Medal of Honor

Profiles of America's Military Heroes from the Civil War to the Present


By Allen Mikaelian

By Mike Wallace

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Medal of Honor portrays 11 recipients of this sacred U.S. military decoration, from the Civil War through the Vietnam War, and examines what drove them to go so far above and beyond the call of duty. Among the stories is an account of the life of the only woman ever to receive the medal; of an officer who staged a daring escape from a German POW camp in WWI; and of a soldier from the legendary WWII Japanese-American 442nd, who went on to earn the medal in the Korean War. The book tells not only of astonishing military actions but also, significantly, of the recipients’ lives before and after their wartime experiences.

In his moving commentary, acclaimed 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace places these actions in historical context and relates his own personal experiences in WWII and as a journalist covering recent wars. He also meditates on the meaning of courage and shows what we can all learn from these extraordinary individuals.

“The President may award, and present in the name of Congress, a medal of honor of appropriate design, with ribbons and appurtenances, to a person who, while a member of the Army, Navy, or Air Force distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.” –The United States Congress


On Sale
May 14, 2003
Page Count
336 pages
Hachette Books

Allen Mikaelian

About the Author

Allen Mikaelian received his M.A. in history, with distinction, from the University of London’s Institute for English Studies. He lives in Washington, D.C., and serves as a board member and adult literacy tutor with the Washington Literacy Council. Mike Wallace is a leading force behind CBS’s 60 Minutes, which has ranked among Nielsen’s top ten highest-rated primetime programs for twenty-three consecutive seasons–a record no other program has approached. He has won nineteen Emmy awards and countless other professional honors. He lives in New York City.

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Mike Wallace

About the Author

Mike Wallace has been coeditor of 60 Minutes, CBS’s seminal news magazine, since its premiere in 1968. The 2004-5 season marks his 37th on the broadcast. He has won innumerable awards for his work and been inducted into the TV Hall of Fame.

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