Jerry D. Wetterling


 

Preferred Name: JD

Nickname/Call Sign:

Date of Birth: November 2 1943

Highest Military Grade Held: Captain

Hometown: Stronghurst, IL

Biography

Twenty-five random (and mostly superfluous) things about me, (originally posted at facebook):
1. I went to a one-room country school house and was the only kid in my class all 8 years.
2. Our family did not have indoor plumbing until I was fourteen.
3. I have a bifid uvula. Don’t you wish you did?
4. When I played high school football (quarterback), Mom could holler louder than anyone else in the stands and I could hear her.
5. When I get to heaven, I expect to find Mom singing first soprano in the church eternal.
6. Mom died in ’99, but when we sing her favorite hymns in church, I can still hear her voice. I usually cry.
7. Dad couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket but he sang hymns with gusto anyway.
8. He had a unique way of walking—one stride was a little longer than the other. I inherited it, and then my daughter Lizz inherited it. Sorry, Lizz.
9. As a young fighter pilot in Vietnam, I learned by experience that adrenalin is a manifestation of God’s grace allowing the body to function while the brain is paralyzed with fear.
10. More than once I felt my F-100 respond in life-saving ways that had nothing to do with my inputs on stick and rudder.
11. As a 54-year-old civilian I got upside down in an F-16 and a B-1 bomber.
12. I grew up in a church built by my grandfather and friends. It still exists.
13. I have 45 minutes of freefall time…in 106 parachute jumps as a skydiver in college.
14. My uncle declared I wouldn’t live to see 25. Wrong by 49 years, so far.
15. The (Ent) Air Force Base Chapel in Colorado Springs, where Karen and I were married 48 years ago, did not survive the wrecking ball, but our marriage thrives…by grace alone.
16. At about 5 years of age, I drove a team of draft horses. Later I learned it was the funny sound coming out of Dad’s mouth that was controlling the horses. The Holy Spirit works in a similar way.
17. One of those draft horses was named Jerry (Jeff and Jerry). I never had the nerve to ask my parents if that horse was my namesake.
18. At about the age of ten I learned that it was absolutely critical, on a cold winter morning on the farm in Illinois, to breathe on your cupped hands before you begin to milk a Holstein cow.
19. During the cold war I sat nuclear alert with a hydrogen bomb and enough fuel to deliver the weapon and escape the fireball before the engine flamed out.
20. The older I get the more amazing grace is.
21. The Apostle Paul and I hung out in the same part of Turkey (see #19). He did infinitely more good for the Kingdom than I have.
22. I spent a lot of time half way up in 2 World Trade Center, my company’s home office, looking down on the magnificent Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, before it collapsed in a fiery inferno.
23. For too much of my life I aspired to be an eccentric millionaire. I’ve achieved the first half that goal and now I wonder why I thought the other half was so important.
24. Appearances notwithstanding, and contrary to what our kids thought growing up, I did NOT fly top cover at the crucifixion.
25. I’d been calling myself a Christian for 30 years when I was introduced to reformed theology. It was like turning on 1000 fluorescent lights in a dark cave.
JD has written five books and had over 250 op-ed columns and essays published in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the St. Petersburg Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Tampa Tribune, The Des Moines Register, Newsweek.com, World magazine,  and numerous other periodicals.
Since mid-1998, JD has addressed audiences in all walks of life in all parts of the country, including the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, business, civic and professional groups and conventions, church groups, military groups—active duty and retired—and radio and TV audiences. His motivational messages cover politics, current affairs, business, history, ethics, patriotic themes and “eternal truths.”
His roots go back to a farm in western Illinois and a one-room country schoolhouse where he was the only student in his class all eight years of grade school. On that foundation he built a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois, an MBA from the University of Utah, summa cum laude, and a career as a fighter pilot, businessman, speaker, and writer. JD is a veteran entrepreneur, CFO, CEO, financial consultant, director of profit and non-profit organizations and business columnist.

Units Assigned

1967 UPT (Class 68A), Vance AFB, OK
1967 F-100 Class 68FR, AFB, NM, Top Gun (F-100)
1968-1969 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa, Vietnam (F-100)he flew 268 combat missions in an F-100 in Vietnam 1969-1972 401st Tactical Fighter Wing, Torrejon, Spain/ 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, UK

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
 Air Medal (14)
 Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
UPT class 68A- Flying Training Award (1st in class)
F-100 RTU Class 68FR—Top Gun
Academics Award (1st in Class)
Outstanding New Fighter Pilot Award

Flight Info

F-100 – 900 hours

Military Education

Civilian Education

Bachelor’s Degree, Distinguished Graduate, University of Illinois AFROTC (Regular commission)
MBA, summa cum laude, University of Utah

