Sherman L. Fleek
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.
Sherman is the author of Saints of Valor: Mormon Medal of Honor Recipients.