Motivational Speaker/Author

For an excellent motivational speech; leadership, teamwork, resilience, perseverance, faith and forgiveness for business, military, elementary schools through universities, churches and religious organizations, please simply call Guy's office at 419-953-1083


was chained up, locked up, for my country, after more than 400 combat missions.



In combat, my call sign was Misty.

"Misty, GET OUT, GET OUT, YOU'RE A BALL OF FIRE, EJECT, EJECT!" F-4 Phantom "Gunfighter" Lead, November 9, 1967

MISTY Fast FAC F-100F over Dong Hoi, North Vietnam; site of Guy's first shoot down, the burning and explosion of his fighter, and of his rescue just offshore under heavy gunfire by combat search and rescue personnel, the bravest men in the world.

By David Tipps



Second Shootdown, Captured December 20th, 1967, Then Five Years, Three Months in a Communist Prison. 


Released March 14th, 1973. Coming Home Flight, USAF C-141;



Guy greets his family on return;




Guy signing memorial gift for General Yates, who made it happen.




I share lessons learned on how to establish high-performance teams in any organization (military, business, religious, or family) using proven techniques and principles that worked in the toughest conditions imaginable. We were the "unbroken" team of the War in Vietnam and returned with honor.




Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, by Peter Fretwell and Taylor Baldwin, says it best;

"If personnel are part of a high-performance team that is continually learning, that is willing to make mistakes in order to succeed, that puts mission ahead of personal interests while protecting individual team members, the chances are high that the culture will remain relevant, no matter what the future holds.

All the former Vietnam POWs continue to live and promulgate the mission Return with Honor. They know their successes can help future POWs, their nation, and future generations. Refusing to rest on their laurels, they continue to give back. With sixteen generals, six admirals, two U.S. ambassadors, two college presidents, one presidential candidate, one vice presidential candidate, two U.S. senators, two U.S. representatives, a state governor, several state legislators, many CEOs and numerous presidential and gubernatorial political appointments in their ranks, it is difficult to overstate their leadership impact on this nation."


General Talks:

Solitude, Torture, Conditions, Lessons of POW Life in North Vietnam

High-performance Leadership/Teamwork/Team Building Principles that Work and are Universal

Business Leadership/Teamwork/Team Building

Military Leadership/Teamwork/Team Building

School Leadership/Teamwork/Team Building

Family Leadership/Teamwork/Team Building

Sport Team's Leadership/Teamwork/Team Building

Business Meetings/Conferences


Addresses for Memorial Day, POW/MIA Day, Veteran's Day

School Assemblies/Graduations/Fundraisers

Private Parties/Functions


Spiritual Talks:

Forgiveness of Enemies (and Spouse, Children, Relatives, Friends!)

Overcoming Hatred, An End to Hatred

Conversion to Strong, Sure Faith in Prison Camp

Community Prayer Breakfasts

Church Prayer Breakfasts


Men's Conferences

Private Parties/Functions



There are consistently record attendances at events engaging Guy because of the draw of the unique POW experience. The talks share real-world lessons learned the hard way, are well delivered, and are as positive as can be. Speeches can be given anywhere domestic and overseas, however, most have been in the United States, most commonly Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennysylvania, Illinois, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Massachusetts and New Jersey.


Guy is a published Motivational Speaker (POW, Fighter Pilot, Businessman, Family man) 

on four primary topics; Leadership: Teamwork: Forgiveness: Conversion

(See a synopsis of each one below)


Click here to download Guy's Biography


Click here to download Guy's Speaker One Sheet


Call Guy's office to arrange a talk on Business or Military Leadership/Teamwork or a talk on the spiritual topics of Forgiveness/Overcoming Hatred/Conversion; 419-953-1083


Guy's new book is LOCKED UP WITH GOD, My Best Thirteen Speeches

A Book for the Family, Father and Soldier

A Book to Help One and All Get Closer to God

A Book to Lock Yourself Up with in Your Room and Read

Click here for two minute summary of Locked Up With God

Buy it now,

Treasure it for the rest of your life

Click here to buy Locked Up With God on Amazon


Click here for 40th Year POW Reunion Coverage: World News Tonight w/ Diane Sawyer      


