Medals, Flags and Memories

Author: John And Stacey Holley

Publisher: Navigator Pub.

ISBN: 9780983416821

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 182

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On November 15, 2005, John and Stacey Holley unwillingly became Gold Star Parents. Their son and only child, Matthew John Holley, was killed along with three other Soldiers when an IED exploded under their Humvee while on patrol in Iraq. Racked with grief over their son's death, John and Stacey's sorrow turned to outrage when they learned that Matthew's casket would return to San Diego's Lindbergh Field as common freight. There would be no honor guard to welcome this fallen hero back to the nation of his birth. Instead, Matthew Holley's remains would be transferred by forklifts and baggage handlers, like a crate of auto parts. Determined to welcome their son home with honors befitting his sacrifice, the Holleys embarked on a quest to challenge the law, and to begin a journey of healing that would touch the lives of Gold Star Families across the country. *Winner of Military Writers Society of America's prestigious Founder's Award
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Flags Of Our Fathers

Author: James Bradley,Ron Powers

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407052527

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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In this remarkably powerful book, James Bradley takes as his starting point one of the most famous photographs of all time. In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima and into a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire from 22,000 Japanese. After climbing through a hellish landscape and on to the island's highest peak, six men were photographed raising the stars and stripes. One of those soldiers was the author's father, John Bradley. He never spoke to his family about the photograph or about the war, but after his death in 1994, they discovered closed boxes of letters and photos which James Bradley draws on to retrace the lives of his father and his five companions. Following these men's paths to Iwo Jima, Bradley has written a classic story of the heroic battle for the Pacific's most crucial island - an island riddled with sixteen miles of tunnels and defended by Japanese soldiers determined to fight to the death. In the thirty-six days of fighting, almost fifty-thousand men lost their lives. Above all a human - and personal - story, few books have captured so brilliantly or so movingly the complexity of war and its aftermath and the true meaning of heroism.
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Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words

Author: Larry Smith,H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393325621

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 318

A stirring oral history of the nation's Medal of Honor winners interviews twenty-four men who earned the honor through extraordinary acts of valor on the battlefield. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
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Flags of Louisiana

Author: Frois, Jeanne

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

ISBN: 9781455604364


Page: N.A

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Under the Flags of Freedom

Slave Soldiers and the Wars of Independence in Spanish South America

Author: Peter Blanchard

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 9780822973423

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 855

During the wars for independence in Spanish South America (1808-1826), thousands of slaves enlisted under the promise of personal freedom and, in some cases, freedom for other family members. Blacks were recruited by opposing sides in these conflicts and their loyalties rested with whomever they believed would emerge victorious. The prospect of freedom was worth risking one's life for, and wars against Spain presented unprecedented opportunities to attain it. Much hedging over the slavery issue continued, however, even after the patriots came to power. The prospect of abolition threatened existing political, economic, and social structures, and the new leaders would not encroach upon what were still considered the property rights of powerful slave owners. The patriots attacked the institution of slavery in their rhetoric, yet maintained the status quo in the new nations. It was not until a generation later that slavery would be declared illegal in all of Spain's former mainland colonies. Through extensive archival research, Blanchard assembles an accessible, comprehensive, and broadly based study to investigate this issue from the perspectives of Royalists, patriots, and slaves. He examines the wartime political, ideological, and social dynamics that led to slave recruitment, and the subsequent repercussions in the immediate postindependence era. Under the Flags of Freedom sheds new light on the vital contribution of slaves to the wars for Latin American independence, which, up until now, has been largely ignored in the histories and collective memories of these nations.
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Bear Flag and Bay State in the Civil War

The Californians of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry

Author: Thomas E. Parson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786450602

Category: History

Page: 220

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The Second Massachusetts Cavalry included the only organized group (5 companies totaling 504 men) from California to fight in the east during the Civil War. Led by a young Boston aristocrat, Colonel Charles R. Lowell, these men began their wartime careers in Northern Virginia in 1862, clashing with the partisan rangers of Major John S. Mosby, in a deadly world of guerrilla warfare. In August of 1864, the regiment was assigned to Major General Phil Sheridan's Army of Shenandoah and served through all of the battles in the victorious campaign to clear the valley of Confederates, witnessing the final surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. This account tells what these men from California and Massachusetts accomplished, how they communicated, and how they viewed themselves. The book contains three appendices that list the battle casualties of the regiment during its largest engagements. Photographs and a bibliography are also included.
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The Quiet Hero

The Untold Medal of Honor Story of George E. Wahlen at the Battle for Iwo Jima

Author: Gary W. Toyn,Bob Dole,Orrin G. Hatch

Publisher: American Legacy Media

ISBN: 0979689635

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 8811

This powerful story documents the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of extraordinary Navy corpsman George Wahlen. The significance of his story lies in the historic context of the battle, the most deadly engagement of World War II for America.
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The Damned Red Flags of Rebellion

