By Nikos Ligidakis
2003 Award Winner For Published Non-Fiction
– Arizona Author’s Association
During World War II a bomber crew was shot down in enemy territory. The crew-members made a heroic run for freedom that spanned several hundred miles and 34 days. It was a run that bonded them in life and death.
This crew of brave Americans endured the steep mountains of Yugoslavia and the harrowing German occupied valleys while a vicious storm of guerrilla warfare, political maneuvering, and ethnic cleansing raged around them.
Some of the crew-members were able to survive this adventurous journey. Others did not. William Kollar was one of the lucky ones who lived to tell his story, a story that recounts human tragedy and captures the triumph of the human spirit.
William Kollar was born in Middleville, Michigan in 1920.
He joined the United States Air Force in 1942, in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack.
William retired from the Air Force in 1966 after serving in World War II, Korea, France, England, and Formosa. Mr. Kollar served his country with integrity and honor.
In this book you will meet an extraordinary hero, yet a humble man, who will insist that it was his duty to defend freedom.
About the Author
Nikos Ligidakis, born and raised in Greece, came to America in 1969, at the age of 24 years old.
While serving in the Greek military during the civil unrest in his country in April 1967, he made the courageous decision to oppose its ruling Junta at the risk of personal safety.
While in America, he began to write with clarity and passion in a voice for all people everywhere who find themselves called to join in the eternal struggle for life and freedom.
In his best selling book, The Heroes of my Thoughts, Ligidakis has written a warm and loving tribute to his life long heroes, his parents. The book became the genesis for the “”Children’s Pen Foundation”” a non-profit educational program founded by Nick in 2001 to inspire 6th and 7th graders to develop writing skills by composing short stories and poetry with the common theme “”What kind of hero does our world need today?””
Today Nick devotes his life to coaching first-time authors to write and publish their books. His publishing company, Inkwell Productions, has attracted numerous new and published authors through its doors and it’s becoming a rapidly growing influence in changing the traditional face of publishing.
Nick believes passionately in writing “”from the heart.”” His 7th book, Songs of Freedom, An Odyssey of Untamed Spirits, has been in development for seven years, its contents expected to be approximately one thousand pages. It is scheduled for release in the summer of 2003.
Nick’s on going Thanksgiving Project to feed the hungry is now in its 20th year. His selfless work has earned him several humanitarian awards.
Ligidakis lives in Scottsdale, Arizona and has three children and six grandchildren.