Heroes from the Wall

Heroes from the Wall

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Heroes from the Wall by Foster, John Douglas

When the author John Douglas Foster was wounded while serving in Vietnam during the 1968 Tet Offensive, he received more than a piece of metal in his body-- haunting memories of comrades opened his soul in a quest to learn more about those who didn’t return. Sketching a fascinating portrait of the lives of those who fought and died valiantly, Foster pens a riveting and gut-wrenching read in Heroes from the Wall. A clear-eyed tale of truly honorable individuals who were not just mere names, numbers and statistics, Heroes from the Wall ensures that these unsung heroes will never be forgotten by future generations who didn’t know them on the battlefield. Foster seamlessly captures their quirks of personality, playful antics, heroic actions, compassion and care for others, their caring and sharing with their comrades, tender concern for their family, and affirmation of life while engulfed in places of death. Leaving readers with a newfound respect for the nameless heroes upon turning the pages, Foster writes with candor and resonating tone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469155425
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 02/27/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,064,728
File size: 2 MB

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Heroes from the Wall 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
CChambersJr More than 1 year ago
I can't begin to tell you how heartfelt the stories are in John's book, capturing your emotions, pride and a desire to learn more about the hero's in this book. So many young brave men giving their lives for the sake of the freedom we have always known. I often think of the 60's as the best time in my young life, it's because of all selfless men and women that served our country during the Vietnam war and wars prior that I never had to fear for anything growing up in the United States. It's because of great men and women like these in John's book that gave the ultimate sacrifice that proves this truly is the land of the free and the home of the brave. I recommend this book to all who believe in true freedom and feel strongly in how important it is for our children to know what it takes to have this gift of freedom they have always known. John's book is a story of heroic individuals, with each story leaving you full of pride and compassion. I want to thank John Foster for his time in writing this great book of true hero's. C Chambers Jr.
Nat3 More than 1 year ago
On my first trip to the Wall I knew the stories for about 10 of the names on there, and was amazed by the blur of all the names running together. Knowing that each one had a story, made me even closer to all of them. John Foster has taken and let us know a few more of these men. It is a must read so we stay cognizant of what freedom really costs, and the men that keep it safe for us.
Stephanie_Hanson_Caisse More than 1 year ago
Many years ago, I lived in Washington DC and would visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The names etched in the black marble always haunted me - even before I knew my birth father's name was on that Wall. In John Foster's book, he tells the personal stories of 20 names on that Wall - my father included. However, I do not like this book JUST because my father's story is included. To me, this whole book is important as the author tells these hero's stories. The greatest gift we can give to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country is to remember their stories. The author has captured this perfectly. My husband teaches at a high school and I think this book is just the type of book the next generation should read to honor these sacrifices and learn of the men who fought and died for them. I have a lot of books on Vietnam due to my father, but this is on my top shelf and one of my favorites. A must read!! Stephanie Hanson Caisse Author of "A Corpsman's Legacy"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sat down to read this book as part of a research project. I soon found myself tearing up at the personal stories Mr. Douglas presented. Being the brother of a Vietnam combat veteran and the father of an OIF combat veteran, I came face-to-face with the main ingredient of our wars; the American soldier! John deftly brought a third dimension to these wars. Heroes from the Wall should be a must read in high schools in either history, sociology, or political science classes. Thank you, John Foster Douglas, for giving us this book, providing context, and bringing these heroes to life! John Hutchings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This touching book is a must read for everyone! It allows us to get to know some of our brave, young heroes whose names are forever immortalized on the Viet Nam Wall. John Foster's book is a loving tribute to the young men and women who gave so selflessly to our country. Many were drafted into service but they didn't hesitate to do as their country asked. They came from all walks of life, from many different backgrounds but all served valiantly. Thank you, John Foster, for bringing their memories into our hearts.
SgtMajorRyan More than 1 year ago
Accurate and touching accounts of American Servicemen and women who gave all during the Viet Nam war. These stories will make A a Marine and two tour Viet Nam Veteran I appreciate the author's truthful accounts as could only be depicted by one who "has been there and done that." This book made me fully realize what great sacrifices are made by entire families when a life is lost in combat. The author goes a long way in explaining the sacrifices made by the US military for America, particularly at a time when the nation was very divided, in it's views of a conflict that cost this nation over 58,000 lives. Sergeant Major Robert S. Ryan U.S. Marine Corps, Retired
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing body of work. Compiled with such compassion for each soldiers story. It takes you back to the war so vividly. Makes you remember how far we have come. We must not forget each name on "The Wall" has a life story behind it. Great job, John Foster, Thank You for sharing with all of us and reminding us to never forget the sacrifices all soldiers make!!!
Col_Dick_R More than 1 year ago
I was a U. S. Marine helicopter pilot in Vietnam 1967-68, and the stories in Foster's book remind me of missions I flew bringing out good men to live and fight another day. Some of these chapters I read more than once. I had the privilege of serving with good men and women like the ones depicted in this book, and will always remember their sacrifice. If you want a history into the lives of a few of these good men and women, read this book. No doubt the stories have brought honor to those written about and their families. Colonel Dick Rosser, USMC (Ret.)
kimbowlin101 More than 1 year ago
Sensitively written, Heroes from the Wall puts a face on so many who gave their lives in the jungle of South East Asia. More so, it allows us a window into the family infrastructure deeply affected by the deaths of young men who fought in a war once referred to as "The Children's Crusade." If in tribute only, John Foster's book should be listed as "required reading." Kim Bowlin 101st Airborne, 1st Brigade, Inf. 1966-67 Vietnam
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be read by all baby boomers who were touched by the Viet Nam War. It individualizes the young men who died there, giving details of their character and life before going off to war. Tom Jordan, RVN 1969-1970
al_lyon More than 1 year ago
If the intent of 'Heroes from the Wall' was to acquaint the reader with the personal and emotional side of war, then Mr. Foster has more than accomplished his mission. Although he focused on the Vietnam War, the brief but compelling stores of those he included in his book could just as easily apply to every Marine, soldier, sailor, or airman who signed up to serve his or her country during any conflict the United States was ever, is or will ever be involved in. All I can say is 'job well done'!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Foster brings these fallen soldiers to life. It's obvious that he hold a special place in his heart for these unsung heroes.