Lieutenant Colonel Karl
R. Bossi, USAF (ret.), is the author of the autobiography Just Call Me Moose! Growing Up Italian in America.
According to the Old War Dogs website, “As a nuclear weapons/conventional weapons maintenance officer
and later an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer, Bossi worked in various squadron-level and staff assignments. He managed
nuclear and conventional weapons operations, performed operational testing of new weapons, led a munitions squadron in Spain,
advised the Turkish Air Force, and directed nuclear weapons stockpile activities. In 1968 after graduating from the Navy EOD
School in Indian Head, MD, Bossi volunteered for Vietnam and was assigned to the 14th Special Operations Wing at Nha Trang
Air Base. As the officer in charge of the EOD Team he gained first-hand knowledge of Viet Cong bombs, bullets, and booby traps.
In 1982 Bossi retired at Kirtland
AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico as the Chief, Maintenance and Quality Assurance Division, Field Command Defense Nuclear Agency.”
According to the book description
of Just Call Me Moose! Growing Up Italian in America, “From the prattle on the cobblestone
streets of Dorchester, a working class neighborhood of Boston, to the harrowing jungles of Vietnam, an era comes alive in
the newly published memoir “Just Call Me Moose! Growing Up Italian in America”. Seventeen vintage photos enhance
the narrative. This gritty memoir chronicles the vibrant life of Karl Bossi growing up Italian in a predominantly Irish and
blue-collar neighborhood of Boston.
graduation from college Bossi left home for a career in the Air Force and lived in Japan, Vietnam, Spain and Turkey around
bombs, bullets and booby traps. What follows is Karl’s 50-year journey to recognize that it was impossible to embrace
his own life as long as he avoided his father’s death. Bossi's memoir, sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet, is a vivid
and often humorous portrait of what it was like to grow up with poles-apart Italian-speaking parents. Only later does he understand
that “Mum” never found the channel that Pop transmitted on, but not until he realizes that “Mum” wasn't
much better when it came to tuning into her last son.”