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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Finalist in the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards for Autobiography/Biography/Memoirs

"A compelling daily account of the hells of combat on Iwo Jima, 1945—one of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history." Harlan Glenn, host, The History Channel's Mail Call

"Well worth the [time] it takes to read. When you put it down, you will have been reminded about what selfless service and courage mean."  —Leatherneck magazine

"The author uses a matter of fact style that both chronicles and explains the forces and context which shaped George's life and actions. Military history buffs and those interested in Americans who have especially meaningful lives will love this book."  —Heartland Reviews

"This well-illustrated account of the intense battle that Wahlen and his fellow Marines went through is in stark contrast to Joe Rosenthal's calm, yet heroic photo of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi."  —College and Research Library News

"Gary Toyn has effectively researched the life and heroic actions of Navy Corpsman George Wahlen, weaving the young man's personal history into a riveting and historically accurate account of his heroism at Iwo Jima."  —C. Douglas Sterner, founder, HomeofHeroes.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976154785
  • Publisher: American Legacy Media
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 428,281
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary W. Toyn is a former producer of video documentaries. He traveled worldwide for the U.S. Department of Defense, and is a former reporter for UPI and ABC Radio News. He currently teaches broadcasting at Weber State University. He lives in Ogden, Utah. Senator Bob Dole is a WWII veteran who received two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained in a battle against the Nazis in Italy and a Bronze Star for his attempt to assist a downed radio operator. He has served as both the Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader in the U.S. Senate. He lives in Russell, Kansas. Senator Orrin Hatch is a former attorney who is in his fifth term as a U.S. Senator. He is the senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the second-ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Finance. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

    Not enough can be read or said about WWII.

    Fantastic!... A great read, had me looking forward to it. It's amazing how one could stay so quiet about what they have done, and seen....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2006

    The greatest story of heroism

    It took me a day to read this book, I was simply glued to each page. George Wahlen is a national hero, that finally people can read about. As I understand it from the bio on the publishers (American Legacy Media) website, were it not for James Bradley interviewing Mr. Wahlen for 'Flags of Our Fathers,' this book might not have happened. Apparently, Mr. Wahlen was convinced that he shouldn't take his story with him to his grave (as did James Bradley's father), so the author and Mr. Wahlen got together to write the book. This is a great story of heroism that is unmatched. Corpsmen are often the unheralded heroes on the battlefield, Mr. Wahlen refused evacuation several times before finally being carried to an aid station when his leg was broken after a mortar blast. Despite the broken leg, he crawled 50 yards to treat another wounded Marine and drag him back to safety. This is an easy read, so encourage your teenagers to read it. I convinced my two teens to read it, and they loved it... especially the pictures.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    Unforgettable

    This book is an incredible war story of a man who exemplifies courage and loyalty to his country. The author of this book, Gary Toyn, has done an outstanding job depicting the events in the life of George Wahlin. I would highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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