*** Leadership (Motivating & Serving the Team): When It Is Hard to Lead     

Being a leader when all are dependent on you for their very life and mental stability


* Character

* Competence

* Communication

* Context


Man in the Arena 
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

Teddy Roosevelt

To whom it may concern,

On April 16, 2013, Guy Gruters spoke as the keynote speaker at the Reliable Plant Conference and Exhibition. There were more than 1,400 attendees and 100 companies present from 26 nations. The annual event was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and sponsored by many industry-leading companies, including Shell Lubricants.

Guy spoke on Teamwork and Leadership and did a wonderful job. His presentation was very relevant to this subject. All attendees enjoyed it and received much wisdom and inspiration from his testimony of being in tough conditions and still obeying the leader and getting things done.

Guy’s presentation brought tears to many eyes because he spoke of what he and other soldiers went through so that our country could remain free. His analogies and comparisons were very well understood. Anyone in his shoes would have had a hard time living, much less participating on a team established in the Communist prison camp.

Guy gave examples of heroic leadership that were truly inspiring and worthy of praise. I walked away a better leader and team player than I was before his presentation and am sure all those who heard his speech benefited in the same way. I would gladly attend his presentation again and would recommend it to any company or organization.


Jason Sowards


Noria Corporation

Tulsa, OK


Click here for Kiwanis Club Flyer, Largest Club in the World

Click here for Men's Leadership Conference Flyer


*** Teamwork (Serving the Leader & Each Other): When the Going Gets Tough

Superior lessons on doing things together as a team based on experience in very difficult conditions


The Law of the Jungle

Now this is the Law of the Jungle – as old and as true as the sky;

And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the Law runneth forward and back – 

For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Rudyard Kipling, Second Jungle Book

TEAMWORK: USS Lexington Hangar Deck, Corpus Christi, TX, 11/7/14




To: JD Went, Michelle Y Gallagher

Subject: VRG Corpus Summit, November 7, 2014

Hey y'all,

I just wanted to thank you for inviting me to your summit, I had a wonderful time and the speaker was amazing! I captured some pics for y'all, see if we can get them to everyone. Thank You,

Brandon Palmer | Veterans Resource Group Corporate Vice Chair 
Baker Hughes 


To: James D. Went
Subject: VRG Banquet, USS Lexington, Nov 7th

J.D., we really enjoyed the evening at the Lexington with Guy Gruters and his story. I watched his homecoming on You Tube and I have to say I have watched it three times already. It was an honor to say that if it wasn't for you and your hard work to have brought this gentleman here, we wouldn't have had the pleasure of listening to his story and meeting him. My husband was one of the fortunate ones to receive a book. (I can't put it down) It was an eye opener and we are looking forward to next year. Thank you for your service J.D. and all that you do, Sir. You have yourself a GREAT DAY!

Monica Robles: Drilling Fluids Administrator

Baker Hughes


Subject: VRG Banquet, USS Lexington, Nov 7th
To: Went, James D.

J.D., awesome speaker and presentation at the VRG Banquet. My wife, son and I really enjoyed the testimony and work ethic message of the evening . We can all apply the work ethic and inspiration of Guy Gruters to our daily lives, shared during the evening. Met some great Baker Hughes employees and look forward to the next get together.
I hope to get Roger Brooks with Operation Wounded Warrior involved with the next event.

Thanks again for putting the evening together as an encouragement to both veterans as well as employees.

Best regards

Lee E. Enderle | Manufacturing Supervisor
Baker Hughes


*** Forgiveness: A Way to Imitate Christ     

Learn how I learned to forgive my captors, who killed my friend, beat and tortured me


... A storm of harsh treatment followed quickly. My captors beat me, humiliated me, spit on me. They tortured me. They killed my friend for no reason. They hardly fed us. They treated us worse than dogs. Bugs and worms and rats were everywhere. It was hell on earth and I was living in it... 

