Lt. Colonel Jay R. Jensens "six Years In Hell"

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Lt. Colonel Jay R. Jensen's "Six Years In Hell"

The book I have chosen to read for this review is one entitled

"SIX YEARS IN HELL." It is a book written by one Lt. Colonel Jay R. Jensen in a

first person manor. He was a military pilot who flew over Vietnam and was

captured and taken as a POW. This book covers his time in the military before

hand describing the daily procedures etc. of his military life.

The author graduated from Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah in

1949. He then joined The Utah Air National Guard during the Korean war. Mr.

Jensen was on active duty for 20 months, after which he attended Brigham Young

University. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting and majors in Banking

and Finance. After college he obtained the rank of cadet Colonel in the Air

Force ROTC. Lt. Colonel Jensen was well decorated after his retirement in 1978

that concluded 28 years of service. His decorations included: Two Silver Stars,

Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with V for Valor, Air Medal, two Purple Hearts,

Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two Oak Leaf

Clusters, POW Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Oak

Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with 14 Bronze Campaign Medals, Air Force

Longevity Award (for over 24 years), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hour Glass

Device (for 20 years), Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Vietnam Cross for

Gallantry with Device, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. All these

decorations and the time spent in the military I believe more than present his

qualifications for writing this book.

This book that he was so qualified to write I must bend to say

was rather well written. The author took time to explain everything

individually and even those things that seem quite trivial were given careful

explanation. If there was something that the author felt was not apparent or

was not to be taken at face value he footnoted it at the bottom of the page.

These footnotes were especially helpful for those of us readers who may not be

that "militarily inclined." I particularly enjoyed the story of Roscoe the

base's mascot which was probably one of the longest examples of footnoting

throughout the book.

The book is written from the perspective of the author at the

time he experienced it. The descriptions are so well written that one can

almost see or relate to what is being described, but as time progresses you can

tell the author's moods change as the mode of descriptions differs.

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