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Many of the HERO STORIES, history, citations and other information detailed in this website are, at least for now, available in PRINT or DIGITAL format from AMAZON.COM. The below comprise the nearly 4-dozen  "Home Of Heroes" books currently available.

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Medal of Honor Books

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This series of books contains the citations for ALL Medals of Honor awarded to that branch of service, with brief biographical data and photos of many of the recipients. Some of them also include citations for other awards, analysis of awards, data tables and analysis and more. These are LARGE volumes, each 8 1/2" x 11" and more than 500 pages each. Click on a book to find it on Amazon.com where you can find more details on what is contained in each book, as well as to get a free preview. Each volume is $24.95.

Heroes in the War on Terrorism

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NAVY    -  MARINES   -  AIR FORCE   - ARMY O.E.F.  - ARMY O.I.F.

These books contain the citations for nearly all of the awards of the Silve Star and higher to members of each branch of service in the War on Terrorism. Books include photos of most recipients, some biographical data, analysis of awards by rank, unit, date, and more.

ENCYCLOPEDIA of AMERICAN MILITARY HEROES

With the 5 Medal of Honor volumes above, these compilations comprise a virtual 28-volume ENCYCLOPEDIA of decorated American heroes(15,000 pages)  with award citations, history, tables & analysis, and detailed indexes of ACEs, FLAG OFFICERS, and more. (Click on any book to see it in Amazon.com - $24.95 Each Volume)

United States Army Heroes

Distinguished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Medals
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United States Navy Heroes

Navy Cross Silver Star Navy Corpsmen
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United States Marine Corps Heroes

Navy Cross Silver Star
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WINGS OF VALOR
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The Defining Generation
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Erwin Russell Bleckley

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Buried at A.B.M.C. Meuse-Argonne
  F-25-33  

Born: December 30, 1894 at Wichita, KS

Entered Service in the US Army Air Service from Wichita, KS

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism October 06, 1918 in the Air near Binarville, France

Died:  October 06, 1918 at the age of 23

Second Lieutenant Russell Bleckley was the observer in a DH-4 aircraft piloted by First Lieutenant Harold Goettler of the 50th Aero Squadron. On October 6, 1918 near Binarville, France, Lieutenants Bleckley and Goettler were on their second trip to drop supplies to a surrounded battalion in the Argonne Forest. Subject on the first trip to violent enemy fire, they attempted now to fly still lower in order to deliver the supplies even more precisely. The plane was brought down by enemy ground fire, resulting in fatal wounds to Lieutenant Bleckley who died before he could be taken to a hospital. Pilot Harold Goettler also was killed in the crash. In the course of this mission, Lieutenant Bleckley showed the highest possible devotion to duty, courage, and valor.
(NOTES: Lieutenant Goettler also received the Medal of Honor in this action, a heroic attempt to provide critical supplies to Major Charles Whittlesey and the men of the famed "Lost Battalion" of World War I.)

 

 

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