Francis J Partel, Jr
Francis J. Partel, Jr., better known as Frank, says he “was educated at Columbia University and in the Gulf of Tonkin with the United States Navy.” Serving in USS Ticonderoga, Attack Carrier 14, as a junior officer, he simultaneously held down assignments as Office of the Deck, as a Combat Information Center Watch Officer, and as one of the ship’s two Strike Controllers to gain a rich and unique perspective of aircraft carrier operations during the Vietnam War. His perspective spans from the surface ships that screen the formation, to the oilers, ammunition and stores ships which replenish the task group, to the squadrons which courageously flew the missions to deliver ordnance on the target. Given the specialization of skills and the complexity of carrier organization in the modern navy, and later as a civilian pilot, few writers of modern naval fiction have had the experience to write with Mr. Partel’s authority and authenticity on the subject.
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Down in Laos
by Francis J Partel, Jr
Down in Laos is an action-thriller, suspense war story for avid readers of naval historical fiction. It involves a ship, an air wing and a pilot based on actual major military and political events in SE Asia in early 1968. When LT Ti Campbell USN, a man of faith, is shot down and parachutes into Laos, he becomes a prisoner of the brutal Pathet Lao and his life uncannily parallels the Book of Job.
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