Glenn Curtiss Museum to Host Veterans Day Presentation About the Only Triple Air Force Cross Winner
Charles Byler to discuss book he co-authored about Col. Jim Kasler
HAMMONDSPORT, N.Y. – The incredible story of the only triple Air Force Cross winner will be the subject of a special Veterans Day presentation at the Glenn Curtiss Museum.
Charles Byler will talk about the book he co-authored, “Tempered Steel: The Three Wars of Triple Air Force Cross Winner Jim Kasler,” which tells the story of Col. Jim Kasler. A veteran of air combat during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, Kasler is the only three-time recipient of the Air Force Cross, the Air Force's second highest award for wartime valor.
Jim Kasler served as an 18-year-old tail gunner in a B-29, flying bombing missions over Japan, became a legendary jet ace in Korea, and planned and led the most effective bombing mission of the Vietnam War. Kasler was shot down and went on to endure more than six years of torture in a POW camp.
The free presentation will take place on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Glenn Curtiss Museum, 8419 State Route 54 in Hammondsport, N.Y. Space is limited, so advance registration is required on the museum’s Facebook page, under Events. Simmons-Rockwell Chevrolet is co-sponsoring the presentation, along with the museum.
Museum admission for active or retired military veterans will be free during Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 11 and 12, 2017.
About the Museum
Open year-round, the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is located in the town of Hammondsport, N.Y., in the heart of New York state’s Finger Lakes region. The museum is home to a priceless collection of items related to early aviation, motorcycles and local history. It also celebrates the life and accomplishments of Glenn Curtiss, the father of naval aviation and a pioneer in motorcycle manufacturing. For more information, visit the museum’s website at curtissmuseum.org or call 607.569.2160.