Risner, Robinson
1925 - Present

April 2013

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

Acepilots.com.  Major Robinson (Robbie) Risner. 
Available online at: http://acepilots.com/korea_risner.html
Includes biographical information and photos.

Interview with Robinson Risner, 1981.  Open Vault WGBH Media Library and Archives. 
Available online at: http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/vietnam-0b40bf-interview-with-robinson-risner-1981

Military Times: Hall of Valor.  James Robinson Risner. 
Available online at: http://militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=3441
Includes career information and information on his Medal citations.

Oral History Interview of Robinson Risner.  46 p.
Available online at: http://web2.millercenter.org/lbj/oralhistory/risner_robinson_1981_1104.pdf

P.O.W. Network.  Risner, James Robinson (Robbie). 
Available online at: http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/r/r039.htm
Contains details of his missions in Vietnam.

U.S. Air Force Biography.  Brigadier General Robinson Risner. 
Available online at: http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=6916
Air Force Official biography.


Risner, Robinson.  The Passing of the Night: My Seven Years as a Prisoner of the North Vietnamese.  New York, Random House, 1974.  264 p.
Book call no.: 959.7 R595p

Rochester, Stuart I. and Kiley, Frederick.  Honor Bound: American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973.  Annapolis, MD, Naval Institute Press, 1999.  706 p.
Book call no.: 959.70437 R676h 1999

Document (Student Research)

Terrinoni, David M.  Brigadier General Robinson "Robbie" Risner and Spiritual Fitness Research Paper.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, 2005.  36 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43122 T327b


Academy Honors Risner.  Air Force Magazine  85:22  January 2002.
Scroll down to the last article.
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Allsup, Dan.  Pushing a Friend to Freedom.  American Legion  149:24  September 2000.
Profiles Robinson Risner's career as a fighter pilot and his experiences during World War II and the Korean War including details on his rescue attempt he made in September 1952 for a fellow jet pilot.

Allsup, Dan.  Robinson Risner: Korean War Ace.  Airman  31:34+  September 1987.

August, Melissa and Gorman, Christine.  Quality, not Quantity.  Time  145:18  April 24, 1995.
Cover story about Lieutenant Colonel James Robinson Risner.
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Boyne, Walter J.  Breaking the Dragon's Jaw.  Air Force Magazine  94:58-60  August 2011.
Discusses the attack on Thanh Hoa Bridge in Vietnam during the Vietnam War by Lieutenant Colonel Robinson Risner.
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Correll, John T.  Nine Feet Tall: Seven Years in Hanoi's Prisons Did Not Dim Robbie Risner's Fighting Spirit.  Air Force Magazine  95:74-78  February 2012.
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Meilinger, Phillip S.  U.S. Air Force Leaders: A Biographical Tour.  Journal of Military History  62:833-870  October 1998.

Modern in Action Heroes: 24 Stories of Uncommon Valor (World War II to Somalia).  Air Force Times  62:Supplement, pp 42-43  September 17, 2001.

Taylor, John B.  Day After the Night.  Airman  20:30-34  September 1976.
Interview with Gen Robinson Risner reflecting on his POW experience.

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