War Heroes: True Stories of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

War Heroes: True Stories of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

War Heroes: True Stories of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

War Heroes: True Stories of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

Synopsis

The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award given to American servicemen for valor in battle. Only slightly more than two hundred recipients of the Medal of Honor are alive today. In this extraordinary book, fifteen recipients tell the stories of the actions for which they received their awards. Heroes from the Marines, the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force recount their stories of action in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Together, their stories present a definition of heroism in battle. Individually, they are fifteen profiles of the Hero. The stories, based on interviews with the recipients and written by Kent DeLong, the attending physician of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, are well-told and exciting. They present true examples of valor, courage, and sacrifice. But they are more than just stories. They are the oral history of significant moments in the life of our country.

Excerpt

The history of the United States is a record of heroes who sacrificed to build this nation's greatness. a few of these people received the highest honor this country can give, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The Medal of Honor is awarded by the president to soldiers. These soldiers--most killed during their actions--conspicuously distinguished themselves above and beyond the call of their duty while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States.

The deeds recognized for the Medal of Honor are ones of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous that the action is clearly more than what could ever have been expected. the action must involve significant risk of life and be done without any thought by the individual soldier for future reward.

Once recommended for the Medal of Honor by eyewitnesses, the soldier's action is painstakingly verified and reviewed. the event must be documented so that absolutely no doubt about its accuracy can exist. This review process is conducted at the highest levels of the military and is so strict that fewer than two hundred recipients of this award are alive today.

The award has been received by people from all walks of life. These people have come from every state, from every branch of military service, and from many different religions and races. Some were poor and some were rich; some were educated and some were not. Yet they all had in common the belief that an ideal--their country--or even just another person was more . . .

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