Included in Military Heroes are vignettes about nineteen soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for their country. They died as a result of hostile enemy action. There are also four included who died accidental deaths while serving their country. Three of the four were killed in military airplane crashes. There are five included who earned the Bronze Star, four who received the Silver Star, one who earned the Navy Cross at Pearl Harbor, and one recipient of the nation's highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
There are also twenty-one who earned a Purple Heart. The medal is presented to those who were wounded in action. It is also awarded to servicemen who were killed in action.
Also included are vignettes about servicemen whose deeds may be considered humorous or whimsical, although most are quite serious. Also included in the individual vignettes are photographs of most of the soldiers in Military Heroes. There are also various items of ephemera used to tell their stories. Some of the individual vignettes include messages that may have been sent home, candid pictures, a sailor's last will and testament, and even applications for gravestones. All help tell the grim reality of war.
Military Heroes is not intended to be all inclusive but rather to include a cross section of those who served in the military from Guadalupe county and the sacrifices they made in defense of their country. More importantly, many of those included played a very important role in their military service. One of the soldiers played an especially important role in helping to bring World War II to an end. He was on the Enola Gay as it flew over Hiroshima to deliver its payload on that fateful day in August 1945.
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About the Author
He is the oldest of thirteen children. The Flores family lived in Puerto de Luna until they moved to Santa Rosa in October 1959. Flores attended public schools in Puerto de Luna and Santa Rosa.
After graduating from Santa Rosa High School in 1964, he enrolled at the University of New Mexico. He received a BA degree from the University of New Mexico in 1969 and an MA degree in Educational Administration from New Mexico Highlands University in 1984. He returned to Santa Rosa after graduating from UNM in 1969 and was employed by the Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools for over forty years. After working as a teacher for fifteen years, he spent the last twenty-five years of his educational career as an administrator. He served as middle school principal for two years and then was high school principal for seven years. He retired from the school system in July 2009 after working his last sixteen years as the school district's superintendent.
He was inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2002. He was named the New Mexico School Superintendent of the Year in 2007 by the New Mexico School Superintendent's Association.
He married his wife, the former Lupita Campos, in 1966. He credits her for helping him complete his college education. They are the parents of Daniel, Jr., Steve and Stephanie. Daniel and Lupita are also the proud grandparents of Marcus and Hannah, the children of Steve and his wife, Tina. The Flores family also welcomed a new grandchild in November 2013, Henry Augustus Flores Boyd, the son of daughter, Stephanie, and Alex Boyd.