About Christopher Valentine

Christopher Rocco Valentine was born in the Bronx, New York, on August 8, 1945, where he lived until he was about five years old. He then moved to several towns in New Jersey before finally graduating from Saddle Brook High School, Saddle Brook, New Jersey, in 1964. After graduation, he worked as a brick mason and began taking flying lessons at a local airport until he joined the Army in November 1965. He was first assigned to Fort Dix, New Jersey, for his basic training. After a short leave, he reported to Basic Flight Training School as a Warrant Officer Candidate at Fort Wolters, Texas. He and Penny were married at Fort Rucker, Alabama, on September 10, 1966. He served as a Huey Helicopter Pilot in an Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam for his first tour of duty from March 1967 through January 1968. He became a seasoned veteran combat pilot accumulating over 1,200 combat flying hours in less than ten months. After his tour of duty in Vietnam was completed, he was offered and accepted a direct commission to First Lieutenant in the United States Army Transportation Corps. He completed 20 years of military service and retired as a Major and Master Aviator in the Army Aviation Corps in 1985. Chris was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2005 and writing Soldier Boy was his way of healing some of the emotional scars caused by the events detailed in his book. He retired from Civil Service in July 2010, and lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with his wife. Their two sons, Christopher and Brett, and a daughter-in-law, Holly, also live in the area.