Paul Sailer is the author of The Oranges are Sweet: Major Don M. Beerbower and the 353rd Fighter Squadron – November 1942 to August 1944. He is the recipient of the Aviation Writer of the Year award from the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame for this compelling biography of Minnesota’s outstanding triple ace Don Beerbower from Hill City.
Sailer says this about his recent book, I Had a Comrade – Stories about the Bravery, Comradeship, and Commitment of Individual Participants in the Second World War: “History is not dull when it contains engaging, in-depth, true stories about the fascinating young people of the war years. Certainly, there is something we can learn from them.” The book’s foreword is by Richard E. Cole, the last surviving member of the famous 1942 Doolittle Raid against Japan.
The author received a B.S. degree in Social Studies (emphasis American History) from Moorhead State College in 1969, and a pilot’s rating from the U.S. Army’s Advanced Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama, in 1970. He spent a year flying helicopters in Vietnam. He and his wife, Lois, live on a tree farm in Wadena County.
Sailer has participated in the Northwoods Art and Book Festival for several years. He especially enjoys meeting people from nearby and as far away as Alaska.