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Since 1861 when the U.S. Congress approved the concept of a Medal of Honor for combat valor, 3,457 individuals have received this highest military decoration that the nation can bestow. Nine of those have been Latter-day Saints. The military and personal stories of these LDS recipients are compelling, inspiring, and tragic. The men who appear in this book are tied by two common threads: the Medal of Honor and their Mormon heritage.
The purpose of this book is to highlight the valor of a special class of LDS servicemen who served and sacrificed “above and beyond the call of duty.” Four of these nine Mormons gave their “last full measure” for their country, never seeing the high award they richly deserved. All four branches of the service are represented: five were Army (one was a pilot with the Army Air Forces during WWII), two Navy, and one each of the Marine Corps and Air Force. Four were military professionals who made the service their careers; five were not career-minded; three died at an early age and never married. This book captures these harrowing historical narratives from personal accounts.
- Published: December 2011
- Pages: 430
About the Author
Col. Sherman L. Fleek currently is serving as command historian for the U.S. Army in Iraq. He has served as Director, Interpretation and Education, at Shenandoah Battlefields Foundation; Chief Historian, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C.; and managing editor for On Guard, official monthly publication of the National Guard Bureau. He is the author of numerous articles on Western history, and has two book-length manuscripts in preparation on the U.S. Army in the Civil War era.