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[image_with_text image=”22848″ title=”Son of Thunder”]Duty. Honor. My country, right or wrong, drives the young fighter pilots of Dusty Squadron, from flack in the face above the A Shau Valley to napalm in the jungle to midnight gunfights over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Top Gun F-100 pilot John Ellsworth, the impetuous Son of Thunder, is the most zealous of the lot, and he pays dearly. A story of redemption in a war that changed the American culture.
Paperback – January 25, 2015

  • ISBN-10: 1507724667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1507724668

[/image_with_text][image_with_text image=”22846″ title=”No One – Jesus explains saving grace”]No one but God can save you from your sins and guarantee eternal life with him. Here’s how, in his amazing grace, he does it, in six simple quotes by Jesus, all beginning with “No one…,” found in the Gospel of John. They comprise the most important message that can enter the mind of man—how God saves sinners. His words are simple enough for a youth to grasp, profound enough to stagger the mind of an intellectual. God willing, he can change your life forever, or the life of someone you love, in an evening of reading. “No one…” was first published in 2006 by Christian Focus Publications, Ltd., Scotland, UK, under the title, “No one…”: When Jesus says it he means it, now out of print. The text in this edition, but for the subtitle, remains the same. This brief witness to Christ focuses uniquely on just six statements Jesus uttered that can profoundly affect anyone regardless of race, religion or lack thereof. The subject of all six sentences consists of two simple monosyllable words that are beyond argument in their clarity. Some parts of God’s Word are not easy for the human mind to grasp, but the subject of these six sentences is not among them. The subject of these unshakable certainties is “No one.” No one argues about what the phrase, “No one” means. “No one” means not one … none … zero. It does not mean some. It does not mean a few. It means none, with no qualifiers, no exceptions, no divine loopholes. These six factual statements are absolute truth, not relative truth, not “true today because I feel that way but who can say about tomorrow.”
Paperback – January 18, 2017
ISBN-10: 1541332636
ISBN-13: 978-1541332638
[/image_with_text][image_with_text image=”22851″ title=”No Time To Waste”]No Time To Waste is a chilling combat memoir, a gripping gospel story-to hell and back and glory beyond by God’s grace alone. It’s a true tale of amazing grace at Pearl Harbor and Guadalcanal aboard the cruiser USS San Francisco; under the South Pacific aboard the submarine USS Queenfish on all five war patrols; over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in an F-100; and in the hearts of two veterans-cultural curmudgeons-long after their combat days were over. John E. “Jack” Bennett (USNA ’41) was a former Reagan staffer, career nuclear submarine commander, and twice-wounded WW II vet. At 78, he was a much-involved patriot with a brilliant mind but a lost soul. Author JD Wetterling, a Presbyterian elder a generation younger, was a fighter pilot with 268 combat missions in the Vietnam War. They became best friends. Then, in a heartbeat, it was war again, with eternal consequences that dwarfed their shooting wars, and there was “no time to waste.”
Paperback – July 23, 2009
ISBN-10: 1448615178
ISBN-13: 978-1448615179[/image_with_text][image_with_text image=”22845″ title=”In the Place of Justice”]Unlike John Bunyan’s 17th century pilgrim, who fled the City of Destruction for the Celestial City, JD Wetterling’s 20th century pilgrim is reverse wired. He’s an unwilling pilgrim who is dragged toward the Celestial City while doggedly fighting to return to the City of Destruction. IN THE PLACE OF JUSTICE is an adult Christian worldview novel about a wealthy financier who lives large on a sailboat but has an empty soul. He struggles under a heavy burden, from Chicago’s futures trading pits—capitalism’s octagonal altars to the goddess of greed—to the Vanity Fair of Washington DC and slothful Sarasota to the poverty-stricken, saint-inhabited mission fields of Haiti. Jack’s pilgrimage through a fallen world meets tribulation with every step, then he’s forced to run for his life from an evil man sworn to kill him. IN THE PLACE OF JUSTICE is an action/adventure, love-at-all-levels story for the ages.
Paperback – February 12, 2015
ISBN-10: 150848032X
ISBN-13: 978-1508480327
[/image_with_text][image_with_text image=”22844″ title=”Grace in the Growing Season – A Memoir”]From an Illinois farm through the Orient aflame and the Old World in a Cold War, at the point of a supersonic spear; from the urban madness of Europe and America in corporate jets and limousines; from the delectable Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to a mesa at the base of majestic Pikes Peak; and a seven-year fulltime RV Tour of God’s magnificent North American creation, it’s been uncommonly wonderful. This is my witness of God’s Amazing Grace in my life. The original versions of most of these stories first appeared as op-ed columns in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Tampa Tribune, the St. Petersburg Times, Newsweek.com, World magazine, and PCANews.com. Some came from my blogs and the last two were delivered from pulpits across America.
Paperback – January 21, 2015 (2nd Edition)

