Saints of Valor: Mormon Medal of Honor Recipients

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Since 1861 when the US Congress approved the concept of a Medal of Honor for combat valor, 3,457 individuals have received this award, highest military decoration the nation can bestow: nine have been Latter-day Saints. The military and personal stories of these LDS recipients are compelling, inspiring and also tragic. The men who appear in this book are tied by two common threads: the Medal of Honor and their LDS heritage. The purpose of this book is to highlight the valor of a special class of LDS servicemen who served and sacrificed “above and beyond the call of duty”. Four of these nine Mormons gave their “last for measure” for their country and flag and never saw the high award they richly deserved. All four branches of the service are represented: five were Army (one was a pilot with the Army Air Forces during WWII), two Navy, and one each of the Marine Corps and Air Force. Four were military professionals who made the service their careers; five were not career-minded; three died at an early age and never married or had a family. This book captures these harrowing historical narratives from personal accounts

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Sherman L. Fleek is a retired US Army lieutenant colonel and serves as the Command Historian at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He has several books and dozens of articles published on military, frontier army, Civil War, Mexican War, and Mormon military history including two historical novels based on the Mormon Battalion and the Army of the West. He previously served as command historian for Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C, and his last assignment on active duty was Chief Historian, National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia. His son, Hyrum H. Fleek, is a budding graphic artist who designed the awards and decorations for this book and also most of the maps.

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