Valor

Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front

Author: Mark Lee Greenblatt

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1589799534

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 5640

Valor features the thrilling stories that are the fruit of Mark Lee Greenblatt’s interviews with brave American servicemen from twenty-first-century wars. These soldiers, sailors, and Marines have risked their lives several times over for their country as well as for their fellow troops and civilians. Still, until now, their stories have largely gone unnoticed by the public, perhaps lost in the frenzied and often nasty debate surrounding those conflicts. As the author writes, “This generation does not have an Audie Murphy. I set out to change that with this book.” Detailing incredible and evocative feats—including an Army pilot who rescued two fellow pilots from a deadly crash in hostile territory and strapped himself to the helicopter’s exterior for the flight to the hospital—Greenblatt provides glimpses into the minds of these men as they face gut-wrenching decisions and overcome enormous odds. However, this book is much more than tales of riveting action. Each chapter goes beyond linear combat stories to explore each hero’s motivations, dreams, and the genuine emotions that were evoked in the face of extreme danger. Readers will be transported to a variety of settings—from close-quarters urban fighting in Iraq to mountainside ambushes in rural Afghanistan to a midnight rescue in the middle of the Atlantic—as they accompany the men who do not see themselves as heroes but as patriots in the line of duty.

Valor

A Gathering of Eagles

Author: Jimmie Dean Coy

Publisher: Evergreen Press

ISBN: 9781581691115

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 303

View: 4853

VALOR-A Gathering of Eagles presents the heroic exploits of 117 recipients of the Medal of Honor. It also reveals their thoughts on leadership, courage, and success. It includes each man's official citation and photograph along with their hard-won wisdom. Book jacket.

Valor

The Story of a Dog

Author: Hal Borland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Dogs

Page: 180

View: 3377


Road to Valour

Gino Bartali – Tour de France Legend and World War Two Hero

Author: Aili McConnon,Andres McConnon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297864459

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 5459

An Italian SCHINDLER'S LIST, this is the inspirational story of Gino Bartali, who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian Resistance during the Second World War. ROAD TO VALOUR is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and still holds the record for the longest gap between victories. Yet it was his actions during the Second World War, when he secretly aided the Resistance, rather than his remarkable exploits on a bike, that truly cemented his place in the hearts and minds of the Italian people. Based on nearly ten years of research, and including fascinating new interviews, this is the only book written that fully explores the scope of Bartali's wartime work. A breathtaking account of one man's unsung heroism and his resilience in the face of adversity, this is an epic tale of courage, comeback and redemption, and the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century.

Days of Valor

An Inside Account of the Bloodiest Six Months of the Vietnam War

Author: Robert Tonsetic

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 1612000347

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 8398

A nonstop maelstrom of combat action, leaving the reader nearly breathless by the end. The human courage and carnage described in these pages resonates through the centuries, from Borodino to the Bulge, but the focus here is on the Vietnam War, and a unique unit formed to take part at its height. The 199th Light Infantry Brigade was created from three U.S. infantry battalions of long lineage, as a fast reaction force for the U.S. to place in Indochina. As the book begins, in December 1967, the brigade has been in Vietnam for a year, and many of its battered 12-month men are returning home. This is timely, as the Communists seem to be in a lull, and the brigade commander, in order to whet his new soldiers to combat, requests a transfer to a more active sector, just above Saigon. Through January the battalions scour the sector, finding increasing enemy strength, NVA personel now mixed within Viet Cong units. But the enemy is lying low, and a truce has even been declared for the Vietnamese New Year, the holiday called Tet. On January 30, 1968, the storm breaks loose, as Saigon and nearly every provincial capital in the country is overrun by VC and NVA, bursting in unexpected strength from their base camps. In these battles we learn the most intimate details of combat, as the Communists fight with rockets, mortars, Chinese claymores, mines, machine guns and AK-47s. The battles evolve into an enemy favoring the cloak of night, the jungle—both urban and natural—and subterranean fortifications, against U.S. forces favoring direct confrontational battle supported by air and artillery. When the lines are only 25 yards apart, however, there is little way to distinguish between the firepower or courage of the assailants and the defenders, or even who is who at any given moment, as both sides have the other in direct sight. Many of the vividly described figures in this book do not make it to the end. The narrative is jarring, because even though the author was a company commander during these battles, he has based this work upon objective research including countless interviews with other soldiers of the 199th LIB. The result is that everything we once heard about Vietnam is laid bare in this book through actual experience, as U.S. troops go head-to-head at close-range against their counterparts, perhaps the most stubborn foe in our history. Days of Valor covers the height of the Vietnam War, from the nervous period just before Tet, through the defeat of that offensive, to the highly underwritten yet equally bloody NVA counteroffensive launched in May 1968. The book ends with a brief note about the 199th LIB being deactivated in spring 1970, furling its colors after suffering 753 dead and some 5,000 wounded. The brigade had only been a temporary creation, designed for one purpose. Though its heroism is now a matter of history, it should remain a source of pride for all Americans. This fascinating book will help to remind us.

