Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words

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This first oral history of living Medal of Honor winners evokes Flags of Our Fathers with stirring accounts of patriotic valor.
This New York Times best-selling account of battlefield courage celebrates the larger-than-life sacrifices of those awarded the nation's highest honor for valor in combat. Exclusive interviews with these twenty-four men—firsthand accounts of battlefield sacrifice from the greatest generation to Vietnam, along with before-and-after stories—form the core ...

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Overview

This first oral history of living Medal of Honor winners evokes Flags of Our Fathers with stirring accounts of patriotic valor.
This New York Times best-selling account of battlefield courage celebrates the larger-than-life sacrifices of those awarded the nation's highest honor for valor in combat. Exclusive interviews with these twenty-four men—firsthand accounts of battlefield sacrifice from the greatest generation to Vietnam, along with before-and-after stories—form the core of this classic work. The recipients, as portrayed here, represent a cross-section as diverse as America itself—officers and enlisted men; African Americans, Hispanics, and Caucasians; men who went on to become famous (Daniel Inouye, James Stockdale, Bob Kerrey) and others who returned proudly to small towns. Beyond Glory, in the voices of these heroes, is a testament to the courage of the American nation.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Pakenham - Baltimore Sun
“A book of powerful convictions and human values.”
John Whiteclay Chambers II - Washington Post Book World
“These recollections are the raw stuff of history. They also provide valuable insight into the military, war and courage under fire.”
KLIATT
If anyone has a right to be called a hero, it is a winner of the Medal of Honor. Few of those to whom it is awarded so describe themselves, and all are aware that for everyone who wears the star-spangled light blue ribbon, there are scores of unknowns who are more deserving of the accolade. The Medal of Honor has existed since the Civil War. Each of the three military services has its own version of the medallion, but all require that it be given for valor at the risk of life, far beyond the call of duty. Collections of the stories of Medal of Honor winners are certainly not uncommon, but this is one of the best. Larry Smith has sought out nearly two dozen of these old warriors and conducted extensive interviews with them. These have been carefully edited, so that each person ends by telling the story of his life and his combat days in his own words. Any collection of this nature involves careful selection, of course, and in this case Smith had to choose from some 3,000 possible contenders. His book begins with several stories from WW II and the Korean War, but about half of them date from Vietnam. Strangely, nearly all of his choices are from the Army and the Marines. Nevertheless, all are gripping and leave the reader feeling that he has really met the person honored. The capsule memoirs in this book tell time after time of people who have found themselves in desperately unusual circumstances and proceeded just to "do what had to be done." None was fearless—true courage lies not in being unafraid, but in being scared silly and still deciding to go on. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Norton, 404p. illus., Ages15 to adult.
—Raymond Puffer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393325621
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/19/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 404
  • Sales rank: 583,149
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Smith

Larry Smith is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Few and the Proud and Beyond Glory. The latter was adapted into a major Broadway play by Stephen Lang. Smith lives in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

Eddie Adams (1933-2004) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and photojournalist noted for portraits of celebrities and politicians and his coverage of thirteen wars.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xxi
Part 1 World War II 1
1. Mitchell Paige 5
2. Walter D. Ehlers 19
3. Daniel Inouye 37
4. John William Finn 53
5. Vernon Baker 70
6. Desmond Doss 90
Part 2 The Korean Conflict 109
7. Thomas Hudner Jr. 115
8. William E. Barber/Hector Cafferata 129
9. Lewis L. Millett 143
10. Rodolfo Hernandez 158
11. Hiroshi Miyamura 165
12. Raymond G. Murphy 184
Part 3 The Vietnam War 195
13. Paul Bucha 199
14. Alfred V. Rascon 216
15. Jack H. Jacobs 234
16. Nicky Daniel Bacon 253
17. Thomas Kelley 272
18. Harvey Barnum Jr. 282
19. Jay R. Vargas 300
20. Clarence Sasser 317
21. Joe Jackson 334
22. James Bond Stockdale 350
23. Bob Kerrey 364
Citations 381
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