War Hero
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
By
Joseph Campbell

A war hero is a person who gives everything to help the war effort to aid their side. This can be anything from saving their comrades or doing something that is extraordinary that catches the attention of others. But the main thing is they are doing what they think is best and they aren’t asked to do it they just do it.
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/hero.html

What we found while researching what a war hero is online:

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A war hero is a person who doesn't think about what they are doing when they are doing it they act. The soldiers getting medals and honors are not always the heroes they just want to be held in high prestige. Some of the heroes go unrecognized because someone else takes all the credit but they usually don't mind because that's not why they did whatever they did. A purple heart is one of many meals or awards that a soldier gets when they get recognized for their courageous act.



  • Posted by: Eli George
FREDONIA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A crusade is underway to honor a Civil War hero from the southern tier.
Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing of Fredonia was killed in combat at the battle of Gettysburg in 1863. He was 22-years-old. Now, he is being recommended to posthumously receive the Medal of Honor for Gallantry.

Historians say Lieutenant Cushing refused to step off the front lines despite being wounded three times. He is buried at West Point. His three brothers also served in the Civil War.
http://www.wivb.com/dpp/community/Crusade-is-on-to-honor-Civil-War-hero


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http://www.cushingstaylorsbattery.org/cushings_history.htm This link tells us the history of Cushing, and the battle he had been through up until the day he was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg. And another resourse said that he may have been the greatest hero of the Civil War.



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During world war 1 more than 290 soldiers of the British and Commonwealth armies were executed by the firing squad. Two people were executed simply for sleeping at their posts. Many court martial trials were shorter than 20 minutes and more often than not these soldiers went unrepresented.
Today the British government has continued to refuse to grant post humous pardons to these individuales who were so unjustly accused and faced the ultimate consiquence.

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Quotes and excerpts from the books we read:
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“Captain Hyland wanted to write a recommendation for Hathcock to receive a medal on that burning amtrac. But Hathcock responded with an emphatic no. he told Hyland “I happened to wake up first. That’s all. I did what any of the rest of the Marines on top of that amtrac would have done.”

-Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Norman Hathcock II

I choose this quote for the book Marine Sniper by Charles Henderson, the book that I read during this war unit. This book takes you through the life of the man quoted above, Carlos Hathcock, and what he did as a sniper through the Vietnam War. I choose this particular quote because I think it shows why he is a hero. He says that anyone could have done what he did but he was just the first to wake up, but from what I have read throughout this book Carlos Hathcock is the kind of guy to give up his life to save anyone else. He is the man who will never quit, and never surrender without giving it all he has got and that is what makes him a hero. A war hero.


“Sunrise Over Fallujah”- By Walter Dean Myer
“Hey, look at that sunrise,” she said.
I looked to where she was nodding and saw the sun on the horizon and above it a thin red line that stretched endlessly in the distance. There was also sand, rising like a shadow with shifting shades of dark brown and orange, coming toward us. Cameras were brought out and guys stepped away from the trucks to get clear pictures.
“Jonesy, check this out!” Sergeant Harris called out. He had put a bayonet on the end of this weapon and was holding it up so that Jonesy could photograph him in profile. Sergeant Harris. American Hero.
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Some Works that help illustrate about
being a war hero:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAa6_574nAs
This is a video that gives a glimpse of the Vietnam war through different footage of the war. Some actions done are considered to be heroic and duty-bound but others are disgusted by the footage of what soldiers have done. From what I understand is that some don't have a choice they are ordered to do something and if they disobey that order they are punished.
Hero of War
-Rise Against.
This song is a perfect representation of the struggle a soldier faces and the choices he has to deal with. Half of which he isn't proud of and are forced upon him.


