The Quiet Hero: The Untold Medal of Honor Story of George E. Wahlen at the Battle for Iwo Jima

The Quiet Hero: The Untold Medal of Honor Story of George E. Wahlen at the Battle for Iwo Jima

The Quiet Hero: The Untold Medal of Honor Story of George E. Wahlen at the Battle for Iwo Jima

The Quiet Hero: The Untold Medal of Honor Story of George E. Wahlen at the Battle for Iwo Jima

Synopsis

This powerful story documents the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of extraordinary navy corpsman George Wahlen. After decades of silence, this survivor of one of World War II's most horrific battles divulges the gritty details of his incredible experiences. Upon landing with a company of 250 marines, Wahlen fought alongside them. Under repeated grenade and mortar fire himself, Wahlen refused evacuation, preferring to aid those he perceived to be in greater danger. Witnesses of his heroics remain dumbfounded he survived, and while his incredible feats of bravery saved countless marines, the intensity of the battle left few men of the company unscathed- they suffered the highest killed-in-action ratio of any marine company during a single battle in U.S. history. The significance of his story lies in the historic context of the battle for Iwo Jima; while many remember the iconic flag-raising photograph captured during this conflict, few realize the battle was the most costly of World War II for America. After receiving a Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman in 1945, Wahlen has been the quintessential quiet hero, refusing the adulation usually bestowed on nationally recognized veterans.

Excerpt

Senator robert J. dole

The character of a nation can well be determined by how it pays homage to its heroes. the Medal of Honor is this country’s highest honor for valor in combat, and has been awarded to fewer than 3,500 recipients throughout our nation’s long history.

From the moment this nation learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans began mobilizing in an unprecedented manner, as the very existence of the nation was at stake. the Second World War was not only the defining event of the 20 century; it defined a great generation of people who confronted some of history’s greatest tyrants. Their fidelity to the cause never failed, although their resoluteness was often tested.

During this epic world war, the Medal of Honor was presented to 198 living recipients. Throughout the past sixty years, these honored veterans have dignified our country with a legacy of nobility and inspiration. But even war heroes are mortal, and they cannot avoid the unmerciful march through life. the inevitable reunion with their beloved comrades cannot long be averted.

Within these pages you will read about George E. Wahlen and his participation in the Battle for Iwo Jima, the most costly battle of World War II. As with any account of war, you can expect gruesome descriptions of unspeakable horror. But you will also gain a glimpse of how men, in a struggle for survival, endured a breadth of emotions ranging from devotion to despair, weariness to grief, and hostility to joy.

Mr. Wahlen was one of 27 men decorated with the Medal of Honor during the 36-day battle for this forsaken island that was critical to the success of the Pacific war. He was among many brave men about whose . . .

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