Dwight Zimmerman and John Gresham were the guest lecturers on 3 March as they discussed their recent book Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and the Six Warriors Who Earned it in Afghanistan and Iraq. During the war in Vietnam, there were 246 Medals of Honor awarded, 154 were awarded posthumously. Since that time, and prior to the publication of this book in 2010, there have been only eight men who earned this honor for their actions deemed “above and beyond the call of duty.” All of these medals were awarded posthumously, two in Modgdishu, Somalia, in 1993 and the remaining six during the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The book gives a short, detailed description of each of the six, the circumstances they found themselves in, and why they responded as they did to the situation. To read only about the individuals is a worthwhile endeavor for all.
|Authors, Dwight Zimmerman (l.) and John Gresham (r.) |
with Army Major Michael Baka
Upcoming Eight Bells Lectures include:
10 March: Maritime Power and the Law of the Sea: Expeditionary Operations in World Politics by CDR James Kraska
29 March: The Great Wall at Sea: China’s Navy in the Twenty-first Century by Bernard "Bud" Cole
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