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5.0 out of 5 stars "Where Do We Get Such Men?", October 10, 2010
This review is from: Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and the Six Warriors Who Earned It in Afghanistan and Iraq (Hardcover)
Though the opening quote comes from the classic Korean war epic BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI, it sprang to mind as I read Dwight Zimmerman and John Gresham's exceptional chronicle of the six soldiers who won the Medal of Honor in Iraq and Afghanistan. Other books have been written on MoH winners but few have done such an insightful job of revealing the human being behind the award. UNCOMMON VALOR is a great read; alternately touching, exciting, inspiring and saddening.

All six MoH winners covered in UNCOMMON VALOR received the Medal posthumously. They are Paul Smith, Jason Dunham, Michael Murphy, Michale Monsoor, Ross McGinnis and Jared Monti. Several were squad leaders, several were grunts; others were SEALs. Some awards were made for leadership; others for self-sacrifice. Their backgrounds and time in service were as different as day and night. The only commonality seemed to be that, when exceptional courage was called for, each man stepped up.

The extensive research undertaken by Zimmerman and Gresham enable them to present a multi-dimensional portrait of each man. Their early life is detailed along with their decision to enlist, service prior to their MoH action, etc. The process by which each was recommended for and received the MoH is also detailed. The authors interweave these stories against the backdrop of a comprehensive history of the Medal of Honor since its inception.

Whatever your views regarding the on-going struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan, UNCOMMON VALOR is required reading. It puts a very human face on those far-away conflicts and reminds us of the price paid by the fine American men and women engaged in those conflicts. UNCOMMON VALOR comes highly recommended.
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Initial post: Oct 10, 2010 8:15:52 PM PDT
I believe the reviewer meant to say "Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith" instead of Peter Smith.

Thanks,

Kathy

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2010 6:07:52 AM PDT
Correction noted. Thank you, Kathy!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2010 6:33:15 AM PDT
Hi Michael,

Thank you for correcting the name on the one awardee.
Take care,
Kathy
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