This week, we had the pleasure of sitting down with, Col. Thomas “Jerry” Curtis, author of Under the Cover of Light. This gripping biography shares the story of his time in North Vietnam where his helicopter was shot down. Upon is immediate capture, he spent 7½ years confined in a filthy 5′ x 7′ cell at the notorious Hanoi prison camp.
He spent 7 ½ years in captivity; How he survived is a miracle.
You’ve endured a great deal in your lifetime. What is one of the greatest life lessons you’ve learned?
As far as life lessons, this is something I’ve learned over and over during the years—you simply can’t fix things for other people—no matter how much you love them. You can talk to them, guide them, set an example for them—all those things —but ultimately you must turn the people themselves over to the Lord. It’s not easy but most of the time, it’s the only way.
Who inspires you?
My prayer daily is that I interact with people in the way Jesus did while He was on earth. He inspires me to try to allow others to see Him in all I do.
How would you describe your book in one sentence?
My prayer from day one has been that God could use this book in some way. That someone would read about the Vietnam POW story and it would help them with their own trials.
What was your greatest challenge while writing your biography?
I wanted to try to be as totally accurate as possible in my recounting what happened to me in prison all those years. I think when you have circumstances such as what we endured, that is a very necessary thing to try to do—at least as best as my memory would allow. So I worked hard to try to remember fairly and correctly the stories and details.
About the Co-Author . . . COL Thomas “Jerry” Curtis (USAF, RET) is an Air Force Cross recipient, a Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor recipient, and a sought-after speaker by schools, church groups, VFW chapters, Rotary Clubs, and other veteran groups, and patriotic organizations. Jerry currently resides in Texas. His biography, Under the Cover of Light, (Tyndale), is available now wherever books are sold.