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Medal of Honor Recipients (Afghanistan)

Medal of Honor Recipients (Afghanistan) – http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/afghanistan.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find an account of someone who faced live fire in Afghanistan to render medical aid?
  • Where can I find an account of Americans fighting outnumbered more than 7 to 1?
  • Where can I find an account of an Army Ranger using the enemy’s grenades against him?

Description:

Nine stories of heroism in capsule form. Each entry lists the soldier, branch of service, date of action and a few paragraphs description.

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Medal of Honor Recipients (Vietnam)

Medal of Honor Recipients (Vietnam)

(http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/vietnam-a-l.html)
(http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/vietnam-m-z.html)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find an example of soldiers who survived what outsiders would deem a suicidal charge?
  • Where can I find a story of how soldier provided covering fire so their comrades could be evacuated?
  • Where can I find a story of heroism among a helicopter crew?

Description:

Listing of medal of honor citations by last name. Each entry includes: rank & organization, Place and date of action, where the person entered the service, plus a long paragraph for the citation.

Chaplains with Marines in Vietnam, 1962-1971

Chaplains with Marines in Vietnam, 1962-1971. Cdr Herbert L. Bergsma, CHC, USN. 1985. 240 pp.

(Paper: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12676782)

(PDF)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What denomination was represented by CGP in Marine Chaplin documents?
  • What role did chaplains play in the “hearts and minds” activities of US forces?
  • What was it like to have Christmas services in the fields of Vietnam?
  • Where can I find a story of a priest giving communion in a minefield?

Description:

According to the preface, the aim of this work was to provide basic history of the Vietnam War and use it as context for the work of the chaplain corps and to highlight the work of some individual chaplains.

The work is divided chronologically. Some of the chapter/subheading titles refer to types of ministry. Some that might interest a writer of wartime stories include:

  • Christmas highlights
  • With the Wounded or On the Line?
  • Chaplain Participation in Major Operations
  • Easter and Passover in I Corps
  • Hearts and Minds : The Personal Response Project
  • “Greater Love Hath No Man . . .” – Death of a priest ministering on the battlefield.
  • The 3d Marine Division Memorial Children’s Hospital

Between the notes section and the index are these two helpful appendices:

  • Religious Denomination Short Titles Chaplains Corps, United States Navy
  • Navy Chaplains In Vietnam, 1962-1972 – The chaplains are listed by year. Each entry shows: name and rank, denomination, date arrived in Vietnam and first assigned unit.

Medal of Honor Recipients – Korean War (Center of Military History)

Medal of Honor Recipients – Korean War (Center of Military History) – http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/koreanwar.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find stories of people who used grenades to attack the enemy at the cost of their own life?
  • Where can I find a story of a fighting medic?
  • Where can I find instances of soldiers deliberately exposing themselves to enemy fire?

Description:

Alphabetical listing of Medal of Honor recipients for service during the Korean War. Each entry has name of soldier, service, other brief biographical information followed by a citation a paragraph or so in length. An asterisk indicates a posthumous award.

Korean War Online Bookshelf from Center of Military History

Korean War Online Bookshelf from Center of Military History – http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/resmat/KW.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What was done by US forces during “Operation Strangle”?
  • How did Task Force Faith save lives in other units while being destroyed?
  • How are positions developed during armistice talks?

Description:

Links to books, articles on resources related to the Korean War. A few notable resources include:

  • The effectiveness of air interdiction (bombing) during the Korean War
  • Korean War: The Chinese intervention
  • Truce tent and fighting front

If you’re primarily interested in key events and don’t want background in depth, be sure to check out the posters section. Each one page poster has a list of key dates on the left hand side, a map and a short description of what happened during that phase of the war.

For the writer, the materials on the Chinese offensive might be helpful in writing stories of war on other worlds or alternate universes. The account of negotiations, “Truce tent and fighting front,” while plainly biased towards the allied side, may help in stories revolving around wartime diplomacy.

Medal of Honor Recipients World War II

Medal of Honor Recipients World War II

(http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/wwII-a-f.html)
(http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/wwII-g-l.html)
(http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/wwII-m-s.html)
(http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/wwII-t-z.html)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find an inspiring story of courage as a POW?
  • What is involved in a desperate charge?
  • Where can I find stories of valor in the air?

