Valor

Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front

Author: Mark Lee Greenblatt

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1589799534

Category: History

Page: 224

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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

Author: John Gwynne

Publisher: Orbit

ISBN: 0316399752

Category: Fiction

Page: 688

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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.

Road to Valor

A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

Author: Aili McConnon,Andres McConnon

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307590666

Category: History

Page: 336

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Road to Valor is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II. Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend: the man who not only won the Tour de France twice, but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories. During the ten years that separated his hard-won triumphs, his actions, both on and off the racecourse, ensured him a permanent place in Italian hearts and minds. In Road to Valor, Aili and Andres McConnon chronicle Bartali’s journey, starting in impoverished rural Tuscany where a scrawny, mischievous boy painstakingly saves his money to buy a bicycle and before long, is racking up wins throughout the country. At the age of 24, he stuns the world by winning the Tour de France and becomes an international sports icon. But Mussolini’s Fascists try to hijack his victory for propaganda purposes, derailing Bartali’s career, and as the Nazis occupy Italy, Bartali undertakes secret and dangerous activities to help those being targeted. He shelters a family of Jews in an apartment he financed with his cycling winnings and is able to smuggle counterfeit identity documents hidden in his bicycle past Fascist and Nazi checkpoints because the soldiers recognize him as a national hero in training. After the grueling wartime years, Bartali fights to rebuild his career as Italy emerges from the rubble. In 1948, the stakes are raised when midway through the Tour de France, an assassination attempt in Rome sparks nationwide political protests and riots. Despite numerous setbacks and a legendary snowstorm in the Alps, the chain-smoking, Chianti-loving, 34-year-old underdog comes back and wins the most difficult endurance competition on earth. Bartali’s inspiring performance helps unite his fractured homeland and restore pride and spirit to a country still reeling from war and despair. Set in Italy and France against the turbulent backdrop of an unforgiving sport and threatening politics, Road to Valor is the breathtaking account of one man’s unsung heroism and his resilience in the face of adversity. Based on nearly ten years of research in Italy, France, and Israel, including interviews with Bartali’s family, former teammates, a Holocaust survivor Bartali saved, and many others, Road to Valor is the first book ever written about Bartali in English and the only book written in any language to fully explore the scope of Bartali’s wartime work. An epic tale of courage, comeback, and redemption, it is the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century.

Key of Valor

Author: Nora Roberts

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780515136531

Category: Fiction

Page: 340

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In this conclusion to the Key trilogy, three women are united by destiny as Zoe, searching for the Key of Valor, unlocks the mysteries of the past to save her future. Original.

The Gift of Valor

A War Story

Author: Michael M. Phillips

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780767921589

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 425

The true story of US Marine Corporal Jason Dunham's brave act that saved fellow Marines and earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Corporal Dunham was on patrol near the Syrian border, on April 14, 2004, when a black-clad Iraqi leaped out of a car and grabbed him around his neck. Fighting hand-to-hand in the dirt, Dunham saw his attacker drop a grenade and made the instantaneous decision to place his own helmet over the explosive in the hope of containing the blast and protecting his men. When the smoke cleared, Dunham’s helmet was in shreds, and the corporal lay face down in his own blood. The Marines beside him were seriously wounded. Dunham was subsequently nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’ s highest award for military valor. Phillips’s minute-by-minute chronicle of the chaotic fighting that raged throughout the area and culminated in Dunham’s injury provides a grunt’s-eye view of war as it’s being fought today—fear, confusion, bravery, and suffering set against a brotherhood forged in combat. His account of Dunham’s eight-day journey home and of his parents’ heartrending reunion with their son powerfully illustrates the cold brutality of war and the fragile humanity of those who fight it. Dunham leaves an indelible mark upon all who know his story, from the doctors and nurses who treat him, to the readers of the original Wall Street Journal article that told of his singular act of valor.

The Heart of Valor

Author: Tanya Huff

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780756404819

Category: Fiction

Page: 418

View: 6362

Jumping at the chance to go to Crucible, the Marine Corps training planet, to work with Major Svensson, Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr finds herself caught in a desperate fight for survival when someone begins attacking the training scenarios. Reprint.

Valor

The Story of a Dog

Author: Hal Borland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Dogs

Page: 180

View: 6236


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

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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.

Stolen Valor

How the Vietnam Generation was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History

Author: Bernard Gary Burkett,Glenna Whitley

Publisher: Summit Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781565302846

Category: Homeless veterans

Page: 692

View: 3319

Military documents reveal decades of deceit about the Vietnam War and myths perpetuated by the mainstream media.

