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A Window into the Navy's Air War in Vietnam

Those ’67 Blues is available for pre-release purchase online.

Gulf Breeze, Florida, April 24, 2011 – Patriot Media, Inc. of Gulf Breeze, Florida, has released their newest title, Those ’67 Blues, a novel by author B.K. Bryans. The book reveals a two-week period in a day by day account of flight operations and the heroic acts of men flying into the hostile skies of North Vietnam during that angry autumn of 1967. Many of the exploits in the book are based on the author’s Vietnam War experiences as a U.S. Navy A-6 pilot.

Phil Waters, an A-6 Bombardier/Navigator during that war, states, ‘Those'67 Blues is my kind of book. It has the accurate detail that satisfies the guy who’s been there and done that, and intrigues the guy who wishes he could have’.

As a teenager, the author worked as a cowboy on two southern Arizona ranches, later becoming the young horse wrangler for a film company shooting western movies for television at the Old Tucson movie set. After two years at the University of Arizona, he entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in Pensacola, Florida, and became a carrier-qualified jet pilot at age twenty. While a naval aviator, he flew 3,669 hours in thirteen different types of aircraft, made 652 carrier landings (163 of them at night), and flew 183 combat missions in A-6 Intruders during the Vietnam War. He then went on to command Attack Squadron Thirty-Five (VA-35) aboard USS Nimitz and later retired as a Navy Captain. His combat awards include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and thirteen Air Medals. In addition to his flying duties, Captain Bryans served as Aide to the Senior Member of the U.N. Armistice Commission in Korea, Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, and Special Studies Director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Artwork for the cover of Those ’67 Blues is from a painting, Moonlight Intruders, done by the renowned artist Craig Kordera. His art pieces hang in several museums, including the permanent collection of art at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space museum, Washington. D.C. Among his awards are the 2001 R.G. Smith Award for Excellence in Naval Aviation Art, and the Best of the Best Award for the year 2000, Aviation Week Space and Technology magazine.

Those ’67 Blues is available for pre-release purchase online at and for only $14.35, plus $4.00 shipping and handling or by calling (850) 897-4204. Those wishing an autographed copy should indicate their preference when ordering. A portion of the book’s sale price can be designated for donation to the Tailhook Association’s Education Foundation during the ordering process.

Mrs. Dari Bradley
Patriot Media, Inc.
Gulf Breeze, Florida
(850) 897-4204  

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