Heroic career of ‘Colonel (Ret.) Harry G. Canham’ told in new book

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Ruby Gwin depicts evolution of air power through USAF officer’s distinguished service in WW2, Korea, Vietnam

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“Harry’s military journey is unique of a modest pilot who wished not to tell of his accomplishments but just a pilot doing his duty.” Gwin says.

Author and history buff Ruby Gwin’s new book tells the true story of one man’s distinguished military career, chronicling his personal journey and experiences across three wars, the political and historic developments during the Cold War’s hottest years and the riveting air combat operations he participated in. This is the story of “Colonel (Ret.) Harry G. Canham” (published by Trafford Publishing), a man who dared to do his duty.

The narrative spans the beginning of his duty in 1942, at the height of the Second World War, up to his retirement and return to civilian life in 1974, after the Vietnam War. Gwin charts the evolution of air power from when it was under the ground forces’ auspices as the United States Army Air Corps to the time it became the United States Air Force, a fully-fledged branch pivotal to the nation’s military operations ever since its establishment.

Readers will see the sacrifices Canham made, the decades spent away from the comfort of home and the dangerous missions to protect America. Gwin frames this within the big picture, showing air power’s place in the sheer scale of the Allies’ worldwide operations against fascism. Canham’s courage is displayed in what Gwin could disclose of his top secret missions, juxtaposing his combat roles with the process of establishing peace. The book contains photographs of, and information on, the aircraft he piloted, from prop-driven transports to warbirds, bombers and Vietnam icons like the AC-130 gunship and the F-4 Phantom fighter, displaying the technological and doctrinal development of strategic bombing and its refinement, which would lead to the precision airstrikes used today.

Gwin depicts an Illinois boy’s transformation to a man who earned numerous decorations while being humble, neither courting attention nor flinching from assignments. Gwin also shows the tremendous risks he and his colleagues faced, the ever-growing sophistication of their enemies and their weapons, from flak barrages to the MiG interceptors and surface-to-air missiles employed in Vietnam. Canham was not unscathed, his injury from Vietnam is shown, underscoring his perseverance to continue serving and flying in 86 more missions.

“Harry’s military journey is unique of a modest pilot who wished not to tell of his accomplishments but just a pilot doing his duty.” Gwin says.

“Colonel (Ret.) Harry G. Canham”
By Ruby Gwin
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 146 pages | ISBN 9781490766232
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 146 pages | ISBN 9781490766249
E-Book | 146 pages | ISBN 9781490766256
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ruby Gwin is from rural Indiana, she is married and is a mother of three. She has authored nine books.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.

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