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Remembering November 7th – POW Shoot Down and Capture

  It was 4:00 PM, November 7, 1967 when Captain Ken Fisher and I rolled our F-4C Phantom jet into a dive-bomb pass that would forever alter our lives. Swooping downward our bird’s turned-up wingtips, elevated tail, and deafening roar, must have resembled a high-tech version of a pre-historic pterodactyl.  Plunging toward the gunners below […]

Elemendorf AFB and Leading with Honor

Such a great group of leaders at Elmendorf Air Force Base that are getting ready for deployment. We talked about the character, courage, and resilience needed to defend freedom in general. Grateful that they are so dedicated to their work and talents. Find out where Lee is speaking on the Speaking Page       […]

The Moon Landing Perspective from the POW Camps

By Lee Ellis Where were you fifty years ago when American astronauts landed on the moon? Do you remember what you were doing that day? Most Gen X, no Millennials, nor more recent generations can answer that question, as you weren’t born. But there are still many around who do remember what happened on July […]

Today is National Vietnam Vets Day – See Enclosed

We wanted to highlight and remember that today, March 29th, is National Vietnam War Veterans Day as a way to thank and honor our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. There are 5 objectives with this Vietnam Commemoration and the other four are: Highlight the service of our Armed Forces […]

A Quick POW Reunion Story – Uncle Tom

A Quick POW Reunion Story – here is a picture of me and long-time POW cellmate, Col. Tom Story (or as we called him “Uncle Tom”). Tom is 88 and still living life to the fullest. One of the more interesting aspects of POW life was our internal education programs that we had in the […]

Tribute Story – Fellow POW Smitty Harris

What an inspiring read for New Year’s Eve! Today, I’m paying tribute to my brother, friend, and fellow POW cellmate, Col. Smitty Harris USAF. We spent almost 5 years in the POW camps together and were cellmates for two years. And he’s the Code Bearer mentioned in my book, Leading with Honor. At 90 years […]

Meet 5-Year Old Josh #VetsDay

Meet 5-year old Josh, Lee Ellis’ youngest supporter! This picture was taken after his appearance in his school’s Veterans Day program, and this talkative, energetic young man shares the POW story of Lee Ellis wherever he goes! Happy #VeteransDay from Leading with Honor #NeverForget      

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day for 82,000 Americans

Today is POW/MIA Recognition Day. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel from all past wars and conflicts to their families and the nation. At present, more than 82,000 Americans remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the […]

New Documentary Trailer – “Sijan: A Quest for Freedom”

Leading with Honor is helping announce this important new documentary about my friend and Medal of Honor recipient, Lance Sijan (1942-1968). It’s entitled “Sijan: A Quest for Freedom” – please watch the trailer below and learn more about his enduring life and accomplishments.  #NeverForget Lance P. Sijan – Website  

Randolph Air Force Base at Sunset

This is sunset at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Shown are the Taj Mahal and the American flag, symbols of this famous base from the 1930s. It was the West Point of the air in World War II, and it’s where I did much of my flying.  Always like to go back to this historical […]

The Lewis Energy Private Museum of World War II Airplanes

Have you ever visited the Lewis Energy Private Museum of World War II airplanes in San Antonio? This is the P-39 Airacobra, the first airplane that I experienced as a 5-year old child. This plane was my first memory of becoming interested in flying when I saw it in person. Fun Fact: it’s the only […]

Honoring Former POW Leo Thorsness Today

Today Col. Leo Thorsness USAF (1932-2017), one of America’s great heroes will be honored and laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery. Leo not only served courageously as a six year POW in Vietnam, but also was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courageous airmanship as a fighter pilot, leading air strikes over Hanoi. […]

Today’s Veteran Highlight – Former POW Orson Swindle

Orson Swindle, a decorated Vietnam War prisoner of war, was interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam after he was shot down on November 11, 1966, and was held until his release on March 4, 1973. Swindle served over twenty years as a Naval Aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he retired […]

Today’s Veteran Highlight – Former POW Smitty Harris

Such an important leader and friend in Vietnam POW history, (then) Captain Smitty Harris is a legendary figure to all POWs. The year before I arrived in the camps, most of the POWs living at the Briarpatch, a camp near the mountains outside Hanoi, were stricken with beriberi. Smitty had to walk on the cold […]

Today’s Veteran Highlight – Former POW Ken Fisher

I’m thankful today for Ken Fisher, my fellow crewman, aircraft commander, cellmate and senior ranking officer (SRO) for more than three years and cellmate for close to five years for his friendship and courageous leadership in very tough times. I grew as a man and as a human being following his example. Also, a big […]

Former POWs and Aviators Meet in Atlanta for Reunion

Last Saturday, we had a Tet Luncheon for former POWs in the Atlanta area and also invited other aviator friends from the Vietnam War. It was a great get together and many good stories were shared. The Tet Offensive was one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War, launched on January 30, 1968, […]