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Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed every year on March 29 and is a way to thank and honor our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. Who does Vietnam War Commemoration Honor? U.S. Armed Forces personnel with active duty service between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless […]

Surviving an Upside-Down World – How the POWs Led Through Change

by Lee Ellis What a week we’ve just had! Are you in shock? How could anyone ever imagine that the NCAA basketball Final Four would be cancelled, Major League Baseball would be shut down, cruises and college classes would be shut down (or go virtual), and the Masters would be postponed indefinitely. What we have […]

Special Tribute Remembrance for Capt Ray Alcorn

What a wonderful of the love in being your brother’s keeper! Today, Leading with Honor pays special tribute and remembrance for Capt Ray Alcorn USN Ret. who flew west (passed away) yesterday at age 80. He had experienced severe heart problems and other issues in recent years. He served as a POW for more than […]

Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Lee was honored to attend the Unveiling Ceremony of the 15 framed citations and photos of the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame (GMVHF) Class of 2019. Lee and the 14 other inductees brought the total to 115 brave and selfless Georgians who have been inducted into this rare and noble hall of fame for […]

Christmas in the Vietnam POW Camps – A Look Back

During this special time of gift-giving, today’s extended post is an excerpt from the chapter on “Clarify Your Culture” in Leading with Honor. We wish you a peaceful and joyful Christmas season from Lee Ellis and FreedomStar Media – “The day I received my first package from home is a case in point. As the […]

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 […]