Uncommon Valor

The Recon Company that Earned Five Medals of Honor and Included America's Most Decorated Green Beret

Author: Stephen L. Moore

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 1682473120

Category: History

Page: 440

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Uncommon Valor is a look into the formation and operation of an advanced Special Forces recon company during the Vietnam War. Code-named the Studies and Observations Group, SOG was the most covert U.S. military unit in its time and contained only volunteers from such elite units as the Army’s Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and Air Force Air Commandos. SOG warriors operated in small teams, going behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia and along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, tasked with performing special reconnaissance, sabotaging North Vietnamese Army ammunition, attempting to rescue downed U.S. pilots and other black ops missions. During that time, Forward Operating Base-2’s (FOB-2's) recon company became the most highly decorated unit of the Vietnam War, with five of its men earning the Medal of Honor and eight earning the Distinguished Service Cross-America's second highest military award for valor. Purple Hearts were earned by SOG veterans at a pace unparalleled in American wars of the twentieth century, with casualties at times exceeding 100 percent. One, Bob Howard, was wounded on fourteen different occasions, received eight Purple Hearts, was written up after three different missions for the Medal of Honor, and emerged from Vietnam as the most highly decorated soldier since World War II's Audie Murphy.

Heart of Valor

Author: L.J. Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781442406148

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

View: 7838

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.

The Price of Valor

The Life of Audie Murphy, America's Most Decorated Hero of World War II

Author: David A. Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1621573842

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 7549

When he was seventeen years old, Audie Murphy falsified his birth records so he could enlist in the Army and help defeat the Nazis. When he was nineteen, he single-handedly turned back the German Army at the Battle of Colmar Pocket by climbing on top of a tank with a machine gun, a moment immortalized in the classic film To Hell and Back, starring Audie himself. In the first biography covering his entire life—including his severe PTSD and his tragic death at age 45—the unusual story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated hero of WWII, is brought to life for a new generation.

Valor

A Gathering of Eagles

Author: Jimmie Dean Coy

Publisher: Evergreen Press

ISBN: 9781581691115

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 303

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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.

Deeds of valor

how America's heroes won the medal of honor; personal reminiscences and records of officers and enlisted men who were awarded the congressional medal of honor for most conspicuous acts of bravery in battle. Combined with an abridged history of our country's wars

Author: Walter Frederick Beyer,Oscar Frederick Keydel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Decoration for Valor

Author: Joe Cassilly

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1618970607

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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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.

The Fallen

The Fallen 1; The Fallen 2; The Fallen 3

Author: Thomas E. Sniegoski

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442483814

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 1504

View: 3574

The first three volumes in the New York Times bestselling The Fallen series is available as an eBook boxed set. Join the ultimate quest for redemption. The son of a mortal and an angel, Aaron has been chosen to redeem the Fallen. But as war rages between Heaven and Hell, evil powers gain strength at every turn. Aaron must harness the incredible force within him if he’s going to save himself and the girl he loves—let alone the entire world. And Aaron is out to prove that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This eBook boxed set chronicles Aaron’s quest for redemption and includes The Fallen 1, The Fallen 2, and The Fallen 3.

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: 6686

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.

Valor in Vietnam

Chronicles of Honor, Courage, and Sacrifice: 1963-1977

Author: Allen B. Clark

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480406511

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 6369

Every war continues to dwell in the lives it touched, in the lives of those living through that time, and in those absorbed by its historical significance. The Vietnam War lives on—famously or infamously, depending on political points of view—but those who have “been there, done that” have a highly personalized window on their time of that history. Valor in Vietnam focuses on nineteen stories of Vietnam, stories of celebrated figures in the veteran community, compelling war narratives, vignettes of battles, and the emotional impact on the combatants. It is replete with leadership lessons and valuable insights that are just as applicable today as they were forty years ago. This is an anecdotal history of America’s war in Vietnam composed of firsthand narratives by Vietnam War veterans presented in chronological order. They are intense, emotional, and highly personal stories. Connecting each of them is a brief historical commentary of that period of the war, the geography of the story, and the contemporary strategy written by Lewis Sorley, West Point class of 1956, and author of A Better War and Westmoreland. With a foreword by Lt. Gen. Dave R. Palmer, US Army (Ret.), Valor in Vietnam presents an overview of the war through the eyes of participants in each branch of service and throughout the entire course of the war. Simply put, their stories serve to reflect the commitment, honor, and dedication with which America’s veterans performed their service.

Valor's Trial

Author: Tanya Huff

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780756404796

Category: Fiction

Page: 389

View: 7797

A veteran Confederation Marine gunnery sergeant, Torin Kerr is unexpectedly pulled from the battlefield and confined to an underground POW camp, where she must not only find a way to escape, but also overcome the compulsion--which has affected her fellow Marine prisoners--to give up and accept her fate.