- Reviewed by David M. Kinchen
B.T. Collins’s tribute to his commanding officer in Vietnam, Capt. Samuel R. Bird, “The Courage of Sam Bird” is as good a piece of writing of any kind I’ve seen anywhere, without a single unnecessary word, guaranteeing misty eyes or even tears when you finish it.
Beginning with World War I and continuing through the war in Iraq, readers will follow soldiers into the trenches, peer in on emergency surgery taking place in the depths of the ocean, watch heroes carry the bodies of fallen brethren, trail Eisenhower’s “Circus Wagon” mobile headquarters for the three days leading up to D-Day, and be inspired as men and women rise above and beyond normal human limits to preserve our rights and save their friends.
Select stories include:
• A moving memorial to D-Day
• A pilot rescued after his F-16 is shot down
• A soldier returns to the front after losing his foot in action
• An American soldier who takes a big risk to save a dying Afghan girl
As a journalist who stands up and cheers when he sees good writing, I was impressed with this collection. It’s the kind of book you’ll take along on trips, to remind youself of the best of American men and women in wartime.
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