ISBN-13: 978-1507661185
ISBN-10: 1507661185

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Biography

Biography

Twenty-five random (and mostly superfluous) things about me, (originally posted at facebook):
1. I went to a one-room country school house and was the only kid in my class all 8 years.
2. Our family did not have indoor plumbing until I was fourteen.
3. I have a bifid uvula. Don’t you wish you did?
4. When I played high school football (quarterback), Mom could holler louder than anyone else in the stands and I could hear her.
5. When I get to heaven, I expect to find Mom singing first soprano in the church eternal.
6. Mom died in ’99, but when we sing her favorite hymns in church, I can still hear her voice. I usually cry.
7. Dad couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket but he sang hymns with gusto anyway.
8. He had a unique way of walking—one stride was a little longer than the other. I inherited it, and then my daughter Lizz inherited it. Sorry, Lizz.
9. As a young fighter pilot in Vietnam, I learned by experience that adrenalin is a manifestation of God’s grace allowing the body to function while the brain is paralyzed with fear.
10. More than once I felt my F-100 respond in life-saving ways that had nothing to do with my inputs on stick and rudder.
11. As a 54-year-old civilian I got upside down in an F-16 and a B-1 bomber.
12. I grew up in a church built by my grandfather and friends. It still exists.
13. I have 45 minutes of freefall time…in 106 parachute jumps as a skydiver in college.
14. My uncle declared I wouldn’t live to see 25. Wrong by 49 years, so far.
15. The (Ent) Air Force Base Chapel in Colorado Springs, where Karen and I were married 48 years ago, did not survive the wrecking ball, but our marriage thrives…by grace alone.
16. At about 5 years of age, I drove a team of draft horses. Later I learned it was the funny sound coming out of Dad’s mouth that was controlling the horses. The Holy Spirit works in a similar way.
17. One of those draft horses was named Jerry (Jeff and Jerry). I never had the nerve to ask my parents if that horse was my namesake.
18. At about the age of ten I learned that it was absolutely critical, on a cold winter morning on the farm in Illinois, to breathe on your cupped hands before you begin to milk a Holstein cow.
19. During the cold war I sat nuclear alert with a hydrogen bomb and enough fuel to deliver the weapon and escape the fireball before the engine flamed out.
20. The older I get the more amazing grace is.
21. The Apostle Paul and I hung out in the same part of Turkey (see #19). He did infinitely more good for the Kingdom than I have.
22. I spent a lot of time half way up in 2 World Trade Center, my company’s home office, looking down on the magnificent Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, before it collapsed in a fiery inferno.
23. For too much of my life I aspired to be an eccentric millionaire. I’ve achieved the first half that goal and now I wonder why I thought the other half was so important.
24. Appearances notwithstanding, and contrary to what our kids thought growing up, I did NOT fly top cover at the crucifixion.
25. I’d been calling myself a Christian for 30 years when I was introduced to reformed theology. It was like turning on 1000 fluorescent lights in a dark cave.
JD has written five books and had over 250 op-ed columns and essays published in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the St. Petersburg Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Tampa Tribune, The Des Moines Register, Newsweek.com, World magazine,  and numerous other periodicals.
Since mid-1998, JD has addressed audiences in all walks of life in all parts of the country, including the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, business, civic and professional groups and conventions, church groups, military groups—active duty and retired—and radio and TV audiences. His motivational messages cover politics, current affairs, business, history, ethics, patriotic themes and “eternal truths.”
His roots go back to a farm in western Illinois and a one-room country schoolhouse where he was the only student in his class all eight years of grade school. On that foundation he built a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois, an MBA from the University of Utah, summa cum laude, and a career as a fighter pilot, businessman, speaker, and writer. JD is a veteran entrepreneur, CFO, CEO, financial consultant, director of profit and non-profit organizations and business columnist.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

1967 UPT (Class 68A), Vance AFB, OK
1967 F-100 Class 68FR, AFB, NM, Top Gun (F-100)
1968-1969 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa, Vietnam (F-100)he flew 268 combat missions in an F-100 in Vietnam 1969-1972 401st Tactical Fighter Wing, Torrejon, Spain/ 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, UK

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
 Air Medal (14)
 Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
UPT class 68A- Flying Training Award (1st in class)
F-100 RTU Class 68FR—Top Gun
Academics Award (1st in Class)
Outstanding New Fighter Pilot Award

Flight Info

F-100 – 900 hours

Military Education

Civilian Education

Bachelor’s Degree, Distinguished Graduate, University of Illinois AFROTC (Regular commission)
MBA, summa cum laude, University of Utah

