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In his moving commentary, acclaimed 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace places these actions in historical context and relates his own personal experiences in WWII and as a journalist covering recent wars. He also meditates on the meaning of courage and shows what we can all learn from these extraordinary individuals.
"The President may award, and present in the name of Congress, a medal of honor of appropriate design, with ribbons and appurtenances, to a person who, while a member of the Army, Navy, or Air Force distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." --The United States Congress
|The Story of the Medal of Honor|
|Ch. 1||Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Civil War||1|
|Ch. 2||Leopold Karpeles, Civil War||19|
|A Nation of Immigrants||41|
|Ch. 3||Edouard Victor Michel Izac, World War I||45|
|Ch. 4||Samuel Woodfill, World War I||75|
|Return to Isolationism||106|
|Ch. 5||David M. Shoup, World War II||109|
|Ch. 6||Maynard H. Smith: World War II||135|
|Ch. 7||Vernon Baker, World War II||162|
|Ch. 8||Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura, Korean War||193|
|Ch. 9||William Charette, Korean War||219|
|From the Forgotten War to the Living-Room War||238|
|Ch. 10||Dwight Johnson, Vietnam War||241|
|Ch. 11||Thomas Kelley, Vietnam War||256|
Posted July 7, 2002
I found this book fascinating and well-written. It's not meant to be a reference book, or an exhaustive listing (whether of Latino recipients or any other ethnic group.) But it does provide detailed accounts of how ordinary soldiers rose to greatness and performed acts of amazing courage. The battle scenes are especially gripping, but the author also brings in much background material to describe where such unlikely heroes came from, and how their lives unfolded afterward. Very few of them came home to honor and/or glory. He also describes the politics and strong emotions behind the awarding of the MOH, and offers some insights into the racism, sexism and classism which often controlled who was awarded the medal.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2002
The author chooses from some of the forgotten and obscure receipients and shares with his readers their tales of almost unimaginable courage. Do not expect a reference book for this book is a portrait of just few of the thousands who have received the medal of honor. No book could offer anything but a cursory portrait of all of the extraordinary winners of the Medal. I liked who the author chose and I enjoyed their stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2002
I found this book to be a major dissapointment. If you are looking for the exciting heart-pounding and tear-jerking tales of the bravest of the brave, sandwiched by their pre-combat and post-combat livihood, look elsewhere. The author presents the lives of several MOH recepients whose stories pale in comparison to other MOH recipients of whom I've read. Their stories are told in shades of grey, the blandness disrupted momentarily by the actual combat tales which are unfortunately given little more attention than a footnote. The worst injustice however is the author portraying some of these MOH recipients as using their medals as a vehicle for arrogance and boastfulness, something I've never found reading of other recepients'. I will not reccomend this book to anyone, particularly not to any MOH recipients as it taints the Value of Valor.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2002
This book portrays fifteen Americans who have earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. If you buy this book expecting profiles of Medal of Honor winners like Everett Alvarez, Eugene A. Obregon, Roy P. Benavidez, Daniel Fernandez, Silvestre S. Herrera, Jose Lopez, Alfredo Gonzalez, Harold Gonsalves, Louis Rocco, Jose M. Lopez, Rodolpho P. Hernandez, etc--you won't find them here. This book would be much better if it were more comprehensive. Unfortunately, it's somewhat disappointing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.