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Medal of honor : profiles of America's military heroes from the Civil War to the present
Mikaelian, Allen.
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First edition.
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New York : Hyperion, [2002]

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xxviii, 300 pages ; 25 cm
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The Congressional Medal of Honor is Americas highest military award. In this remarkable work, the first of its kind, acclaimed 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace looks at the lives of the recipients of the medal and explores what it is that drove them to go so far above and beyond the call of duty. Wallace examines not only their extraordinary feats in battle (plunging into heavy fire, throwing themselves on live grenades, attacking enemy regiments single-handed), but also their lives before and after. Throughout the book, and particularly in his moving introduction, he meditates on the meaning of courage and shows what we can learn from the lives of those who perform amazing acts of selflessness and bravery.

Author Notes

Mike Wallace, May 9, 1918 - Mike Wallace was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 9, 1918. He attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts. After graduating college, Wallace became a newscaster announcer and continuity writer for the local radio station, Wood Wash, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1939 to 1940. In 1940, he joined WXYZ Radio in Detroit Michigan for a year as a newscaster, narrator and announcer on such shows as The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet.

He then became a freelance radio worker in Chicago, Illinois, as an announcer for the soap opera Road of Life, from 1941 to 1942, as well as Ma Perkins, and The Guiding Light. He acted in The Crime Files of Flamon, was a news radio announcer for the Chicago Sun's Air Edition from 1941 to 1943. In 1943, Wallace joined the U.S. Navy for three years until 1946. From 1946 till 48 he announced radio programs such as Curtain Time, Fact or Fiction, and Sky King. He was the host of Mike and Buff with his wife, in New York City, from 1950 to 1953, and the host of various television and radio shows as well as narrator of various documentaries from 1951 to 1959

Wallace starred in the Broadway comedy Reclining Figure, in 1954. He joined the organized news department for DuMont's WABD-TV in 1955, became an anchor in newscasts and a host for various interview shows from 1956 to 1963. Wallace has been a CBS News staff correspondent since 1963 and the co-editor and co-host of 60 Minutes since 1968.

He is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, of which he was the executive vice-president from 1960 to 1961. He has received 18 Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards in both 1963 and 1971, the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award in 1971 and 1983.

Wallace has written books about his experiences in interviewing some of the most famous people in the world as well as his own life experiences, such as, "Mike Wallace Asks: Highlights from 46 Controversial Interviews, "A Mike Wallace Interview with William O. Douglas, "Close Encounters," with Gary Paul Gates, "60 Minutes Into the 21st Century!" and "5 Badfellas: In a Lifetime of Interviewing, It's Not the Heads of State You Remember But the Guys Named 'Lunchy.'"

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The Congressional Medal of Honor, established during the Civil War, pays tribute to a person who has "distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." Washington Literacy Council board member Mikaelian spotlights 11 of the 3,456 soldiers who have received this legendary honor, while 60 Minutes' Wallace supplies historical context with his introduction and brief, general commentaries on various U.S. wars. The book's lively vignettes not only describe the battles faced by the men (and one woman), but also trace the ways the Medal affected their later lives. The book profiles Hiroshi Miyamura, a Korean War marine who fought back Chinese soldiers when he and fellow troops were isolated in a mountain pass on the Chinese-Korean border; as well as Dwight Johnson, a celebrated Vietnam vet deeply conflicted about his role in the war and especially about his recruitment of fellow young black men into the armed services. The practice of Mary Edwards Walker, a Civil War doctor who is the only woman to have won the Medal, fell into controversy after the war, leading the government to revoke her Medal toward the end of her life when she was an isolated eccentric and, literally, a sideshow curiosity. This absorbing set of accounts should appeal to military history enthusiasts and anyone interested in the heroic exploits of ordinary Americans. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
The Story of the Medal of Honorp. xvii
Chapter 1 Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Civil Warp. 1
Chapter 2 Leopold Karpeles, Civil Warp. 19
A Nation of Immigrantsp. 41
Chapter 3 Edouard Victor Michel Izac, World War Ip. 45
Chapter 4 Samuel Woodfill, World War Ip. 75
Return to Isolationismp. 106
Chapter 5 David M. Shoup, World War IIp. 109
Chapter 6 Maynard H. Smith: World War IIp. 135
Chapter 7 Vernon Baker, World War IIp. 162
Uneasy Peacep. 189
Chapter 8 Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura, Korean Warp. 193
Chapter 9 William Charette, Korean Warp. 219
From the Forgotten War To the Living-Room Warp. 238
Chapter 10 Dwight Johnson, Vietnam Warp. 241
Chapter 11 Thomas Kelley, Vietnam Warp. 256
Afterwordp. 273
Notesp. 281
Acknowledgmentsp. 299