|WHO LEADS VALOR TOURS GROUPS
- Prof. Anderson Giles has deep family ties to WWII in the Pacific. His father, a 4th Division Marine, and his
uncle, a 67th Seabee, served in major campaigns. Andy has done close to 30 years of documentary and
research work in the Pacific. He has lead many battlefield tours, lectured on Pacific Theater cruises, presented at a number of notable commemorative seminars, written and directed 2 major documentary films, and has appeared in a number of other films. He has contributed to a number of books and archeological research publications and has been chosen to do WWII painting commissions.
- Bill Altaffer, is a travel writer, photographer and participant on many Valor Tours trips. Bill is a member of The Adventurers Club of L.A. and the "World's Most Traveled Man" for 2005-10.
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- Henry Bodden is the author of "In the Footsteps of Valor" honoring "the greatest generation", - a photographic diary of his travels to the battlesites of Europe and the Pacific on his own and with Valor Tours, with historic facts and an array of before and after images.
Valor Tours Ltd. is happy to announce that Henry Bodden will be the tour leader for the D-Day and Battle of the Bulge tours this June.
Henry Bodden just released this book about his journeys. In the Footsteps of Valor by Henry Bodden is a brand new 220-page hardback with a personal pictorial diary consisting of trips to Holland, Israel, Jordan, Europe, the Philippines, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Guam and Iwo Jima. Using WWII photos from the National Archives and other sources as "then" photos, author Henry Bodden would then find these sites and photograph them as "now" photos for comparison. This book is available by calling Henry Bodden at 918-376-9417 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to his website:
Cost of the book is $34.95 including shipping and handling.
- Dennis Covert, U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran, served two years aboard the heavy cruiser USS SAINT PAUL, Dennis has appeared on both the History Channel and A&E channel as a naval historian. He has traveled extensively throughout the Pacific to Guadalcanal, Gizo, Tarawa, Butaritari, Iwo Jima, Pohnpei and Guam, as well as European and Russian battlefields as a civilian, and to Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines while in the Navy.
- George Cressman is a docent at the Camp Blanding Museum in Starke, Florida where he also works on artifact documentation. He has designed and escorted many tours to the European Theater of WWII and gives regular presentations on WWII history here in the U.S.
- Col. John H. Dewing, Aus Ret., served one tour of duty with the 864th Engineer Battalion at Nha Trang (Vietnam) and one tour with the Americal Division at Chu Lai. He participated in Lam Son 719, the US supported RVN invasion of Laos and spent several months along the DMZ. Awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal and Combat Inf. Badge. John has participated in and escorted our "Return to Vietnam" tour two years in a row.
- Frank de Planta is a retired infantry Lieutenant Colonel from the British Army, specialises in the southern Italian battlefields of Salerno, Cassino and Anzio.
- Steve Hamilton (pictured here in Libya) lives in England and has been exploring the battlefields of North Africa by himself and escorting groups for decades, having completed over 100 tours to the desert. He is an expert on the WWII campaign on Sicily as well as North Africa. His Grandfather served with the 50th Royal Tank Regiment for which he is the unofficial historian (23rd Armoured Brigade), writing their history in 1996.
- Michael Hanlon, commentator on the History Channel and website editor for the Great War Society.
- John Innes, a major force in the preservation and study of Guadalcanal history, working to identify wreck sites, on MIA cases and creator of Battle of Guadalcanal website, as well as being one of the most knowledgeable people in the world on the subject of Guadalcanal WWII history and land battles today. He is also author of the guide books to the Battlefields of Guadalcanal and the Solomons.
- Martin King, has escorted some our European tour groups and individuals, has worked for NATO, the US military, The History Channel and various veterans' organizations.
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Watch Martin on Voices of the Bulge.
- Bob Kozlowski, is a Financial Advisor in the Phoenix Arizona area with over 38 years experience. Originally from Chicago, he attended Arizona State University and has an BS and MBA. Bob is a Lifetime Member of the ASU Alumni Association. An avid history buff, he has been a war-strategy gamer since he was 11 years old. Bob has spent the last 16 years traveling throughout Europe. His living motto is "always in search of the truth."
- Steve Kwiecinski, whose father survived Bataan, Corregidor, and being a POW of the Japanese for 39 months, lived on Corregidor with his wife Marcia for six and a half years. His book HONOR, COURAGE, FAITH: A Corregidor Story, is available in paperback in the Philippines and as a Kindle eBook on Amazon. Steve and Marcia have hosted many group and private tours for Valor Tours.
- Jack Letscher , is a former U.S. Marine who has lived on Okinawa since 1986. He began his independent study of the Battle of Okinawa in 1999 and has been associated with Valor Tours as a guide since 2007. Jack enjoys the challenge of locating forgotten Okinawa battle sites, many altered unnoticeable during rapid modernization of the island.
- Bruce M. Petty, lived on Saipan and is author of four books on the Pacific campaign.
- John Shively is a retired physician who has studied the Pacific War for seventeen years. He is a world traveller, amateur historian, and author. He joined the Valor Tours family as a tourist in 2003 when he went on his first Ghost Soldier tour. Since then he has travelled with Valor Tours to nearly every island battlefield in the Pacific. In 2010 he began escorting tours to the Pacific. He regularly works alone side John Innes to Guadalcanal, but also has taken groups to Okinawa and Tarawa. He is the author of The Last Lieutenant (Iwo Jima) and Profiles in Survival (Philippines). His father-in-law, Malcolm Amos, was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He met his wife, Blythe, in Manila on tour in 2006. When he is not studying the war or travelling, he Participants in triathlons all over the country.
- Glen Williford of the Coastal Defense Study Group, author of "Racing the Sunrise: Reinforcing America's Pacific Outposts, 1941-1942" and "Defenses of Pearl Harbor and Oahu 1907-50". Glen has led tours to the Philippines, Guam and the Marianas, Guadalcanal, Hawaii, and Peleliu.