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Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and the Six Warriors Who Earned It in Afghanistan and Iraq Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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“Uncommon Valor is truly the best book on military matters that I have read this year. . . . Of all the books that we have honored over the years with our Founder's Award (this one had no competition) this was and is the best of the best!” ―Bill McDonald, Military Writers Society of America founder --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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What makes a person deliberately fall on a grenade, charge into a line of fire, sacrifice his life to save another? The six brave men listed above, all posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, aren't here to explain their actions. All we can do is guess why they did what they did. In Uncommon Valor, authors Dwight Jon Zimmerman and John D. Gresham attempt to answer these haunting questions.
The book delves into the history of the medal itself, but for me, the wife of a former fighter pilot and now mother of an Army 1st Lieutenant, my favorite chapters were the ones that explored each man's past. I learned about their childhoods, their families, and their lives before they chose to enter the military. Throughout the book, I was reminded of a line from The Soldier's Creed: "I am a warrior and a member of a team." Each man put his comrades first.
This book will change you. Reading Uncommon Valor will make you want to become a better person. A better citizen. A better steward of this great land we call America.
I highly recommend this book.
Kathleen M. Rodgers ~ author of JOHNNIE COME LATELY forthcoming from Coffeetown Press 2/1/15.