Description:

Citations for soldiers awarded the Medal of Honor for service during the World War II. Citations about a paragraph long and will always include why the soldier or sailor received the medal. Dates of birth and unit information are usually included.

Almost any of these citations will produce enough fodder for a short story, or back story for a character or character relative.

United States Coast Guard Roll of Honor, April 6, 1917 – – November 30, 1918

United States Coast Guard Roll of Honor, April 6, 1917 – – November 30, 1918 – http://www.uscg.mil/history/docs/USCG_RollofHonor1918.pdf  (PDF link currently down, webmaster contacted 9/8/17)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How many US Coast Guard members died from Pneumonia during World War I?
  • Where can I find an act of personal bravery in Coast Guard service during World War I?
  • Where can I find people with no next of kin who died during World War I?

Description:

From the introduction: ”A list of officers and men who were killed in action or otherwise perished during the war and those decorated during the war — a supplement to the Report of the Secretary of the Navy, 1919.”

This work is subdivided as follows:

  • List of Officers and Men
  • Killed in Combat with the Enemy – Entries list rank, date and place of death along with name and address of next of kin.
  • Died as Result of Accident, Collison, Drowning, etc – Entries list rank, type of death, sometimes with a sentence or two on how. Also includes name and address of next of kin.
  • Died from Natural Causes – Entries list rank, date and place of death along with name and address of next of kin.
  • List of Officers and Men Commended – All of the entries in the subsections below list list name, rank, assignment and date of action. Also includes comments regarding commendation that range from a sentence to a paragraph.
  • For Courageous and Heroic Action
  • For Efficient and Noteworthy Action
  • For Acts of Personal Bravery

Each section above is preceded by statistics on the number of officers and enlisted men in that area.

Medal of Honor Recipients World War I

Medal of Honor Recipients World War I – http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/worldwari.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Under what circumstances might a soldier who drowned in a river be awarded a Medal of Honor?
  • Where can I locate a heroic medic story?
  • Under what circumstances did a cook save a life?

Description:

A single page offering brief citations for soldiers awarded the Medal of Honor for service during the First World War. Citations about a paragraph long and will always include why the soldier or sailor received the medal. Dates of birth and unit information are usually included.

United States Revenue Cutter Service in the War With Spain, 1898: the official history (Coast Guard)

The United States Revenue Cutter Service in the War With Spain, 1898: the official history (Coast Guard) – http://www.uscg.mil/history/docs/USRCSSpanAmerWar1898.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What sort of duties did the Revenue Cutters have during the Spanish American War?
  • Where can I find a dramatic summary of the rescue of a naval vessel under heavy fire?
  • Where can I find first hand accounts of naval battles that took place during the Spanish American War?
  • How did the Cutter Service treat non-combatant shipping?

Description:

The Revenue Cutter Service was a forerunner of today’s US Coast Guard and played a role in the Spanish American War/War with Spain. From the introduction:

There were in cooperation with the Navy 13 revenue cutters, carrying 61 guns, 98 officers, and 562 enlisted men. Of these, 8 cutters (43 guns), 58 officers and 339 men were in Admiral Sampson’s fleet and on the Havana blockade; 1 cutter (6 guns), 10 officers and 95 men were in Admiral Dewey’s fleet at Manila and 4 cutters (12 guns), 30 officers and 128 men cooperated with the Navy on the Pacific Coast.

This 26 page book lists out all of the officers who served. It also contains reports from some of the Revenue Cutter captains as well as complimentary letters from the Army and Navy commanders they supported in the three areas mentioned above.

Medal of Honor Recipients from War with Spain (Center of Military History)

Medal of Honor Recipients from War with Spain (Center of Military History) – http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/warspain.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find someone decorated for rescuing wounded from Cuba?
  • Where can I find individuals involved in the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba?
  • Where can I find men cited for action in the Philippines?

Description:

Listing of citations of Medals of Honor earned by servicemen in the war with Spain. Each entry carries name, rank, birthdate, birthplace, date of citation and date of action. Also carries a 1-3 sentence description of the act being honored.

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