The Confederate Battle Flags at Gettysburg

Author: Richard Rollins

Publisher: Rank & File Pub

ISBN: 9781888967043

Category: History

Page: 302

View: 1795

A unique study that analyzes the most powerful symbol of the Civil War from the perspective of both sides. Includes 41 full-color photos of flags captured at Gettysburg.
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Put Out More Flags

Author: Evelyn Waugh

Publisher: New Canadian Library

ISBN: 0735253064

Category: Fiction

Page: 175

View: 7853

Waugh brings some of his best characters back for another romp. Against the backdrop of the Phoney War, Alistair Trumpington wants only the chance to fight for a worthy cause, but instead he finds himself stuck in a never-ending series of military maneuvers, getting him nowhere closer to any front. Meanwhile, the scoundrel Basil Seal sees the burgeoning war as an opportunity to help only himself. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.
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He Guards With Honor

Author: Dottie McComas

Publisher: Inspiring Voices

ISBN: 1462408141

Category: Fiction

Page: 194

View: 8761

They steadfastly guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, fire twenty-one gun salutes at funerals in Arlington National Cemetery, and proudly defend our nation’s capital. They are young men of stature, strength, endurance, patriotism, courage, and honor. They are men of the Old Guard, chosen for their good character, straight, tall posture, and physical abilities. The Honor Guard of the US Army is made up of young men who serve our nation, as all soldiers serve America. Their duty is to guard with honor. Dan, a young honor guardsman from Pennsylvania, falls in love at first sight when the girl of his dreams amazingly appears before him. Their eyes meet, and he is hopelessly entranced. Wendy, a college sophomore from Tennessee, visits Washington, DC, with her ROTC sponsor corps drill team to compete in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Competition Drill Meet. She unexpectedly finds true love right outside her motel room door. See Washington, DC, through the eyes of nineteen-year-old Wendy. Follow the routine of twenty-one-year-old Dan of the Old Guard as he honors fallen soldiers of the Vietnam War era and performs his duty as a soldier in the US Army. This is a wonderful love story and a historically accurate depiction of Washington, DC, and the Old Guard of Fort Myer, Virginia. It is springtime of 1973 in DC. Love is blooming along with the cherry blossoms ... the perfect setting for romance and young love.
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Word of Honor

Author: Nelson DeMille

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0759522561

Category: Fiction

Page: 752

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With nearly 50 million books sold worldwide, Nelson DeMille is "a true master." - Dan Brown He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But sixteen years ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam. There, in 1968, the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity-and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Not the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson. His family, his career, and his personal sense of honor hang in the balance. And only one woman can reveal the truth of his past -- and set him free.
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Texas flags

Author: N.A

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781603443692


Page: N.A

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Flags of Countries Around the World

A Children's Picture Book about the Different Flags Around the World

Author: Melissa Ackerman

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781537501444


Page: 208

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Do you know that the flag of Switzerland is square in shape and not rectangular? It is one of the only two square flags in the world, the other being the flag of Vatican City. And do you also know that the flag of Nepal is neither square nor rectangle? The national flag of Nepal is a combination of two triangle-shaped flags colored in crimson red and bordered by blue. The flags you see representing different countries are more than a piece of fabric. A flag is a country's national symbol. It represents their identity as a nation. The colors and designs on a flag have its cultural, political, historical, religious and regional significance. Many countries with a predominant Christian population would have a cross on their flags while Muslim countries would have a crescent moon on theirs. African countries like Benin, Republic of Congo, Mali and the others would have the green, yellow and red colors on their flags which are the colors of the Ethiopian flag. The use of the said colors signifies giving honor to Ethiopia the oldest independent country in Africa. The green, white, red, and black colors are Pan-Arab colors that are common on the flags of many Arab countries like Jordan, Libya, Sudan and others. More fascinating information and trivia about 196 flags of different countries around the world are featured in this book especially made for young learners.
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A Flag Worth Dying For

The Power and Politics of National Symbols

Author: Tim Marshall

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501168339

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 7052

First published in Great Britain in 2016 by Elliott and Thompson Limited as: Worth dying for: the power and politics of flags.
Posted in History

World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014

Author: Sarah Janssen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1600571832

Category: Reference

Page: 1008

View: 7985

Get thousands of facts right at your fingertips with this updated resource. The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 2014 edition of The World Almanac reviews the events of 2013 and will be your go-to source for any questions on any topic in the upcoming year. Praised as a “treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information” by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® contains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere. The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs—from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more.
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Why Are There Stripes on the American Flag?

Author: Martha E. H. Rustad

Publisher: Millbrook Press

ISBN: 1467765813

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 5246

Do you know why the US flag has stars and stripes on it? What does the flag stand for, and why do we say the Pledge of Allegiance? Join Mr. Gomez's class as they study the flag to find out! They'll learn when the first American flag was made, what the Pledge of Allegiance means, and why we still honor the flag today.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

Flags Over California

A History and Guide

Author: California. Military Department

Publisher: N.A


Category: California

Page: 27

View: 8747

Includes provisions from the California state Government Code and the United States code on proper handling and display of the California state and United States flags
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