Men of Iron: A Tribute to Courage

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Men of Iron weaves together a combat medic's recollections of duty, survival, sacrifice and the unique camaraderie forged at frontlines of World War II. The narration encapsulates poignant vignettes from men who served with the highly-decorated 26th Infantry Regiment or the "Blue Spaders," illustrating their enduring creed and legacy - "No Mission Too Difficult, No Sacrifice Too Great- Duty First!"

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This is Richard A. Williams in the year 2004. November 27th to be precise. The process of remembering a past mixed of equal parts adversity and affection has been a gratifying challenge. I spent my early, carefree years in poverty, never realizing how richly I would be blessed. My father, Walter J. Williams, was a brick mason who gave himself unselfishly to his family. To him I dedicate this remembrance. He was a man who gave love freely but rarely received any himself. Fortunately for me, I have had a satisfying life and the privilege of experiencing extraordinary friends and paramours who taught me both how to give and receive love. I need to stress that this narrative is as much about the people who inhabit my memories as it is about my life. This is a story, one of many, about the people who lived in my era, in the time of economic depression, of Pearl Harbor, of the gas chambers, of the "Greatest Generation" coming to grips with civilian life after the shock of Omaha Beach, the horror of Hiroshima. Despite the dire times and carnage, or perhaps because of them, I found myself immersed in a selfless era. People were more thoughtful, more generous. Their sincere concern for their neighbors, for their friends, seemed to be a given: it was what you did because you recognized the shoes they were wearing and the mile they had just walked. Today, vicious self-interest pervades every nook and cranny of our nation and creates a tragedy of the commons-in the war room, in the boardroom, and in the bedroom. I want to acknowledge that this is about not just me, but my compatriots-co-patriots is probably more accurate-in that era. We did what we had to do, not just for our country, but for each other. It wasn't about power or politics, maneuvering or spin, arm twisting or lip service. It was about reaching out to the person next to you. May God grant the return of that spirit of patriotism. Soon. While living in Orlando a neighbor of mine John Steve

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