No one can imagine what it was like to shiver from cold, or to sweat from heat for days on end. No one can imagine being kicked and beaten and hung by ropes. No one can imagine the filth and the lack of medical care. Six out of every seven of us died, and I was ready to go at any moment... 

I prayed: God save me from my sins. Save me from hating others...

God answered... 

Can you imagine being happy and joyful in a prison camp? Can you imagine having peace of mind, not knowing if you were going to live or die that day? Can you imagine praying for those who kicked you, beat you, fed you bread with rat excrement in it and water with worms in it?

Click below for Two Page Magazine Article Synopsis of Speech:


Road to Forgiveness


Click below for a video of Ft. Myers, Florida Men's Club speech (350 men) March 10, 2016:


Forgiveness is Love


October 21, 2014

Dearest Guy and Sandy,

Thank you for the honor of your presence and the gift of your words at our annual dinner at TLS Veterans. I cannot articulate how inspiring you both are and what a privilege it was to be seated in the middle of such heroism and unconditional love as I felt last night. The impact of last evening was transformational to me personally as well as everyone who joined me to welcome you both. I shall move forward in my life with my eyes much wider opened, my heart much more forgiving, and many more moments spent everyday thanking the good Lord for all of my blessings.

Much Love,

Betty Jean Hartwig

Executive Director, TLS Veteans


*** Finding God In Prison Camp: Locked Up With God     

How I found my God in the prison camps of North Vietnam

Fruit of God's Love Within

Now this is the Blessing of God’s Tender Love -  who chooses such love has been saved;

For the soul that obeys lives forever, and no worries for life or the grave.

To give, care and share with our Dad; to give, care and share with our neighbor,

With forgiveness for all, judgement for none, perfection in all the day's labour.

As the Heavens quiet the evening, His Law gives the peace of a dove,

For the spawn of God’s Love is each soul, and the goal of each soul is God’s Love.

With prayer, His Grace works the miracle, Love's creature made gentle and mild,

Then courage in all our troubles and trials, with a smile in our work here below,

For Father allows only the best for each moment, what a great comfort to know,

So the Fruit of God’s Love Within (through it all), is the peace and the joy of Love's child.

Guy Gruters

Hello, Guy and Sandy,

I have been wanting to contact you for weeks to thank you for all you did to help us present another very impressive Community Prayer Breakfast here in Brigantine, New Jersey. When I went to the Veteran's Cemetery to visit my Dad and also attended a Veteran's Day ceremony here in Brigantine last weekend, they served as reminders that I need to let you know how appreciative we all are here in Brigantine over having met you folks.

Speaking Friday evening to the Men Of Honor Ministries from western Pennsylvania was above and beyond what we expected and those who attended that evening were extremely grateful. Your presentation at our Saturday morning Prayer Breakfast was a message that I don't believe the attendees will forget for a long time.

I had the opportunity of reading your book, "Locked Up With God". Your words proved again how grateful this nation must be for the men and women who step up to protect us.  It is a shame that sometimes your service and your sacrifice are taken for granted. Thank you for your service to both God and Country. You have inspired many people with your message and I hope that you can continue to present that message for many more years.

May God continue to bless you and Sandy.

Andy Solari

Brigantine, New Jersey 

November 11, 2014

I just finished reading your book, "Locked Up With God," and wanted to thank you. You and Sandy were very kind to me and gave me a signed copy. I was a volunteer worker at the Community Prayer Breakfast in Brigantine, NJ, and had no money with me.

I am enclosing $20, not to pay for my book - I treasure it as a gift from both of you - but to pay for someone else who may be unprepared to purchase a copy.

I will share my copy with friends and hope they find it as inspiring as I did. When I find myself whining about day-to-day chores, frustrations and inconveniences, I remind myself what you went through and how you relied on God for help - no comparison!

On this Veteran's Day I thank you for your service to our country. Thanks again for the book. I was deeply touched. Thanks, Sandy. 

