Mission to Honor Forgotten Vietnam Gold Star Families

Gold Star families who lost relatives in the Vietnam War, have often felt like the forgotten casualties of war; the stigma and controversy surrounding the war have prevented many of these families from even talking about it. Jim Crigler is on a mission to honor these families.


Mission of Honor: a moral compass for a moral dilemma by Jim Crigler is a raw, bold, introspective autobiography of life during and after the Vietnam War. As a UH-1 Helicopter pilot flying in the jungle highlands of South Vietnam, Warrant Officer Jim Crigler and the men he flew with were tested daily.


When Crigler returned from Vietnam after his 12-month tour of duty, he did his best to put the war behind him and make a life for himself and his family, and now he is on a “mission of honor” to do the same for other families.


Coinciding with the release of Mission of Honor, on April 22, 2017, Crigler will embark on a solo canoe trip down the full length of the Mississippi River, stopping at 29 cities and towns along the way, to meet with Gold Star families and veterans, presenting them with a symbolic gold coin.

He will also raise money for American Huey 369, a charitable organization that gives helicopter flights to veterans and their families.

Learn more at Mission of Honor and connect with Jim Crigler on Facebook and LinkedIn