Stan Corvin, Jr. - Biography
Born in a small town in West Texas in 1945, Stan grew up in a military family. His father was a career fighter pilot first flying for the British in 1939 in the “Eagle Squadron” then for the American 8th Air Force during the remainder of WWII. He flew jets in the Korean War and until 1969 when he retired as a USAF Colonel. For many years, Stan’s mother was an elementary school teacher at various Air Force bases on which they lived.
After attending Texas Tech University for his undergraduate studies, Stan was drafted into the U.S. Army during his first semester of law school at the University of Texas. While in basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, he applied for, and was accepted, into the Army’s primary helicopter flight training at Fort Wolters, in Mineral Wells, Texas and later graduated at Hunter Army Airfield located in Savannah, Georgia.
Serving in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1974, he flew eleven types of helicopters and several types of airplanes, including the Beechcraft King Air. Attaining the rank of captain, he accumulated over 7,400 hour’s total flying time; including 3,200 hours flying combat missions in Vietnam. In 1974, Stan resigned his commission in the U.S. Army to pursue a career in banking.
After forty years, Stan retired in 2014 from the banking and financial services industry, where he was the owner of several banks, investment banking firms and residential home mortgage companies. At the urging of his seven children and many grandchildren, he spent six months writing Vietnam Saga: Exploits of a Combat Pilot. Intending only to have seven copies bound for his children, he was convinced by a close friend in the publishing business to publish the manuscript through Amazon Books, Kindle, and Ingram-Sparks.
The first edition was published in July 2015. The second edition, published by Southwestern Legacy Press, LLC, was released July 2017 and included additional content and photos. The book now is available as an audiobook through Audible.com and iTunes.
In October 20017, Stan published his second book Jet Pioneer: A Fighter Pilot’s Memoir, which he co-authored for a close friend Major General Carl G. Schneider, USAF (Ret.). It is about the career of a remarkable man who rose through the ranks from USAAF private to a two-star USAF general. Flying jet fighter aircraft in 1950, Gen. Schneider served in the Korean War and in 1965 in the Vietnam War as a combat pilot. The book is available through Amazon books, Kindle and Ingram-Sparks. It soon will be available as an audiobook through Audible.com and iTunes.
Living in Fort Worth, Texas, Stan and his wife and have a large family consisting of seven grown children and fifteen grandchildren. His days are filled with writing two other of his own books, co-authoring three books with military veterans and leading multiple veterans’ small groups through Gateway church where he has been a member for many years.