May God continue to bless both of you and your family.

Barbara Gilligan


Guy's talk on Teamwork/Leadership in Difficult Conditions has been well-received by all audiences (always a standing ovation);

Recent Corporate Clients/Sponsors (keynote or primary speaker) include:



Noria Corporation
Shell Oil Corp.
Southern Electric Corporation
Care Source
MBC Holdings (Construction)
Burkhart Insurance
A to Z Meats
ILCA (National Insurance Loss Control Association)

There have also been numerous speeches given this past year to schools, military units, churches, and prisons domestic and overseas (>35).

Click here to see Articles and Pictures on Guy's speech to an Air Force Leadership School and Joint Command Audiences at Ft. Meade, MD.

Friends and Family,
I would like to announce that my book "Locked Up With God" is now available as a printed copy on as well as an ePub on Kindle, Apple iBooks or Nook. This book has been endorsed by Colonel Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient, and others. It delineates valuable lessons learned throughout my life regarding faith, family, business and the military.

Click here for the link to the PRINTED book:

Click here for the ePub; Amazon (KINDLE), Apple iBooks, Nook


Locked up with God: My Best Thirteen Speeches, by Capt. Guy D Gruters, Vietnam POW




I have known Guy Gruters for many years. We both graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in the early 1960s, flew F-100s in Vietnam and served in the same unit as Misty FACs. By the time I got to the unit Guy had already been shot down twice and captured after his second ejection over North Vietnam, but his exploits were legend. After Vietnam we took different paths. I made a career of the Air Force. Guy rejoined his family and became a motivational speaker and writer, dedicated to passing on the lessons he learned as a fighter pilot and POW to the younger generation.

He is good at what he does. I highly recommend his book to anyone who wants to improve their life and become a better person, a better leader, a better family man and a better soldier, sailor, Marine or Airman.

General Ron Fogleman, USAF, Retired

15th Chief of Staff, USAF

Misty 86


For those that missed it, this is a link to the ABC interview on the Nixon Foundation coverage of the 40th year POW reunion held in Yorba Linda, CA. Our interview (Charlie Plumb, Lee Ellis, and myself), the one that was shown Tuesday night (May 27, 2013) on ABC World News Tonight by Diane Sawyer, is featured toward the bottom of the page and
can be seen by clicking on the arrow (The video title is: Remembering the POWs of the Vietnam War). It also has very nice additional coverage of the reunion.
Best and God Bless,
Guy and Sandy


This is the Video by the Nixon Foundation on the 40th YEAR POW Reunion hosted by the Nixon Library


Guy and Sandy at the POW 40th Year Reunion, Nixon Library, May 24, 2013



All illustrations of torture and prison conditions in the book, on this website, and on Guy's presentation slides are with permission and from the book, "Prisoner of War," by Captain John "Mike" McGrath, USN (Ret), the Naval Institute Press.




Motivational Speaker on Teamwork, Leadership in Tough Conditions: Capt. Guy Gruters, seated at center, receives a standing ovation from (from left) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, adjutant general of Wisconsin, Brig. Gen. Gary L. Ebben assistant adjutant general for Air and Command Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Cullen following his address at Milwaukee’s 128th Air Refueling Wing April 25, 2013. Gruters, a Vietnam War prisoner of war, spent more than five years in an enemy prison camp. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/1st Lt. Nathan Wallin) From posted 4/30/2013.


October 11, 2013

Captain Gruters,

Thank you for the autographed book, Locked Up With God. Thank you even more for serving your country and becoming the person you are today. Everyone loved having you at ILCA. I'm sure you have heard this before, but your presentation was very inspirational. Because of people like you, I am able to have the family I have today.

Thank you again for your book, your service and your faith.

Semper Fi and God Bless,

Scott Doyle, Cristine and Payton


December 13, 2013  
Captain Guy Gruters is a real American Hero. His experiences and trials touched and changed our lives. His faith in God, Family, Friends and the American dream is an inspiration. The A to Z Meats team was blessed to have Guy for our Christmas party. We are truly thankful.

