Home of the Brave: Honoring the Unsung Heroes in the War on Terror

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Macmillan, May 29, 2007 - History - 320 pages
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They are nineteen of the most highly decorated soldiers, sailors, pilots, and marines in the United States military, yet most Americans don't even know their names. In this riveting, intimate account, former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and Wynton C. Hall tell stories of jaw-dropping heroism and hope in Iraq and Afghanistan. Included are the amazing stories of:
 
*Lieutenant Colonel Mark Mitchell, the Green Beret leader whose 15-man Special Forces team took 500 Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners, and posthumously repatriated the body of the first American to die in combat in the War on Terror, CIA agent Johnny "Mike" Spann.

*Army National Guard Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester, the first woman ever to be awarded the Silver Star for combat, whose sharp-shooting and bravery played an enormous role in fighting off over fifty Iraqi insurgents while her ten-person squad protected a convoy of supplies on the way to fellow soldiers.

*Sergeant Rafael Peralta, a Mexican immigrant, enlisted in the Marines the same day he received his green card. Wounded from enemy fire, Peralta used his body to smother the blast of an enemy grenade and gave his life so that his marine brothers could live.

These real-life heroes remind us of American history's most enduring lesson: Ours would not be the land of the free if it were not also the home of the brave.
 

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Contents

PREFACE The Best Among Us
13
Marine Captain Brian Chontosh
21
Army Sergeant First Class Javier Camacho
39
Marine Sergeant Marco Martinez
49
Air Force Master Sergeant William CalvinMarkham
67
Army Master Sergeant Patrick Quinn
77
Marine First Sergeant Justin LeHew
87
Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class Luis Fonseca
111
Air Force Staff Sergeant Stephen Achey
153
Marine Captain Brent Morel
165
Army Lieutenant Colonel Mark Mitchell
179
Army Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith
201
Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta
219
AFTERWORD Have the Mainstream Media Ignored
233
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
249
INDEX
263

Army Sergeant Micheaux Sanders
127
Army National Guard Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester
139

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About the author (2007)

CASPAR WEINBERGER was Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration from 1981-1987.  He passed away in 2006.       WYNTON C. HALL is an award-winning presidential scholar and speechwriter. He is the co-author, along with President Ronald Reagan's chief political strategist and pollster, Dick Wirthlin, of The Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me about Politics, Leadership, and Life.

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