Guy Gruters was raised in New Jersey where he spent his childhood trapping muskrat, camping, hunting and becoming an Eagle Scout. He accepted a bid to the Air Force Academy and graduated with a BS in Engineering Science (Summa Cum Laude.) He then went on to Purdue University and completed a Masters Degree in Astronautical Engineering. After Pilot Training and fighter gunnery school, he volunteered for Vietnam and served six years in Vietnam, more than five as a POW. During his flight operations as a Forward Air Controller over 10 months, Guy flew more than 400 combat missions, first for the 173rd Airborne Brigade in the O-1 “Bird Dog” light observation aircraft and then for the MISTY Fast FACS in the F-100 Super Sabre over North Vietnam. His decorations include more than thirty combat awards, with two Silver Stars, two DFCs, two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star for Valor, the POW Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, 20 Air Medals and other medals.