JD Wetterling's Biography
JD Wetterling 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, The American Legion Magazine, Mig Sweep and numerous other periodicals.
In 1968-69, he flew 268 combat missions in an F-100 in Vietnam and was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses,14 Air
Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was Top Gun in every fighter squadron in which he served in the USAF.
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."
Radio credits include KNX/CBS, Los Angeles, Jim Mancow Show on KQWX, Chicago, KZZE, Medford, OR, WTAN, Clearwater, FL, Talkspot (Internet), WHBC, Canton, OH, KVAN, Vancouver, WA, and WTBF, Troy, AL, Decision Today--Billy Graham's nationally syndicated radio ministry, and Heads Up America on WZNN, Asheville, NC.
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
Other memberships: Authors Guild, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association ("River Rats"), and the Super Sabre Society.
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