What will your story be? In this episode learn how Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Ford succeeded in his transition and is now changing the Vietnam Veteran narrative across the country.
Bob also has a new book. In his gripping memoir, Black Cat 2-1: The True Story of a Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and His Crew (Brown Books Publishing Group), Bob Ford delivers a vivid portrait of camaraderie, danger, and survival. From July 1967 to July 1968, Ford flew over one thousand missions in Vietnam.
On November 3, 2018, Ford was inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, and was awarded the Major General Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Public Service Award. Named for the founder of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, the award recognizes exemplary public and community service and support of veterans. Ford has funded college educations and student expenses for needy families; placed computers in schools; and donated bicycles for Christmas Santa drawings. In September 2017 he donated a Huey helicopter to the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City for permanent display. Ford’s decorations include the Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters with one for Valor and the Bronze Star Medal.
A gifted storyteller, Ford shared his experiences in a StoryCorps segment recorded in Oklahoma City in March 2018. In September 2018, Ford narrated the audio book version of Black Cat 2-1, available now on Audible/Amazon and iTunes. For more information, visit http://www.blackcat2-1.com/
You can view Ford's book trailer here: https://youtu.be/G082NxzX9dE.