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Friends and Family,
I would like to announce that my book "Locked Up With God" is now available as a printed copy on Amazon.com as well as an ePub on Kindle, Apple iBooks or Nook. This book has been endorsed by Colonel Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient, and others. It delineates valuable lessons learned throughout life regarding faith, family, leadership, teamwork, fighting and forgiving.

Click here for a two minute summary of Guy's new book, Locked Up With God
Click here for the link to the PRINTED book: 

Click here for the ePub; Amazon KINDLE, Apple iBooks, Nook:


Locked up with God: My Best Thirteen Speeches by Capt. Guy D Gruters




I have known Guy Gruters for many years. We both graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in the early 1960s, flew F-100s in Vietnam and served in the same unit as Misty FACs. By the time I got to the unit Guy had already been shot down twice and captured after his second ejection over North Vietnam, but his exploits were legend. After Vietnam we took different paths. I made a career of the Air Force. Guy rejoined his family and became a motivational speaker and writer, dedicated to passing on the lessons he learned as a fighter pilot and POW to the younger generation.


He is good at what he does. I highly recommend his book to anyone who wants to improve their life and become a better person, a better leader, a better family man and a better soldier, sailor, Marine or Airman.


General Ron Fogleman, USAF, Retired

15th Chief of Staff, USAF

Misty 86 

This book covers many topics and subjects. The talks that have been transcribed are great ones. The moral teachings revealed are outstanding. I have known Guy for many, many years. He is a hero in my book. He walked the walk.


I strongly recommend and endorse this book and know that any who read it will be greatly touched and affected in a positive way. I particulary strongly recommend it be read by young men in the military, especially in the Air Force.


Words never die and these words will last and be doing much good long after I and Guy are long gone. Guy has given and will be leaving behind a great gift to his countrymen and women and I am very proud that my name will be used to help others read and keep this book on their bookshelf for years to come.


In the spirit of our great country,



Colonel George E. “Bud” Day, U.S.A.F.

Medal of Honor

A fighter in World War II (US Marine, Pacific, more than two years), then Air Force Fighter Pilot in the Korean War and the War in Vietnam, Colonel George E. "Bud" Day was the most decorated Air Force officer in history, and the most decorated military officer in America to his death at 88 in July, 2013. His funeral, with more than eight hundred vehicles in procession for forty miles, was saluted and cheered by more than 200,000 people lining the highway from Ft. Walton Beach to NAS Pensacola, Florida.

The complete "Taps," originally "Il Silencio," (The Silence), in honor of Bud Day;

TAPS ...The Last Post:
A few years ago, a friend visited the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in the village of Margraten, about six miles from Maastricht. There lay buried 8,301 American soldiers killed in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall and winter of 1944-5. Sgt. Bill Dukeman, 101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Second Battalion, Company C (of "Band of Brothers fame) is buried there. He was killed in the battle of "The Crossroads" in northern Holland.
The Dutch hold an annual memorial concert every September at the above cemetery to remember and honor the Americans who died to free them in Operation Market Garden and subsequent efforts to eject the German army from Holland. Sgt. Dukeman, like many other fallen GIs, was "adopted" by a Dutch family. Dukeman's family in the States was contacted and hosted in Holland, and his grave site decorated each year by his Dutch "family." They keep his portrait in their home, displayed in a place of honor. Fathers pass this obligation down to their sons in Holland. This version of the original "taps" music is played by a 13 year old Dutch girl named Melissa Venema. The conductor of the orchestra is Andre Rieu from Holland.

Many of you may never have heard taps played in its entirety. The original version of Taps was called Last Post, and was written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801. It was rather lengthy and formal, as you will hear in this clip, so in 1862 it was shortened to 24 notes and re-named Taps. 
Melissa Venema is playing it on a trumpet whereby the original was played on a bugle. 
Watch this young lady's face while she's playing. This is no performance: it's an act of pure, unadulterated reverence. 
Watch at this site, and go full screen. 


October 4, 2013

Locked Up With God – Review by Joe Crecca


Guy Gruters is one of those rare individuals who combine feelings of intense patriotism and love of the United States of America with an even more fundamental and deeper love of God.  


As a “Misty”, Fast FAC”, F-100 fighter pilot on the most dangerous missions, Guy Gruters was shot down not once, but twice.  Through his unwavering belief in God and through prayer he was able to overcome his hatred towards the enemyendure excruciating torture and survive over five years of brutal captivity in the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison system in communist North Vietnam.  


In “Locked Up With God” Guy Gruters is able to coalesce the ostensibly unrelated themes of Faith, Family, Forgiveness and Suffering with War, Patriotism and Heroism interlaced with actual combat accounts into a cohesive and gripping narrative.  


When flying missions in small, slow-moving, spotter aircraft, his selflessness and courage saved the lives of those surrounded by an enemy in overwhelming numbers more than once.  On one occasion, he even landed his 0-1 “Bird Dog" at a Special Forces Camp under siege so that he could determine the precise locations of the enemy firing positions before once again taking off under intense enemy fire to direct fighter airstrikes, saving the encampment from being overrun by 500 North Vietnamese Regular soldiers.  On another mission, he was directly responsible for the rescue of six LRRPs (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol soldiers) surrounded by a strong enemy force in stormy, night weather.  


I can personally attest to Guy Gruters' honesty, integrity and faith; I was one of his cell mates as a Prisoner-of-War with him in the Hanoi Hilton.  Guy is one of the closest friends I will ever have.  


Subject: Endorsement - with honor, Captain

Air Force Captain Guy Gruters, and his wing mate Sandy Gruters, are taking
off with this latest contribution to spiritual-based resiliency training
for today's military personnel. In a time when post combat suicides
outnumber combat deaths, Guy's suicidal thoughts were transformed through
the Christian leadership of fellow POWS and the resulting realization that
our eternal God is greater than the evil of the day - or years. As a 5+ year
POW in a communist camp during the Vietnam War, Guy recounts in detail the
seemingly unbearable mental and physical torture and then leads the reader
to where God led him - renewal of mind, strength and good courage,
unshakable conviction in the reality of God, an abundant purpose
driven-life, and the liberating power of forgiveness. Guy simply credits
God, Sandy, Christian leadership, and the family who loved him home.
This is more than a book. It's a mission.
The liberated now serves as liberator.
Bravo- Zulu, Captain.
Judy L. McCloskey
Mission Capodanno


Into the Mouth of the Cat: Story of Lance Sijan, Hero of Vietnam,

Misty: First Person Stories of the F-100 Misty Fast Facs in the Vietnam War,

Bury Us Upside Down: The Misty Pilots and the Secret Battle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail,  

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Guy's outstanding combat record, his POW years and experiences since then contribute to him being at present an excellent motivational and inspirational Catholic, Christian, Corporate or Military speaker candidate for your organization's next event.
This is because as well as being a polished professional with numerous engagements as a small business, corporate, military, family, Catholic and Christian speaker to his credit, Guy will also bring a unique perspective to your next event. Please consider the About page and the Speaker page of this website to decide if you agree. Returning from six years in Vietnam, Guy spent many years as a small business CEO and high-level corporate executive officer, while raising a large family. The combination of extensive combat experience and being a POW returning with honor from extreme difficulties, along with powerful experiences in the small business, corporate and family real world, allows Guy to be a tailored speaker for your special requirements. If engaged, Guy shall be an ideal keynote and/or motivational speaker for your event.
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