On Parr by Ken Murray

He was just a kid when he first broke the surly bonds of earth. Bitten by the freedom of flight bug on his fifth birthday, Ralph Parr had what seemed like a never-ending horizon in front of him. Thankfully, his parents instilled in him a strong moral compass and the willingness to work, thus framing a young man with an extraordinary goal-oriented personality, traits that would pay off like the lottery years later. Even save his life!

Ralph learned many attributes during his adolescent years, but his learning curve was pulled into the vertical when he joined the United States Air Force after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Nobody knew then that he would distinguish himself during a 34-year career by flying combat missions during:

  • WWII
  • Korean War (where he was a Double Ace)
  • Vietnam War

When undaunted adversity and life-threatening events collide, “On Parr” divulges how this true American Patriot digs deep, rises to the top, and perseveres. You’ll absorb the effects of his red stripe and many life lessons including his “short string” concept.

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“Great book”

Five Star Review on Amazon by Amazon Customer

Purchased a hard cover copy of “On Parr” by Ken Murray. Very impressed with the cover art and the quality of the book (very sturdy). Well written and very easy to understand the “Air Force” terminology. The author does a phenomenal job relaying Col.Ralph Parr’s first hand account of fighter pilot combat. I appreciate all of the personal stories and photos, included in this book. Great read! Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. Great gift idea for all our Vets.

About the Author

Ken Murray was born and raised in Hudson, Iowa. He was an understudy in the publishing business as his parents owned and operated Hudson Printing Company for more than 49 years until his father’s passing in 2011. He worked his way through high school and college in the family business and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations/journalism minor from the University of Northern Iowa in 1985.

He joined the Air Force in 1986 and earned his MBA in 1990 from the University of South Dakota. He was an
instructor/evaluator navigator on KC-135 air refueling tankers and also spent many years as an instructor navigator at the Nav School at Randolph AFB, TX. Murray is a combat veteran who flew missions in support of Operations Just Cause, Desert Storm, Allied Force and was chief of combat operations at the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid AB, Qatar, supporting Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

He also served as editor of Torch Magazine, Air Education, and Training Command’s Safety Magazine, where his team won the International Blue Pencil Award for government communicators. A highly decorated Air Force officer, Murray retired from the Air Force on 1 May 2011, as a Lt. Colonel after a 25-year career.

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