Ms. Jessica Strahm


Kings High School Assembly: November 21, 2013

Hi Captain Gruters

I wanted to thank you for taking the time to present your story to the students and staff at Kings High School. 

What a remarkable and inspirational story you have.  The school was buzzing after your talk and had the students thinking about how your lessons of encouragement and perseverance can play into their lives.  Not only did you get the students thinking, you showed them firsthand what true courage and leadership are.  Your delivery was exceptional, directly relating to the students and capturing their attention from the start.  We could have listened to you for hours.

I also appreciate the extra time you spent with the students, community members, and family.  It shows that you are willing to take the extra step to facilitate your message, which is one that all people should hear. 

I look forward to seeing you again next year.  Thanks for your service to our country, it is a better place because of individuals like you.

Rob Robison, MBA, M.Ed

Warren County Career Center/Kings High School

From: Father William Hahn, St. Peter's
To: Guy Gruters
Subject: follow-up

Hello Guy,
This is Fr. Bill Hahn from St. Peter's.
Thanks again for such a great talk.  It was very inspiring and thanks too for the book, I look forward to reading it!
I wanted to make you aware of an organization I'm involved with which helps men develop those leadership traits you were talking about.  I thought I would let you know about it, in case you know of any men looking for this kind of experience.  It is called Wilderness Outreach, and basically it takes men out to the West, and immerses them in a week of backpacking, trail work, and rhythm of prayer.
The five pillars were all hit on by you in your talk which is what made me think of it:
Work, Worship, Asceticism, Leadership, Brotherhood.
If you get a chance you can learn more about it at:

Thanks again and tell Sandy I said hello.
In Christ,
Fr. Hahn


Guy is an extremely versatile motivational speaker with a great variety of powerful experiences in military, small business, corporate, and family life. He will work with a group requiring a motivational speaker to address their needs with tailored topics. Speeches are strongly relevant, positive and inspirational to Catholic, Christian, Corporate, Family, Youth, Business or Military audiences; or to schools from elementary through college; Catholic, Christian, public or homeschool. Guy is one of the leadership conference motivational speakers, men's conference motivational speakers, family speakers, parish speakers, retreat speakers, teen conference speakers, youth conference speakers or educational speakers for groups of fifty to four thousand who attains consistently outstanding audience attention and evaluations. When questions are allowed, audience participation is off the scale.


Religious Freedom Rally, Washington, DC, June 8th, 2012


Air Force Captain Jason K. Powell and Family in Germany;




POW/MIA Wreath Laying Ceremony September 21st, 2012

Some comments on Guy's talk:

“This is a powerful testimony of faith and trust in God, even in the worst of conditions, proving all things are possible with God!” Wichita, KS

“Captain Gruters’ amazing example of living with God in the present moment really challenges and inspires me to do the same!” Chicago, IL

"Very moving an inspirational - To not only survive being a POW, but to grow in your faith during such a trial. Amazing message!" Buckeye, AZ

"WOW!! Can faith really be that strong?? I am in awe! I love this CD.” Augusta, ME

"What an inspiring story of faith and hope in the worst of situations." Williamsville, NY

"This CD is a great reminder that there is no escaping God's love and mercy, no matter where you are or how bad things get." Madison, WI

"Faith in God, thankfulness for all God's blessings, gratitude, drives home that without God we are nothing.” Shreveport, LA 

"A courageous witness how God's love can get us through the worst of situations and that the cross we bear viewed in hindsight is a gift that allows us to become closer to God." Fort Kent, ME


Dear Guy,


I seriously enjoyed this weekend's 99's Pilot Club Christmas Party! Your combination of stories about flying the O-1 and the F-100 fighter aircraft in combat as a Forward Air Controller was one of a kind. The events in the stories should help us all to be better pilots. We realize that if you could make it through what you made it through, then we can carry on with our everyday flying in happiness and security.