Valor

Author: John Gwynne

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316399752

Category: Fiction

Page: 688

View: 5507

War has erupted in the Banished Lands as the race for power intensifies. Corban flees his homeland searching for peace, but he soon discovers that there is no haven in the west as the agents of Rhin and roaming bands of giants hound his every step. Veradis leaves the battleground and rushes to his King's side. But he has witnessed both combat and betrayal and his duty weighs heavily upon him. Maquin seeks only revenge, but pirate slavers and the brutal world of pit-fighting stand in his way. Nathair becomes embroiled in the wars of the west as Queen Rhin marches against King Owain. The need to find the cauldron of the giants drives him on. Sides are chosen and oaths will be fulfilled or broken in a land where hell has broken loose.

Decoration for Valor

Author: Joe Cassilly

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1618970607

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 6354

Set during the turmoil of the Vietnam War, Jake, a twenty year old Army Ranger returns from the battlefield with a crippling spinal injury. At Walter Reed Hospital, his self-doubt and dread of his physical limitations are put into perspective by the veterans he meets and his courageous determination to live. His nurse has also returned from her tour of duty in Vietnam. The emotional scars from war have altered her return to the life she once had and the husband she thought she knew, she finds this patient can help her. While healing his life with spirit and humor, Jake has to evaluate his feelings about the war when he meets a 21 year-old student nurse who has made a commitment to serve in Vietnam. Her friends discourage her, citing their aversions to the War. These three lives intersect, generating new strength and hope to meet their life's challenges.

Valor

The American Odyssey of Roy Dominguez

Author: Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez,James B. Lane,Evan Bayh

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 025300232X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 271

View: 4603

The son of Hispanic immigrants, Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez grew up in gang-plagued Gary, Indiana. With strong family support, he managed to beat the odds, graduating with distinction from Indiana University, finishing law school after a rough start, and maturing into a successful attorney and officeholder. Yet there was more in store for Roy. Ready to start a family and embark on a career as a deputy prosecutor, he was stricken with Guillain-Barré syndrome. How he coped with and eventually overcame this debilitating affliction is a compelling part of his story. The experience steeled him to meet future crises with wisdom, perspective, and grit. An inspiring true story, Valor is also a significant and original contribution to the social, ethnic, and political history of Indiana.

Woman of Valor

Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America

Author: Ellen Chesler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416553694

Category: Social Science

Page: 672

View: 5268

Ellen Chesler's 1992 biography of Margaret Sanger is acclaimed as definitive and is widely used and cited by scholars and activists alike in the fields of women's health and reproductive rights. Chesler's substantive new Afterword considers how Sanger's life and work hold up in light of subsequent developments, such as U.S. Supreme Court cases challenging the constitutional doctrine of privacy and international definitions of reproductive health as an essential human right.

Beyond Valor

Author: Lindsay McKenna

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 0373278098

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 2849

"Luke Collier knows his duty. A marine corps combat medic, his job is to save lives--not satisfy his own desires. Megan Trayhern is his corpsman, but the beautiful redhead can't be anything more. Megan has her own mission. While she doles out medical care in the nearby village, she's also gathering intel. ... She needs to focus--and be careful--and the growing passion she feels for Luke can only put them both at risk. Honor binds them both, but the heart gives its own orders"--P. [4] of cover.