Photos
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Books by JD Wetterling
[image_with_text image=”22848″ title=”Son of Thunder”]Duty. Honor. My country, right or wrong, drives the young fighter pilots of Dusty Squadron, from flack in the face above the A Shau Valley to napalm in the jungle to midnight gunfights over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Top Gun F-100 pilot John Ellsworth, the impetuous Son of Thunder, is the most zealous of the lot, and he pays dearly. A story of redemption in a war that changed the American culture.
Paperback – January 25, 2015

  • ISBN-10: 1507724667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1507724668

[/image_with_text][image_with_text image=”22846″ title=”No One – Jesus explains saving grace”]No one but God can save you from your sins and guarantee eternal life with him. Here’s how, in his amazing grace, he does it, in six simple quotes by Jesus, all beginning with “No one…,” found in the Gospel of John. They comprise the most important message that can enter the mind of man—how God saves sinners. His words are simple enough for a youth to grasp, profound enough to stagger the mind of an intellectual. God willing, he can change your life forever, or the life of someone you love, in an evening of reading. “No one…” was first published in 2006 by Christian Focus Publications, Ltd., Scotland, UK, under the title, “No one…”: When Jesus says it he means it, now out of print. The text in this edition, but for the subtitle, remains the same. This brief witness to Christ focuses uniquely on just six statements Jesus uttered that can profoundly affect anyone regardless of race, religion or lack thereof. The subject of all six sentences consists of two simple monosyllable words that are beyond argument in their clarity. Some parts of God’s Word are not easy for the human mind to grasp, but the subject of these six sentences is not among them. The subject of these unshakable certainties is “No one.” No one argues about what the phrase, “No one” means. “No one” means not one … none … zero. It does not mean some. It does not mean a few. It means none, with no qualifiers, no exceptions, no divine loopholes. These six factual statements are absolute truth, not relative truth, not “true today because I feel that way but who can say about tomorrow.”
Paperback – January 18, 2017
ISBN-10: 1541332636
ISBN-13: 978-1541332638
[/image_with_text][image_with_text image=”22851″ title=”No Time To Waste”]No Time To Waste is a chilling combat memoir, a gripping gospel story-to hell and back and glory beyond by God’s grace alone. It’s a true tale of amazing grace at Pearl Harbor and Guadalcanal aboard the cruiser USS San Francisco; under the South Pacific aboard the submarine USS Queenfish on all five war patrols; over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in an F-100; and in the hearts of two veterans-cultural curmudgeons-long after their combat days were over. John E. “Jack” Bennett (USNA ’41) was a former Reagan staffer, career nuclear submarine commander, and twice-wounded WW II vet. At 78, he was a much-involved patriot with a brilliant mind but a lost soul. Author JD Wetterling, a Presbyterian elder a generation younger, was a fighter pilot with 268 combat missions in the Vietnam War. They became best friends. Then, in a heartbeat, it was war again, with eternal consequences that dwarfed their shooting wars, and there was “no time to waste.”
Paperback – July 23, 2009
ISBN-10: 1448615178
ISBN-13: 978-1448615179[/image_with_text][image_with_text image=”22845″ title=”In the Place of Justice”]Unlike John Bunyan’s 17th century pilgrim, who fled the City of Destruction for the Celestial City, JD Wetterling’s 20th century pilgrim is reverse wired. He’s an unwilling pilgrim who is dragged toward the Celestial City while doggedly fighting to return to the City of Destruction. IN THE PLACE OF JUSTICE is an adult Christian worldview novel about a wealthy financier who lives large on a sailboat but has an empty soul. He struggles under a heavy burden, from Chicago’s futures trading pits—capitalism’s octagonal altars to the goddess of greed—to the Vanity Fair of Washington DC and slothful Sarasota to the poverty-stricken, saint-inhabited mission fields of Haiti. Jack’s pilgrimage through a fallen world meets tribulation with every step, then he’s forced to run for his life from an evil man sworn to kill him. IN THE PLACE OF JUSTICE is an action/adventure, love-at-all-levels story for the ages.
Paperback – February 12, 2015
ISBN-10: 150848032X
ISBN-13: 978-1508480327
[/image_with_text][image_with_text image=”22844″ title=”Grace in the Growing Season – A Memoir”]From an Illinois farm through the Orient aflame and the Old World in a Cold War, at the point of a supersonic spear; from the urban madness of Europe and America in corporate jets and limousines; from the delectable Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to a mesa at the base of majestic Pikes Peak; and a seven-year fulltime RV Tour of God’s magnificent North American creation, it’s been uncommonly wonderful. This is my witness of God’s Amazing Grace in my life. The original versions of most of these stories first appeared as op-ed columns in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Tampa Tribune, the St. Petersburg Times, Newsweek.com, World magazine, and PCANews.com. Some came from my blogs and the last two were delivered from pulpits across America.
Paperback – January 21, 2015 (2nd Edition)

ISBN-13: 978-1507661185
ISBN-10: 1507661185

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