Over 1 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past four years, but fewer than 500 from this group have earned a Silver Star, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, or the Medal of Honor. Those who have been awarded these distinguished honors all demonstrated an extraordinary courage under fire in the worst of circumstances. These Americans come from all branches of the military. They also come from all over the country and all walks of life, representing the entire spectrum of races and creeds. But what unites them are their deeds of consummate bravery, beyond the call of duty. Heroes Among Us tells their extraordinary true stories of valor, honor, and sacrifice.
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Major Chuck Larson served for a year with the U.S. Army in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star. A former chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, Chuck is currently Iowa's state senator. Lloyd James has been narrating since 1996, has recorded over five hundred books in almost every genre, has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards, and is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. His bestselling and most critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley, Jr., Ben Hur by Lew Wallace, Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitskin, and Mystic Warrior by Tracy and Laura Hickman. Lloyd's background as a performer includes extensive work in classical theater and folk music. He lives in Maryland with his wife and children.From AudioFile:
These stories of combat and heroism recall incidents of gallantry, valor, and bravery in the face of death as displayed by members of the United States Armed Forces at war in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Among the incidents recalled: Five Kentucky National Guardsmen who, although outnumbered ten to one, routed their foe; the Special Forces defeat of the Taliban in the winter of 2001; and the story of the young Marine who gave his life to protect his buddies from a grenade. Lloyd James superbly performs these tales. With an understated delivery he credibly affects various regional accents, along with the pauses and mannerisms one would use in conversation. All this makes the entire production something that is very personal. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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