American Heroes on the Homefront: The Hearts of Heroes
Oliver North, Bob Hamer
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes Proved, a moving collection of “straightforward, honest testimonials to the courage American troops display on and off the battlefield” (Kirkus Reviews).
For more than a dozen years, combat-decorated Marine Oliver North and his award-winning documentary team from FOX News Channel’s War Stories traveled to the frontlines of the War on Terror to profile the dedicated men and women who serve our nation. This time, he follows them from the battlefield to the homefront and finds extraordinary inspiration in their triumph over life-altering adversity.
In this new volume of his New York Times bestselling American Heroes series, North describes the courage, commitment, and strength of those who serve—and those who love them. The term “selfless devotion” may be a cliché to many—but not to the men and women on the pages of this book. Their stories resound with bravery, a warrior ethos, and spiritual strength that will encourage us all.
Heroes are people who knowingly place themselves at risk for the benefit of others. Since the terror attack of 9-11-01, more than 2 million young Americans have volunteered to serve in difficult and dangerous places. No military force in history has been asked to do more than those who have served and sacrificed in this long fight. They are American heroes. So too are their loved ones here at home. These are their stories.
Marine began to take notice of Lindsey, no longer a skinny freshman. She obviously knew Trey was a Marine when they began dating and despite warnings from her father, who had served in the Navy, she was falling in love. Within weeks of their first date, Trey left for his second deployment to Iraq and they began a long-distance romance, exchanging letters and the occasional phone call. Upon his return the relationship was in full bloom, though still somewhat distant with Lindsey in Las Vegas
trying to exercise that portion of his body it could still control. Waiting for the words “I love you” or “Hi, babe,” Lindsey remained by his side. Trey’s confused state persisted and the first thing he uttered after coming out of the coma was far from romantic, as he mumbled, “Soda.” The nurse brought him ginger ale, his favorite drink, but it was Shasta ginger ale. Trey muttered, “Canada Dry,” and when she informed him the hospital had only Shasta he replied out of the side of his mouth, “This
an eye or two when Commander Combs opened his mail. Dear Dad, How are you doing? I miss you like crazy! Have you saved a lot of people? I bet you are the best doctor there. Basketball is coming very quick. I can’t wait till NCAA basketball comes. Maybe the Hoosiers will go and win every single game. I will try to film the NCAA championship when Indiana makes it there. School is also going great. Mrs. Boone is the best teacher in fifth grade. I got straight A’s on my report card. It is not the
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