Valiant Volunteers: A Novel Based on the Passion and the Glory of the Lafayette Escadrille

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AuthorHouse, Nov 3, 2005 - Fiction - 688 pages
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When World War I began in August 1914, a number of young Americans volunteered for service with either the Foreign Legion or one of the ambulance services. A number of them entered French Aviation. An even smaller number formed Nieuport 124, a squadron of American pilots commanded by French officers, the famous Lafayette Escadrille. This is the beginning of their story...

"Bottom line...this is a great book and I'd like to share it with the Air Force's top leadership." General T. Michael Moseley, Chief of Staff of the Air Force. July 24, 2006.


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Page xviii - And I do further declare and proclaim that the statutes and the treaties of the United States and the law of nations alike require that no person, within the territory and jurisdiction of the United States, shall take part, directly or indirectly, in the said wars, but shall remain at peace with all of the said belligerents, and shall maintain a strict and impartial neutrality.
Page xvi - big and awesome, and filled with a breath of something more than mere life or death, or war, or human meddlings.

About the author (2005)

Terry L. Johnson is a retired Army Officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served twenty-five years as an artilleryman and aviator, with combat tours as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and Desert Storm. During Desert Storm he had a French Combat Helicopter Regiment under his brigade. He also provided the armed escort and flew General Schwarzkopf to the peace talks at Safwan, Iraq. He is a co-author of Certain Victory, The US Army in the Gulf War. He is currently working as a Senior Military Analyst writing future concepts for the Army. He resides with his family in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Please visit his web page at

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