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O'Donnell introduces readers to some of the greatest of the greatest generation--men such as Robert Kinney of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, wounded by a mortar at Anzio ("it tore my fanny open, took a big chunk of meat out of there--I could afford that"). While in the hospital, wounded members of the regiment were asked by one of their officers to return to the front:
We all went down, about forty of us in casts, bandages, arms in slings and everything. He said, "Your buddies up there are catching hell and we've got to go back if we can. You don't have to, we're not going to order you, but we're looking for volunteers." We said, "Hell, we'll go." We had just the best-spirited bunch of scrappers you ever saw.There are also stories about compassion in the midst of carnage. Albert Hassenzahl of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was seriously injured on a drop during the Normandy invasion. While waiting to be rescued, the wind blew his blanket off him. A man on an adjacent stretcher reached over and carefully tucked the blanket in around Hassenzahl. The other man was a German POW. "I didn't say a word to him, but I was able to move my head a little and looked over at him ... neither of us said a word, but mentally I might have said 'thank you' with my eyes and he might have said 'you're welcome' with his."
Though it will certainly appeal to them, O'Donnell insists that Beyond Valor is not aimed at war buffs--it's for the soldiers themselves. "My work has been one of preservation, done in gratitude for a generation that sacrificed so much." By sharing these stories, O'Donnell has helped to preserve and honor their memory. --Sunny Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is as important to documenting the history of World War II as any I've read.
The author, Mr. O'Donnell, has succeded in striking a very effective balance between his own narrative and that of the veteran's oral histories.
Beyond Valor is an excellent account of the heroism of american young men who risked everything to spearhead victory in WWII.
There is certainly something missing in O'Donnell's interactive accounts of Ranger and Airborne veterans in the European theater. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nonsenso
A great read about the American Airborne units during WW2 in particular that were of interest to me as my father was in the 509th PIB.Published 11 months ago by Mark F Holdsworth
Please read my review of his other book, 'Operatives, Spies & Saboteurs: The Unknown Story of World War II", etc. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marjorie
I did not listen to this it was a gift. I cannot rate this product. So very sorry. Thank youPublished 14 months ago by T. A. Barbella
Beyond Valor Great book ist hand accounts Never had seen accounts of shooting of enemy soldiers till this one. Read morePublished 17 months ago by James Maves
Excellent account by those who served in the US army ranger battalions and airborne division in Europe during world war ll.Published 22 months ago by Steve Brendel
Beyond Valor is a very good book for what it attempts to do. It's not the spellbinding prose that some other reviewers seemed to expect and it certainly lacks the pace and... Read morePublished on October 2, 2010 by John E. Nevola
My son is both an avid and selective reader, and he enjoyed this book. Therefore, I am giving it 5 stars.Published on June 26, 2009 by Ann M. Sikorski