About the Author

Ken Elder Bledsoe was raised Ken Elder Bledsoe, author of in New Mexico but has lived in Colorado most of his life. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a degree in history and a master’s degree from Colorado State University.

He served six years in both the New Mexico and Colorado Army National Guard and was cited for “exceptional service in providing emergency medical treatment to victims of an auto accident” and presented the Meritorious Service Medal.

After 33 years as an award winning social studies teacher, he retired.

When he was four, Bledsoe’s parents divorced, and he had limited contact with his father, Vernon O. Elder, a WWII Pacific War veteran. Vernon was a tail gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 19th Bombardment Group and had many harrowing experiences that he and Ken never had a chance to discuss.

In an effort to learn more about his father, Ken joined the 19th BG Association and has interviewed several men who served with Vernon. His quest to know led him half way around the world.

Writing this book has instilled in Ken much pride and admiration for Vernon – both as a warrior and as a man. Ken lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. 


Ken Bledsoe, Author    Ft. Collins, Colorado     © 2016