Saints of Valor: Mormon Medal of Honor Recipients, Updated 2nd Edition.
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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 highest military decoration that the nation can bestow. Nine of those have been Latter-day Saints. The military and personal stories of these LDS recipients are compelling, inspiring, and tragic. The men who appear in this book are tied by two common threads: the Medal of Honor and their Mormon 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 full measure” for their country, never seeing 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. This book captures these harrowing historical narratives from personal accounts.
*This updated second edition includes the heroic stories of Vietnam veteran, Sergeant Sammy L. Davis, and 2013 recipient, Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha.
Praise for Saints of Valor:
“In this book about LDS recipients of our nation’s greatest honor—the Medal of Honor—Sherman Fleek has captured both the essence of their heroic deeds and the spirit that motivated them. I love the precision of his storytelling, the meticulous attention to detail, and the unblinking commitment to tell the story as it really happened. It is the work of both a great historian and a great writer.” — Jerry Borrowman, best-selling author of military biography and fiction
“Sherman Fleek brings to life the Saints who demonstrated absolutely extraordinary heroism, conspicuous gallantry and valor in action—true American heroes who were willing to do what was necessary, even if it meant laying down their lives for their friends.” — Lieutenant Colonel Marc “Dewey” Boberg, U. S. Army; Professor and Chair, Department of Military Science, Brigham Young University
“[T]his book is definitely worth reading. The true stories it shares are just that good.” — Kenneth L. Alford, The Journal of Mormon History, Vol. 42, No. 4
About the Author:
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.
On May 25, 2016, Fleek was awarded the Secretary of the Army Award for Valor, the U.S. Army's highest civilian decoration for bravery, in recognition of his subduing an armed robber at an IHOP the previous year. The Award Citation reads: For heroic achievement on 31 May 2015 Mr. Sherman L. Fleek was on leave visiting a restaurant when he witnessed an armed robbery in progress. Without hesitation, he tackled and fought a man robbing the cashier at gunpoint and forced the robber to flee. His actions, which saved the lives of countless patrons and employees, exemplify the Army values of duty, selfless service, and personal courage.
ISBN: 978-1-58958-528-7 (Paperback)