I particularly liked how you responded to all the technical questions about flying both during the dinner, your talk and late into the night. Your having been an airline pilot as well as a fighter pilot also added much to your ability to answer various questions in a thoughtful way. As you noticed, we have many airline pilots in our group as well as private pilots.


Thanks again for coming! May God bless you and your family always.




Carol (January, 2013)


(See the home page for more examples of evaluations)



Homecoming after more than six years in Vietnam:



Excerpt from talk on the MISTYs and the first shoot down in the F-100



Excerpt from talk on the conversion experience in Prison Camp




(Please see below for more video and audio excerpts of prior speeches by Guy)


Topics covered directly related to his personal witness can include;

* conditions in a Communist prison camp

* interrogation, torture and maltreatment

* manhood

* forgiveness of enemies

* surviving unexpected difficulties or disaster

* the necessity of faith, prayer and integrity in adversity

* perseverance in suffering

* the multiple shoot down experiences

* combat stories in South Vietnam

* combat stories in North Vietnam

* about Lance Sijan, a perfect hero

* about other great heroism

* love of neighbor

* witness of and winning principles for handling extreme problems similar to torture, i.e., terrible sickness, death of close relatives, divorce, etc.

* witness of and winning principles for outstanding leadership in military, business and family life

* witness of and winning principles for a wonderful loving married life in military and/or civilian life

Arcanum: Pope Leo XIII On Christian Marriage

Casti Connubii: Pope Pius XI Christian Marriage

* or any combination desired

The theme of the event and time given for the talk determines the selection of the topics covered. Guy will answer questions at the conclusion of the speech if desired. Guy is one of the Corporate Motivational Speakers, Conference Speakers, Men's Conference Speakers, Catholic Men's Conference Speakers or Youth Conference Speakers who has been extremely well-received as evidenced by consistently outstanding audience evaluations. Guy may also be a motivational speaker for other audiences on the same trip such as schools, churches, clubs, etc. to save travel expenses. An extended biography of Guy can be found on the About page of this website. However, the following link gives a more traditional standard biography that can be used in whole or in part in any way desired.

Biography of Guy Gruters



Examples of Speeches Given:

"Stories of Infantry and Air Combat in South Vietnam, First Shoot Down, Second Shoot Down and Capture" (Speaking to F-16, F-15 Fighter Units) Florida, Okinawa

"Outstanding Leadership in a Communist Prison Camp" (Speaking to various military and corporate audiences) Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Dakota, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida

"Conditions and Torture in a Communist Prison Camp" (First given at VMI) Virginia, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Dakota

"Leadership Comparatives in Combat and Business" (Speaking to over 75 CEOs in various states and cities) Oregon, Nevada, Ohio

"Air-Sea Rescue: The Bravest in the World" (First given to a World-Wide International Air-Sea Rescue Conference) Nevada, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Alabama

"Leadership in the Home and Family" (First given at a National Homeschool Conference) Washington, D.C., Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania

"Lance Sijan, Hero of Vietnam, Sijan's Code" (First given at the US Air Force Academy) Colorado, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, Alabama, Florida, North Dakota, Nevada

"Conditions, Conversion and Forgiveness in a Communist Prison Camp" (Speaking at various Catholic Men's Conferences) Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts

"Heroic Love: Keynote for Memorial Dedication for Medal Of Honor winners Colonel Bud Day and Colonel Leo Thorsness" Texas

"The Saving Power of Suffering" (Speaking to a tight-knit community of dedicated Catholic families, People of Hope) New Jersey

"Fireside Talk: Choice of Vocation in Life" (Speaking to teenagers making choice of married, single, or religious vocations) Ohio

"Surviving a Communist Prison Camp, or Any Difficult Times" Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, Michigan, Indiana

"How I Found God in a Communist Prison Camp" (Available from Lighthouse Communications) Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, Texas

"A Military Family through Difficult Times" (Speaking by Guy and Sandy: First given to Catholics in the Military) Alabama, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Okinawa

"The Grace and Blessing of Suffering" (Speaking to a conference for the permanently disabled) Ohio

