Thursday, January 26, 2012

2012 Silver Wings Speakers Luncheon Serie: Col. "Wolf" Samuel

We hope you had a pleasant Holiday Season and will join us for our first event of the 2012. Our first Speakers Luncheon of 2012 will take place on Thursday, January 26th at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia.

Our distinguished speaker has a unique and remarkable background, his effervescent personality and his jovial presence will contribute to his engaging and articulate address.
Announcing our first Speakers Luncheon of 2012
Thursday, January 26th
Col. Wolfgang "Wolf" W.E. Samuel
“Born in Germany during World War Two, ten year-old Wolfgang fled with his mother and sister from his home town of Sagan (now Zagan in Poland) in 1945 as the Red Army came. As refugees, young Wolfgang’s family experienced all the horrors one can imagine at the hands of their Soviet occupiers, but persevered, eventually succeeding in emigrating to the United States and a new life.

Samuel attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with a Bachelorof Science degree in Business in 1960, and subsequently the National War College.

In 1960 “Wolf” was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant  in the U.S. Air Force and flew strategic reconnaissance aircraft against the Soviet Union during the Cold War years and, later, combat missions against North Vietnam.
He served in the United States Air Force for 30 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1985. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal multiple times during his years of active duty.

After retirement from the Air Force, Wolf worked for a defense contractor in the Washington area, then retired once again to become an author.
Wolf has published seven books. The first, German Boy: A Refugee's Story, is a memoir detailing the war years and his post-war life as a refugee. It features a foreword by historian Stephen Ambrose
His second book, I Always Wanted to Fly: America's Cold War Airmen, is a compilation of oral histories of American aviators during the Cold War era.

The War of Our Childhood: Memories of World War II, is another oral history compilation, and tells of twenty-seven Germans who experienced the war as children.

American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets, is an account of the efforts made by
the United States military to acquire German military technology.

Glory Days: The Untold Story of the Men Who Flew the B-66 Destroyer into the Face of Fear recounts some of the adventures of the often unsung crews of the B-66RB-66 and EB-66 aircraft.

His most recent work is entitled “Watson's Whizzer's”: Operation Lusty and the Race for Nazi Aviation Technology.”

Happy Landings!

Ron David
SWOW President