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YESTERDAYS HEROES: 433 Men of World War II Awarded the Medal of Honor 1941-1945

YESTERDAYS HEROES: 433 Men of World War II Awarded the Medal of Honor 1941-1945
Autor: KENNETH N JORDAN
Data publikacji: 2004-09
ISBN: 9780764300615
Wydawca: Schiffer Publishing
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 23.1 x 16.5 x 5.3 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 644
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YESTERDAY'S HEROES contains all 433 Medal of Honor citations such as this excert: ...Although machinegun bullets kicked up the dirt at his heels, and 88mm shels exploded within 30 yards of him, Pfc. Dutko nevertheless made his way to a point within 30 yards of the first enemy machinegun and killed both gunners with a handgrenade. Although the second machinegun wounded him, knocking him to the ground, Pfc. Dutko regained his feet and advanced on th 88-mm gun, firing his Browning automatic from the hip. When he came within 10 yards of this weapon he killed its 5-man crew with 1 long burst of fire. Wheeling on the machinegun which had wounded him, Pfc. Dutko killed the gunner and his assistant. The third German machine gun fired on Pfc. Dutko from a position 20 yards distant wounding him a second time as he proceeded toward the enemy weapon in a halr run. Along with the citations are Official Communiques from the front, and newspaper accounts of various battles. Yesterday's Heroes is a dramatic look at the courage of the American soldier in World War II. Kenneth Jordan is also the author of Heroes of Our Time: 239 Men of the Vietnam War Awarded the Medal of Honor 1964-1972, and Forgotten Heroes: 131 Men of the Korean War Awarded the Medal of Honor 1950-1953 (both titles are available from Schiffer Publishing Ltd.).

This is a compilation of the official citations for Medal of Honor recipients of World War II - for each, a short paragraph on the deed which led to the award.
My cousin, Arthur O. Beyer, is one of them (his mother was a Rachut).
A typical enlisted recipient (most of them were enlisted men) was 19 or 20 years old and threw himself onto a grenade. A typical general received the medal for planning a successful campaign.
Each of America's wars has a separate volume in this series of MOH awardees.



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