Camel Red

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iUniverse, May 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 212 pages
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"What a story - and what a profile in courage! At a time when American men and women are once again fighting and dying on foreign battlefields, "Camel Red is a not so gentle reminder that we owe much to the Larry Herons of this country - a man who not only fought for us but who refused when he came home to let his battle wounds and disabilities stop him from contributing so much to his community and state and country."
--Michael Dukakis, Former Governor of Massachusetts

"Camel Red rekindled the impact of the day at Valley Forge Army Hospital when I recognized a man I had known since high school days as a respected competitor on the playing field. It captures the essence of what this most courageous patient experienced, his pain, suffering, and resiliency. It shows how against all odds this battlefield hero managed not only to survive, but to go on to lead an exemplary life."
--Dr. Joseph E. Murray, 1990 Recipient of the Noble Prize in Medicine

"Camel Red was captivating and engrossing, next to impossible to put down. It's the wonderful story of two great people to whom this country owes so very much."
--Stuart Nelson, Communications Coordinator of the Blinded Veterans Association

"Reading Heron's story reawakened memories of a host of severely wounded brave men and the great satisfaction our surgical teams derived from returning them to a useful life. It is a great American story of survival."
--Dr. Bradford Cannon, Chief of Plastic Surgery, Valley Forge General Hospital

 

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Contents

A Death Wish
1
Where It All Began
4
The Winds of War
12
Six Months at Rucker
19
He Marches to a Different Drummer
25
Finding Time to Wed
33
Utah Beach
44
The Suicide Mission
53
A Not So Merry Christmas
108
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
112
The Lawrence J Heron Post
122
Avon Old Farms Convalescent Hospital
132
Life Without Light
144
Family Life
155
Changes in Attitude
161
Depression
166

The Direful Prediction
55
The Painful Truth
64
Handshake with Death
70
Black 4th of July
76
Theres No Going Back
88
The True Test of Love
92
The Doctors at Valley Forge General Hospital
99
The Slide Continues
174
Fr Connors Last Farewell
182
Died on the 4 th of July
187
EPILOGUE
195
BIBLIOGRAPHY
197
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