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America's Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil by Jim Willbanks

By Jim Willbanks

America's Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil conflict to Afghanistan can pay tribute to american citizens who've verified unusual valor within the face of serious possibility. The Medal of Honor recipients featured during this booklet all acted heroically to earn this hugely coveted award, lots of them via risking—or sacrificing—their lives to avoid wasting the lives of others. The tales of those individuals—chosen to mirror the huge variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, branches of provider, and conflicts of the recipients—will increase readers' figuring out and appreciation of the Medal of Honor and the prestigious americans who've got it.In addition to the gripping tales of those heroic americans, this distinctive encyclopedia contains an advent that chronicles the evolution within the award's importance. The Medal of Honor has replaced vastly over the past a hundred and fifty years, not just within the layout of the actual ornament itself, but in addition when it comes to the qualifying standards for the award's recipients.

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Henry Lawton. In that capacity, in May 1899, Captain Birkhimer accompanied Lawton’s elite scout force to reconnoiter and sketch enemy positions. On May 16, Birkhimer and 18 scouts were investigating the defenses of San Miguel de Mayumo. They discovered 300 Filipino troops in the defensive position. A dozen scouts, including Birkhimer, charged across 150 yards of open ground and flanked the enemy position. The enemy then retreated across a bridge into the town, closely followed by Birkhimer and the scouts.

He and his wife, Lois, had four children. Bleak refused to use his status as a war hero to get jobs. Instead, he worked at a number of professions, eventually becoming a janitor at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. Bleak worked his way up to chief hot cell technician, disposing of radioactive fuel rods. He retired in the mid-1990s. He died on March 23, 2006, in Arco, Idaho, of emphysema, Parkinson’s disease, and complications from a broken hip. Although David Bleak remained humble about his achievements, others remembered what he had done.

For more than 20 years following the Civil War, all action on brevet promotions was stalled by restrictive statutes enacted by Congress in 1869 in reaction to the wholesale distribution of such promotions during the Civil War. On February 27, 1890, Congress finally passed a new law specifically authorizing the president to confer brevet promotions for gallant service during the Indian Campaigns. Even then, it was more than four years before President Grover Cleveland sent to Congress the consolidated list of the brevet nominations since 1869.

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