"The Great Love I Have Witnessed in War" (Stories of great heroism for others in South and North Vietnam) Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida, Alabama, Oregon, Nevada, South Carolina



Photo by Sean Gallagher, The Criterion, Indianapolis

Video excerpt: TV: EWTN Journey Home, Marcus Grodi: Pride-Hatred-Forgiveness-Conversion, the beginning


Excerpt from talk on Medal of Honor winner Capt. Lance Sijan, the beginning


Video excerpt: TV: EWTN Journey Home, Marcus Grodi: Some conditions in the cell

Video excerpt: Key to Survival: Prayers of families, nation and our own

Video excerpt: Guy speaking to Boy Scouts


(Click here to purchase the complete TV show containing some of the excerpts above, enter keyword guy gruters in search of EWTN programs)


Audio: After Dinner Talk, Arlington, Virginia

Audio: Catholic Answers Radio Program

Audio: Columbus, Ohio, Catholic Men's Conference

Audio: EWTN Television Journey Home Show, Alabama, select #240


Guy's wife, Sandy, waited for Guy for the six years he was in Vietnam.



Welcome home, Dad!


Sandy bore two children before Vietnam and five more after Guy's return. Sandy speaks on her experience as the wife of a military officer, POW, business professional, airline pilot and mother of a large family under difficult conditions. For example, besides the POW experience, Guy and Sandy have moved more than 25 times in their more than 45 years of married life. Generally, Sandy will normally only travel with Guy to his talks if the distance is not too great. However, if a talk by Sandy is also desired for the audience or the wives or families, then Sandy can make extended trips as well. For example, Guy and Sandy traveled to Okinawa for a week's worth of talks to various military audiences, including military wives' groups. This series was for the week leading up to POW/MIA day.



I love you, Sandy



Guy has been a motivational speaker for numerous military audiences, businesses, conferences, colleges, high schools, elementary schools, clubs, civic audiences (for example, during patriotic holiday celebrations), almost any group imaginable. He has also spoken extensively as a Catholic Parish Speaker, Catholic Retreat Speaker, Catholic Men's Conference Speaker, Catholic Teen Speaker, Catholic Youth Speaker, Theology on Tap Speaker, or Youth Conference Speaker throughout the United States. The talks have been uniformly well received.

Guy has recently published his first book, "Locked Up With God," available on In addition, there are a number of books relating his experiences and that of his fellow pilots and POWs that can be purchased on Please see the "Further Reading" page of this website for a list of these.

Guy is currently available as a motivational speaker anywhere in the world. He requires travel arrangements or travel expenses to be arranged by the client from/return to Ohio and a speaker's honorarium that is negotiated based on the audience, its size, and its location. Guy is a short drive from Dayton, Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, Toledo, Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Akron, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Michigan, Lexington, Kentucky, etc. and under four hours from Chicago, Il. Airfare can be from/return to Dayton, Ohio or Columbus, Ohio to anywhere in the world. Please use the "Contact and/or Contract" page link immediately following this paragraph to initiate discusssion of a possible talk. The "Contact and/or Contract" page has an example of the contract.

Contact and/or Contract


Guy's outstanding combat record with his POW years, and experiences since then, contribute to him being today an excellent motivational speaker for Catholic, Christian, Corporate, Family, Youth or Military organizations, conferences or events.


This is because as well as being a polished motivational speaker with numerous engagements as a small business, corporate, military, family, youth, Catholic and Christian to his credit, Guy will also bring a unique perspective to your next event. Please consider this page, the About page and the Home page of this website to decide if you agree. Returning from six years in Vietnam, Guy spent many years as a small business CEO and high-level corporate executive officer, while raising a large family. The unique combination of extensive combat experience and being a POW returning with honor through extreme difficulties, along with powerful experiences in the small business, corporate and family real world, allows Guy to be a tailored motivational speaker for your special requirements. His experiences have also proven to be an outstanding audience draw for events including Guy as a speaker. If engaged, Guy shall be an ideal keynote and/or motivational speaker for your event. 

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