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Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words Paperback – May 17, 2004
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This collection of interviews with recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the military's highest recognition for valor, will benefit from cross-promotion on the cover of Parade, the Sunday newspaper magazine. Two dozen men from various races and walks of life talk about their battlefield experiences here. All exhibit a marked modesty about receiving their medals, as they uniformly regard their fighting actions as unexceptional under fearsome, noisy, blood-spattered conditions. They emphasize instead the men who didn't survive--a high proportion of Medals of Honor have been conferred posthumously--while expressing mild incredulity at being singled out for distinction. Nevertheless, the do-or-die details Smith induces from his interlocutors convey a quality of bravery beyond, as the citations state, the call of duty--nobody stages a bayonet charge, as Lewis Millett did in Korea, just because he is ordered to. A visceral volume that will arrest readers of military affairs. Gilbert Taylor
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“A book of powerful convictions and human values.”
- Michael Pakenham, Baltimore Sun
“These recollections are the raw stuff of history. They also provide valuable insight into the military, war and courage under fire.”
- John Whiteclay Chambers II, Washington Post Book World
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I thought it couldn't get better than the Medic who wouldn't bear arms, yet saved over 100 men single handedly in WWII, then I read the stories of ordinary men and real foul ups, who showed moments of profound bravery in the frozen Chosin Reservoir in Korea. I read the story of the longest held prisoner of war in Vietnam, horribly tortured, and of his wife, who led the crusade to finally get the men released. This is just an awesome book. You owe it to yourself and to your children, to read about the kind of people who have upheld this country against those who would destroy us.
Great stories honoring our heroes - he just loves it!!