Cowboy: interpreter, warlord, one more casualty



Dan Ford in UNH Magazine

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The basic biography:

Adapted from Who's Who in America, 2017:

FORD, DANIEL. Writer. Son of Patrick and Anne Ford. Married; one daughter. Education: B.A. (political science) University of New Hampshire 1954; graduate study, University of Manchester, 1954-55; M.A. (War Studies) King's College, London, 2010. Military: enlisted service, U.S. Army at Fort Dix, Fort Bragg, and Orleans, France, 1956-57. Career: reporter, Overseas Weekly, Frankfurt, Germany, 1958; free-lance writer based in Durham, N.H., 1959 to present; correspondent, The Nation, South Vietnam, 1964; publisher of The Warbird's Forum and other websites, 1992 to present; contributor to Air & Space / Smithsonian, Wall Street Journal, Michigan War Studies Review, and other publications. Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, 1954; Fulbright Fellow, 1954-55; Stern Foundation Magazine Writers Award, 1964; Verville Fellow, National Air & Space Museum, 1989-90; award of excellence, Aviation-Space Writers Association, 1992.

The books

Cowboy: The Interpreter Who Became a Soldier, a Warlord, and One More Casualty of Our War in Vietnam
Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942
Michael's War: A Story of the Irish Republican Army
Poland's Daughter: How I Met Basia, Hitchhiked to Italy, and Learned About Love, War, and Exile
The High Country Illuminator: A Tale of Light and Darkness and the Ski Bums of Avalon
Remains: A Story of the Flying Tigers
Glen Edwards: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot
When I Am Going: Growing Up in Ireland and Coming to America (Anne Crowley Ford)
Incident at Muc Wa: A Story of the Vietnam War
The Lady and the Tigers: Remembering the Flying Tigers of World War II (Olga Greenlaw)
The Only War We've Got: Early Days in South Vietnam
The Country Northward: A Hiker's Journal
A Vision So Noble: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and America's War on Terror
Now Comes Theodora: A College Novel
The Greater America: An Epic Journey Through a Vibrant New Country (Ralph Paine)

Most of these titles are available as e-books for the Amazon Kindle and other e-readers. So are some of my monographs, magazine articles, and internet essays.

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