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So Proudly He Served: The Sam Bird Story Hardcover – August 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Okarche Books; 1st edition, edition (August 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963554247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963554246
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Smith on April 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the story of the All American Boy. Born and raised in middle America, Kansas, Sam takes up marching in the school band. He meets a young girl named Annette, who will later play a intregal role in his life. His love of the discipline and regimentation, leads him to Missouri Military Academy, where he excells in all his classes, and knows that he wants to be a career soldier. By the time he graduates he is accepted in one of the nations most prestigous private military colleges, The Citadel. He advanced throught the ranks to become one of the highest ranking cadets. He joins the Army in 1961 and serves in Korea, as an aide to the commanding general, and is appointed to go to the Presidential Honor Guard The 3d United States Infantry, The Old Guard, at Ft. Myer, VA, where unbeknownst to him, he will become one of the most recognised soldiers in modern American history. On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy is assasinated, and it is LT. Sam Bird and members of the military honor guard who will accompany and escort the body of the fallen president from Air Force One continuosly until he is laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A few years later, while serving in Viet Nam, CPT Bird will be greivously wounded in an enemy ambush, where many of his men are killed and he will loose half of this skull and brains to enemy machinegun fire. Miracuosly Sam survives and while living at home recoupperating from the massive injury, Sam meets his old friend Annette, who falls for her former schoolmate,even though his is only part of the vibrant young man she once knew. They spend the next 15 years together enjoying life to the fullest extent that life can offer Sam, even though he is almost completely confined to a wheelchair. Sam's last visit to his old duty station at Ft. Myer, is met with honor and dignity as he is the guest of honor. This is a story of inspiration, devotion, dedication and courage, of a Real American Patriot and Hero.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Zeller on December 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sam Bird is the subject of this fine book. Sam Bird was an oustanding soldier and his wife an exceptional person. The book is as much a tribute to her as to Sam.

Sam Bird was my company commander in Vietnam in 1966, so this book is very personal. No one who ever met Sam was not impressed. You get a clear idea why.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claire Chadwell-bell on March 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Not only the story of a man who loved his country and president more than his own life....this is also the story of a man who loved the woman who wrote this story. Sam was a man of extrodinary courage and strength of character. Annette was te woman who loved him beyond words and was able to give voice to his story. Both of these wonderful people are deeply missed by those who love them.
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