Heroes among Us: Firsthand Accounts of Combat from America's Most Decorated Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan

Heroes among Us: Firsthand Accounts of Combat from America's Most Decorated Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan

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by Major Chuck Larson
     
 

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True stories of courage from the frontlines.

Over one million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past four years, but fewer than 500 from this group have earned a Silver Star, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, or the Medal of Honor. These Americans all demonstrated an extraordinary courage under fire, in the worst of

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True stories of courage from the frontlines.

Over one million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past four years, but fewer than 500 from this group have earned a Silver Star, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, or the Medal of Honor. These Americans all demonstrated an extraordinary courage under fire, in the worst of circumstances. They come from all branches of the military. They also come from all over the country and all walks of life, representing the entire spectrum of races and creeds.

But what unites them are their deeds of consummate bravery, beyond the call of duty. Heroes Among Us tells these extraordinary true stories of valor, honor and sacrifice.

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Competent collection relating the experiences of soldiers in America's current wars. Larson, who served in Iraq as a legal advisor, searched out 29 men decorated for valor and persuaded them to record their stories. Most begin with a short, lucid autobiography, followed by an account of their medal-winning deeds. All behaved valiantly, many receiving crippling injuries. Most of these stories appear to have been told repeatedly; details are more coherent on the page than they likely were on the battlefield, though a few accounts remain as confusing to the reader as they probably were to the participants. Several chapters recount Special Forces heroism in Afghanistan as soldiers rescued trapped colleagues or faced off against al-Qaeda in freezing winter atop the country's daunting mountainous terrain. Half a dozen men fought valiantly against overwhelming odds during the March 2003 invasion of Iraq-invariably, it seems, against the "elite Republican Guard." A medic achieved near-miracles of lifesaving in the midst of an ambush. A dozen medal-winners performed magnificently in brutal city battles or under ambush. Aware that the tape is running, these soldiers work hard to remain modest and share credit with their units. The author's good judgment in sticking to oral history is confirmed by accounts of two Medal of Honor recipients who died under fire. Larson tells their stories through interviews with fellow soldiers and family members, whose avalanche of unrelenting praise makes these the least successful chapters. Readers searching for deeper understanding of these wars have picked the wrong book. The soldiers are quick to declare they are fighting for freedom. They love America. They alsolove the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and insist the feeling is mutual. American soldiers are "brave," and the enemy is "fanatic," generally made up of suicidal maniacs from outside the country. Will appeal to military buffs and readers who enjoy precise, nuts-and-bolts description of battle action. Agent: Philippa Brophy/Sterling Lord Literistic Inc.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451223340
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/02/2008
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Major Chuck Larson served for a year with the US Army in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star. Author website: chucklarson.com.

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