This song is the anti-war hero, it shows what war does to the people in it. I think the lyrics can be confusing at times but the general point that I got from this song is that they are ready to go to war, they are excited about it and willing to go. The only problem is that they are coming back in body bags and talks about getting picked off by Charlie (Vietnamese soldiers). This song is illustrating what the Vietnam War is doing to him and his friends. Here are the lyrics:

We met as soul mates
On Parris Island
We left as inmates
From an asylum
And we were sharp
As sharp as knives
And we were so gung ho
To lay down our lives
We came in spastic
Like tameless horses
We left in plastic
As numbered corpses
And we learned fast
To travel light
Our arms were heavy
But our bellies were tight
We had no home front
We had no soft soap
They sent us Playboy
They gave us Bob Hope
We dug in deep
And shot on sight
And prayed to Jesus Christ
With all of our might
We had no cameras
To shoot the landscape
We passed the hash pipe
And played our Doors tapes
And it was dark
So dark at night
And we held on to each other
Like brother to brother
We promised our mothers we'd write
And we would all go down together
We said we'd all go down together
Yes we would all go down together
Remember Charlie
Remember Baker
They left their childhood
On every acre
And who was wrong?
And who was right?
It didn't matter in the thick of the fight
We held the day
In the palm
Of our hand
They ruled the night
And the night
Seemed to last as long as six weeks
On Parris Island
We held the coastline
They held the highlands
And they were sharp
As sharp as knives
They heard the hum of our motors
They counted the rotors
And waited for us to arrive
And we would all go down together
We said we'd all go down together
Yes we would all go down together
http://www.songfacts.com/lyrics.php?findsong=7694


See what I mean when I say the anti-war hero, he isn’t saying anything bad towards war he is just giving you and idea of what is happening.



This CNN Special talks about the women and men of war, there stories on how they became a “war hero.” The stories come from everybody, people from the frontline to the Red Cross, to a nun.

The story of Sgt. Gary Hughes published by Jeordan Legon
Taking a break from handing out water bottles, Hughes, 27, soon realized the young Muslim woman was pregnant. Worried she was losing the baby, he said he slung his rifle on his back and swooped her into his arms.
"It all happened so fast," said Hughes, the physical training instructor for Britain's 2nd Royal Tank Regiment. "I ran to the hospital as fast as I could -- about 200 meters." That's roughly the size of two football fields.
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/heroes/index.html




The War Hero - By Francis Duggan
He always wears his war medals on his coat of them he feels so proud
And he has a hearing problem the reason he talks so loud
He says I'm a World war hero of which some don't wish to know
Of a battle fought in Europe more than six decades ago.
I often see him walking in the park or shopping complex with his long term wife
Devoted to him even in old age they have lived a long life
When he started talking of his war years I could not bear with him long
Though he is the inspiration for the making of this song.
I do not doubt he means well or in his young years he was brave
But far too many of his comrades went to an early grave
To me war is antiquated and it never solves anything
Though only of war heroes old war balladeers do sing.
He thinks he fought for freedom who told to him the lie
For so called freedom young men go to war and for so called freedom young men die
Twenty six million people in refugee camps what sort of freedom have they
And Human rights abuses rampant in the World of today.
On Anzac Day as usual he will be at the front of the parade
And he will love the adulation when much of him is made
With his war medals upon his coat for everyone to see
He may well impress some people but not the cynical like me.

This poem talks about a World war hero and how this man wears his war medals everywhere he goes to show people what he has done in life and to him these medals tell a story.
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-war-hero-3/



This CNN Special talks about the women and men of war, there stories on how they became a “war hero.” The stories come from everybody, people from the frontline to the Red Cross, to a nun.

The story of Sgt. Gary Hughes published by Jeordan Legon
Taking a break from handing out water bottles, Hughes, 27, soon realized the young Muslim woman was pregnant. Worried she was losing the baby, he said he slung his rifle on his back and swooped her into his arms.
"It all happened so fast," said Hughes, the physical training instructor for Britain's 2nd Royal Tank Regiment. "I ran to the hospital as fast as I could -- about 200 meters." That's roughly the size of two football fields.
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/heroes/index.html