For the first time the personal stories of veterans of America's wars are told in their own words. Brave men and women who fought, suffered and in many cases died in defense of the United States and its citizens, share their dauntless experiences so that the American citizen can understand the depth of their courageous acts.
Throughout history the United States of America has been blessed with brave men and women who perform heroic deeds in time of need. Many – even most of those valiant warriors live and die in complete anonymity, receiving little or no acclaim and without so much as a thank you for their sacrifices. Many of those gallant souls suffer horrendous injury, both physical and mental, for which the nation for which they gave so much – in many cases their lives – offers minimal care and meager recompense. Still those men and women line up to volunteer to serve in defense of their nation, their friends, their neighbors, their family. These are the stories of a courageous few of those who stood tall at the time their nation called, went off to war and met the need for dauntless defenders to face the enemy and victoriously defend the American citizen and the American way of life.
All author’s royalties have been donated to the Veterans Memorial Foundation.
Unsung Heroes of the Tar Heel State
by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers
United States House of Representatives
North Carolina, Second District
Heroes come in many forms. As Americans, we are graced with living in a country where our freedoms are not only protected, but defended and fought for all over the world. The brave men and women of our armed forces have embraced this sacred duty for over two centuries and continue to remind us all of the sacrifices required for the sake of our liberty and remaining a beacon of light and progress to all nations.
North Carolina has been home to these noble warriors since the days of the American Revolution. Since 1789, the Tar Heel State has produced military legends from Andrew Jackson to Hugh Shelton, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and countless men and women serving in each branch of our armed services. Today, North Carolina continues this tradition by leading as a primary resource in the War on Terror and managing combat operations all over the world from Fort Bragg to Seymour Johnson and Camp Lejeune.
In Unsung Heroes of the Tar Heel State, William Connor, Jr. weaves a treasure trove of stories and experiences from numerous military veterans into a heartwarming scrapbook of experiences on the front lines of freedom. This book serves as an important reminder of the sacrifices they endured for our freedom and the men and women who made it possible. Few of us can comprehend the challenges they have faced, but we all can share in their noble calling as heroes and defenders of liberty abroad.
As Americans, we are blessed to live in a country where young men and women volunteer their lives in order to protect the freedom of millions of their fellow citizens. We must never forget and live each day as a tribute to their bravery while continuing to protect the freedoms they fought to maintain for future generations.
I hope that this book will offer readers the same feelings of pride and respect for our military heroes as it has for me. In this age of conflict and threats to our liberty abroad, it is comforting to know the guardians of our freedom are out there, serving as Unsung Heroes of the Tar Heel State.
Member of Congress