inform your Western Connecticut MOA, Inc. chapter of  a book I have written which should be of interest to all of you.  It is available on Amazon Kindle.  If you click on the above, which will take you to Kindle, you can see the front cover and read the preliminary pages, the first two chapters and the reviews eight readers have given the book..  Below is a plot description and my background.  Attached is a copy of a  letter I received from General Mark A. Welsh III, USAF Chief of Staff, in response to my letter telling him about the book.  Also attached is a copy of an article I wrote which was published in the January 2014 issue of the MOAA magazine.


Thank you.

Robert V. Ricard


                                                             Plot Description

Entitled “A Yank in the Luftwaffe,”  the book is a fictional novel, a suspenseful thriller, that takes place in German-occupied France during World War Two. It begins with fighter pilot Major Erich Berger, U. S. Army Air Corps, in a dog fight with a German fighter plane. Both planes are damaged by gun fire and make a forced landing in the same field. Berger gets out of his plane and walks to the German plane where he sees the pilot slumped over the instrument panel with a head injury.  Berger pushes the pilot back in his seat and is shocked to see his identical twin brother Hans. They were born and raised in Germany, but their parents were anti-Nazi and emigrated to the U. S. before Hitler took complete power.  But Hans had been brain washed by the Hitler Youth Movement and refused to go with his parents and Erich. He went to live with an aunt and uncle who were pro-Nazi.  Hans dies of his injuries while Erich is watching him.  A member of the French Resistance and an American OSS agent walk up to the plane. The OSS agent talks Erich into impersonating his brother in the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe.  But Erich comes under the watchful eye of the Gestapo, Hitler’s dreaded secret police, for Hans having recently written a letter to his girl friend severely criticizing the Luftwaffe high command, the letter considered anti-Nazi.  But the Gestapo is not the only peril Erich faces because Hans is hated by another Luftwafffe pilot for being responsible for the death of the pilot’s father at the hands of the Gestapo.  And Erich is also in danger working with the French Resistance to defeat Germany.  In his early stages of working with the Resistance, he falls in love with a beautiful female member of the Resistance who saves his life one night.  There is quite a bit of combat flying.  And there is a British Royal Air Force Stinson Reliant  hit by some Gestapo machine gun bullets while taking off to get two people out of France.  That was one of the functions of the RAF during WWII.  The book is a nail biter with no boring segments. 

The book is available on Amazon Kindle for $4.99 or it can be borrowed to read free of charge if the Kindle owner is part of that program.  Bob’s first book, “Deep Selection,” a murder mystery based on the U. S. Navy Tailhook scandal in 1991, is also available on Amazon Kindle.  

                                                         About the Author 

 Robert V. Ricard is a retired U. S. Coast Guard lieutenant commander.  He learned to fly at age 13 at the Detroit City Airport and got his Private License at the age of 18.  He has been a student of World War II history for years, in particular the war in Europe. He was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal and the Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal, the latter of which for operations north of the Arctic Circle while serving aboard a Coast Guard ship out of Adak,  Alaska, one of the Aleutian Islands in 1959 and 1960, on which his primary duty was navigator.  He served on that ship during the Cold War with Soviet Russia. On the Bering Sea, one of the roughest bodies of water in the world, Soviet Russian trawlers, which were actually armed spy ships, tried to collide with U. S. Navy and U. S. Coast Guard vessels to provoke a Cold War incident.  One night in thick fog, six Soviet trawlers surrounded Ricard’s ship.  Ricard had them on radar and when the trawler on his starboard side was slowly closing in, Ricard was able to maneuver out of the encirclement.  He later became an experienced investigating officer in the field of marine safety and wrote many investigative reports.  His last assignment was executive officer (2nd in command) of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office, Detroit, with three extended periods as acting commanding officer.  He is a life member of the Military Officers Association of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He is a member of The American Legion, the Royal Canadian Legion,  the Coast Guard Alaska – Bering Sea Patrol Association and the Military Writers Society of America.  After his retirement from the Coast Guard, he had several articles published in boating magazines, and he was a contributing editor of “Lakeland Boating” magazine. The “Detroit News” published an article Commander Ricard wrote in early 1976 on the sinking of the SS EDMUND FITZGERALD in Lake Superior in November of 1975.  He lives with his wife, Christine, in Eastpointe, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

I would like to add something to my background for the benefit of military aviators.  After I got my Private License and turned 19 years old, I tried for USAF flight training.  My instructor taught me how to do some aerobatics when I was 17 going for my Private license and I wanted to become a fighter pilot.  (In those days, you could try for USAF flight training when you were 19 and had graduated from high school.)  I passed the initial written exam and physical at Fort Wayne in Detroit.  The USAF sent me to Chanute AFB, Rantoul, Illinois for four days of written exams and coordination tests.  I was one of two out of 30 applicants who passed the written exams and coordination tests.  On the fifth day, I failed the physical due to my vision.  They dilated the pupils of my eyes and found two near-sighted diopters.  The doctor said the Air Force could not take a chance on me.  I was one broken-hearted kid.  I was already a member of the Coast Guard Reserve so I went on active duty to get my military obligation over with.  That was in the days of the draft (Conscription).



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