Heart of Valor

Author: L.J. Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781442406148

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

View: 2077

When an earthquake shakes California, Alys, Janie, Charles and Claudia suspect it isn’t just a typical earthquake. A year and a half after their journey into the Wildworld, they believe that the Passage between their world, the Stillworld, and that parallel universe of legend and danger may no longer be stable. With their parents overseas and the great sorceress Morgana Shee traveling north to find the epicenter of the quake, the siblings are left on their own. But peril lurks around every corner. A magical attack sends the Hodges-Bradley kids’ on a journey that will test all of their skills, including Janie’s sorcery and Claudia’s ability to communicate with animals. Morgana’s archrival, Thia Pendriel, is waiting. With Heart of Valor, the Forgotten Gem she has stolen, Thia’s power is almost limitless—and she is ready to spring her trap.

Black Valor

Buffalo Soldiers and the Medal of Honor, 1870-1898

Author: Frank N. Schubert

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442201934

Category: History

Page: 231

View: 4528

They were U.S. Army soldiers. Just a few years earlier, some had been slaves. Several thousand African Americans served as soldiers in the Indian Wars and in the Cuban campaign of the Spanish-American War in the latter part of the nineteenth century. They were known as buffalo soldiers, believed to have been named by Indians who had seen a similarity between the coarse hair and dark skin of the soldiers and the coats of the buffalo. Twenty-three of these men won the nation's highest award for personal bravery, the Medal of Honor. Black Valor brings the lives of these soldiers into sharp focus. Their remarkable stories are told in the collected biography. Derived from extensive historical research, Black Valor will enrich and inspire students with its tales of trials and courage.

Woman of Valor

Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America

Author: Ellen Chesler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416553694

Category: Social Science

Page: 672

View: 2916

Ellen Chesler's 1992 biography of Margaret Sanger is acclaimed as definitive and is widely used and cited by scholars and activists alike in the fields of women's health and reproductive rights. Chesler's substantive new Afterword considers how Sanger's life and work hold up in light of subsequent developments, such as U.S. Supreme Court cases challenging the constitutional doctrine of privacy and international definitions of reproductive health as an essential human right.

Deeds of valor

from records in the archives of the United States government; how American heroes won the Medal of Honor; history of our recent wars and explorations, from personal reminiscences and records of officers and enlisted men who were rewarded by Congress for most conspicuous acts of bravery on the battle-field, on the high seas and in Arctic explorations

Author: Walter F. Beyer,Oscar Frederick Keydel,Henry Martin Duffield

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Badge of Valor

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Author: Brent K. Ashabranner

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 9780761315223

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 1693

Describes the planning and creation of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and profiles some of those police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Martial Valor from Beowulf to Vietnam

Author: Alfredo Bonadeo

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1449009875

Category: History

Page: 252

View: 3389

What is true valor and how do grief, survival and battle fatigue affect soldiers? Literature and history show that valor?s purpose is often less than daring, generous and noble. Through examples in literature and the impact of real combat, the author shows how it can change to personal pride, a badge of distinction, and a means to reputation; it has sparked fear of cowardice and generated degradation to overcome it; it has prodded soldiers to kill for killing's sake.

Valor

Author: K. Lache'

Publisher: Torquere Press, LLC

ISBN: 194444985X

Category: Fiction

Page: 337

View: 3213

It takes valor to support and love those who need it the most and never expected to receive it. For Rivet Scalzo, returning to his childhood home after a decade was not on his list of places to go while recuperating. After nearly being blown up on a mission, Rivet is forced to deal with his PTSD and sudden deafness without help from Vigilance, the secret governmental agency he works for. He resigned himself to a lonely recovery, but, perhaps by chance, he met Blare Chaplynn, a model whose caring nature helps ease the horror of Rivet’s home life. As they grow closer, Rivet is burdened by the secrets he can’t share with the one man he grows to love. If Blare knew a mild concussion was all he needed to meet the man of his dreams, he would have gladly accepted it long ago. He knew there was something special about Rivet when he first saw him at the park, but never guessed this man of mystery would be hiding so many secrets. Blare is forced to confront the fact that Rivet may never tell him everything, but is trust the reason Rivet is so close-lipped or is it something more?