Vietnam Medal of Honor Heroes

Vietnam Medal of Honor Heroes

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by Edward Murphy
     
 

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Here are dramatic details of the actions that earned American soldiers in Vietnam our highest military honor -- the Medal of Honor. Edward F. Murphy, head of the Medal of Honor Historical Society, recreates the heroic acts of individual soldiers from official documents, the Medal of Honor citations, contemporary accounts, and, where possible, interviews with survivors

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Here are dramatic details of the actions that earned American soldiers in Vietnam our highest military honor -- the Medal of Honor. Edward F. Murphy, head of the Medal of Honor Historical Society, recreates the heroic acts of individual soldiers from official documents, the Medal of Honor citations, contemporary accounts, and, where possible, interviews with survivors.

Complete with a list of all Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients, this book offers a unique perspective on the war -- from the early days of U.S. involvement through the return home of the last soldiers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The founder of the Medal of Honor Historical Society, Vietnam veteran Murphy offers biographies of 125 of the 238 Medal winners who served during the Vietnam era. Based on ``terse and often dry'' official citations as well as other government documents, media reporting and interviews with the survivors, their families and their fellow soldiers, Murphy's accounts of the heroics that led to their being honored are vivid and gut-wrenching. Many recipients, like Cpl. William T. Perkins (the only combat photographer to earn the Medal), threw themselves on enemy grenades to save others. When Second Lt. John P. Bobo's right leg was blown off by a mortar explosion, he wrapped his belt around the damaged limb and stayed on the firing line, covering the withdrawal of his command group until he was cut down. The tales are arranged chronologically, intercut with a summary of major events in the war. Vietnam literature has produced better writing, yet this book generates an effect similar to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington: the reader cannot remain unmoved. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345338907
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/12/1987
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

EDWARD F. MURPHY is a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He is the author of a three-volume series on Medal of Honor recipients, as well as two highly acclaimed Vietnam War histories. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

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Vietnam Medal of Honor Heroes 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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He walked over. Its pretty impossible to knock me down, slash.
goosegaurd35 More than 1 year ago
Has anyone realized that men who have RECIEVED the Medal of Honor aren't heroes and don't want to be called heroes. Did they do anything different than the men to their left and right. No matter what though, I respect all the men and women who have served our country valiantly and with bravery.