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
Author: John And Stacey Holley
Publisher: Navigator Pub.
Category: Biography & Autobiography
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.
Author: Larry Smith,H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Now abridged for young people, Flags of Our Fathers is the unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history: the raising of the U. S. flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America. In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima–and into history. The son of one of the flag raisers has written a powerful account of six very different men who came together in the heroic battle for the Pacific’s most crucial island.
Heroes of Iwo Jima
Author: James Bradley,Ron Powers
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
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.
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
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A collection of essays written in the year after September 11, 2001, includes the author's observations about the return of religious faith to New York City, the experiences of living in Manhattan, and the nation's efforts to rebuild.
Author: Peggy Noonan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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.
Slave Soldiers and the Wars of Independence in Spanish South America
Author: Peter Blanchard
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre
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.
Author: Nelson DeMille
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana
Publisher: Royal Ontario Museum
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.
Author: Evelyn Waugh
Publisher: New Canadian Library
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.
The Confederate Battle Flags at Gettysburg
Author: Richard Rollins
Publisher: Rank & File Pub
A cadre of SS generals seizes Nazi Germany from Hitler and places Himmler in power, as he immeditely concentrates all his forces against the West, laying the ground work for a vastly different Battle of the Bulge with even higher stakes for the Allies. Reprint.
Author: Douglas Niles,Michael Dobson
While Gideon struggles to save the family farm and Emily faces charges of spying, their friend Nat attempts to find his mother and sisters even as the Civil War rages in Virginia.
Author: Lee Roddy
Publisher: Bethany House Pub
Category: Juvenile Fiction
In The Unveiling of the National Icons, Albert Boime analyses the creation and reception of several American national monuments as a means of understanding the politics of memory and national icons. In engaging, 'behind the scenes' accounts of several highly visible symbols, such as the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore, among others, he demonstrates how these icons have been manipulated for patriotic purposes. Boime also shows how these monuments express individual and collective needs and how they are subject to contested readings, despite their origins in the creative imaginations of conservatives and privileged members of America. Examining these symbols as a group for the first time, this book is also the first serious investigation of visual artifacts that are too often taken for granted.
A Plea for Patriotic Iconoclasm in a Nationalist Era
Author: Albert Boime
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Beautiful Minds explains how and why apes and dolphins are so distantly related yet so cognitively alike and what this teaches us about another large-brained mammal: Homo sapiens. Noting that apes and dolphins have had no common ancestor in nearly 100 million years, Bearzi and Stanford describe the parallel evolution that gave rise to their intelligence.
Author: John M. COSKI
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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.
A Children's Picture Book about the Different Flags Around the World
Author: Melissa Ackerman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Includes descriptions, histories, and meanings of American flags from 1607 - 1916 ; histories, descriptions and meanings of flags of foreign nations from ancient times to 1916; and an explanation of flags and signaling flags in general, standards, banners, and symbols.
Author: Edward Singleton Holden
Containing the Names of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of All the Wars of Our Country who are Buried in the Cemeteries of Cook County, Or the Garden of the Dead, Together with the Military Record and Place of Burial of Each of Them as Completely as They Can be Ascertained ...
Author: Josiah Seymour Currey
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.
The Californians of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry
Author: Thomas E. Parson