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By Jim Willbanks

America's Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil warfare to Afghanistan can pay tribute to american citizens who've proven unusual valor within the face of significant chance. The Medal of Honor recipients featured during this publication all acted heroically to earn this hugely coveted award, lots of them by way of risking—or sacrificing—their lives to save lots of the lives of others. The tales of those individuals—chosen to mirror the broad range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, branches of carrier, and conflicts of the recipients—will develop readers' realizing and appreciation of the Medal of Honor and the celebrated american citizens who've obtained it.In addition to the gripping tales of those heroic american citizens, this designated encyclopedia contains an creation that chronicles the evolution within the award's value. The Medal of Honor has replaced vastly during the last a hundred and fifty years, not just within the layout of the actual ornament itself, but additionally when it comes to the qualifying standards for the award's recipients.

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Hanna, Charles W. African American Recipients of the Medal of Honor: A Biographical Dictionary. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2002. Bleak, David B. Born: February 27, 1932 Died: March 23, 2006 Home State: Idaho Service: Army Conflict: Korean War Age at Time of Award: 20 David B. Bleak was born on February 27, 1932, in the high farm country of eastern Idaho. He grew up to be a mountain of a man—six foot, five inches tall and 250 pounds. Bleak dropped out of high school and worked for a time in ranching and farming but enlisted in the US Army on November 1, 1950, wanting to see the world.

In late 1941, Boyington volunteered for service with Col. Claire Chennault’s American Volunteer Group (the Flying Tigers) in China. 27 28 | Brady, Patrick Henry Flying in defense of Burma and later in China during the spring of 1942, Boyington was credited with two aerial victories, although he maintained he had downed six Japanese aircraft. Transferred to the South Pacific in early 1943, he was promoted to major and ordered to form a new squadron to take the place of the refitting VMF-214 unit.

We know nothing of Robert Blake’s post–Civil War life or his burial place, but his service represents the important contribution that African Americans made to the Union war effort. Gregory S. Hospodor Bleak, David B. | Further Reading Beyer, W. , and O. F. Keydel, eds. Deeds of Valor: How America’s Heroes Won the Medal of Honor. Vol. 2. Detroit, MI: The Perrien-Keydel Company, 1906. Hanna, Charles W. African American Recipients of the Medal of Honor: A Biographical Dictionary. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2002.

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