American Valor Quarterly
Millions of Americans have worn the uniform of our country, and each of them has a story to tell. The American Veterans Center works to preserve and share some of the most unique and incredible stories of America’s greatest heroes. In our quarterly publication American Valor Quarterly, veterans share their own stories, in their own words.
Formerly published as World War II Chronicles and Valor: the Veterans of Vietnam, American Valor Quarterly contains first-hand accounts of the U.S. military’s greatest heroes from the Greatest Generation to the latest generation. It is a tribute to all who have served. A demonstration that duty, honor and valor are concepts that exist in every generation of the American military.
Preserving Their Legacy
Letter from the Editor
Eisenhower’s Address to Western Europe
At 0630 AM on June 6, 1944, the first men of the Allied Expeditionary Force hit the beaches of Normandy. As the day progressed and the landings took hold, Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower took to the airwaves to alert the people of France and Western Europe that their hour of liberation had come.
Omaha Beach: The First Wave
by Harley Reynolds
A survivor of the invasions of North Africa and Sicily, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Harley Reynolds’ third invasion would be his most deadly: the invasion of Normandy at Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach.
Eisenhower’s Triumph: The Guildhall Address of 1945
by Richard Striner
Just over a month after the Allied victory in Europe, their Supreme Commander – General Dwight D. Eisenhower – was presented with the highest honor the City of London can bestow. His acceptance speech – his first major public address – would go down in history as one of his best.
The Will to Live On Life in a P.O.W. Camp During WWII
by Herbert W. Schroer
Thousands of Americans were taken prisoner following the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in early 1942. Many died, and those who survived suffered tremendously. Here, we share one survivor’s story.
From Kansas to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: The Military Career of General Richard B. Myers
Recently, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came by the office to appear on the Center’s weekly radio program, Veterans Chronicles. In this issue, we print the transcript of that interview.
The Lost Battalion of Tet: A Reflection
by Lt. Colonel Charles Krohn, USA (Ret)
An eyewitness to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment’s epic escape after being surrounded by the enemy during the Tet Offensive recalls the war in Vietnam, and offers a comparison to the war in Iraq, during which he served as deputy chief of public affairs for the Pentagon.
The Few and the Proud: Marines in the Battle of Fallujah
by Jason Arellano
By most accounts, the Second Battle of Fallujah in late 2004 was the toughest battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Here, one Marine shares his experience in battle.
Stories of Valor
Letter from the Editor
The Filthy Thirteen – The U.S. Army’s Real Dirty Dozen
For the first time since the night of June 5, 1944, the surviving men of the Filthy Thirteen – the unit that inspired the story of the “Dirty Dozen” – came together to tell their story.
P.O. Box 1142 – Top-Secret Intelligence Gathering in WWII
Sixty years went by before the veterans of the top-secret intelligence facility at Fort Hunt, Virginia were able to talk about their experiences. Here, two veterans recount their role at P.O. Box 1142.
Call To Service – The Korean War Story of Lt. General Julius W. Becton, Jr.
One of America’s first black men to achieve the rank of general officer, Julius W. Becton, Jr. first saw combat in Korea, where he would be decorated for actions during the breakout from Pusan Perimeter.
The Medal of Honor – Valor in Vietnam
There is no greater award for valor in combat than the Medal of Honor. At the 11th Annual Conference, three recipients of the Medal for their heroism in Vietnam recalled the actions for which they were made members of our military’s most exclusive fraternity.
The Medal of Honor Today – A New Generation of Valor
More than 1.5 million Americans have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Despite countless acts of valor, only five hold our nation’s highest military award. Here, five men who served with these heroes share their stories.
Lost Love Letters
A Poem by Sylvia E. Weinstein
Continuing the Mission
Letter from the Editor
From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima
with Admiral Thomas H. Moorer
Long before he served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Thomas Moorer lived through an amazing series of events during World War II that took him from Pearl Harbor to the wreckage of Hiroshima.
Operation Valkyrie – The Plot to Kill Hitler
An interview with Christopher McQuarrie, co-writer and co-producer of the new World War II drama, VALKYRIE, coming to theaters in December 2008 and telling the story of Claus von Stauffenberg and the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944.
The Ice Diaries – The Untold Story of the USS Nautilus and the Cold War’s Most Daring Mission
by Captain William R. Anderson
Following the launch of Sputnik 1 – the first man-made satellite – by the Russians in 1957, President Eisenhower was determined to put forth a demonstration that would prove the U.S. was still the technological equal of the Soviets. The result was the mission of the USS Nautilus to travel under the polar ice cap to the North Pole. Here, the captain of the Nautilus shares that epic story.
Counterinsurgency in Vietnam – Lessons Learned, Ignored, Then Revived
by Rufus Phillips
At a time when it is needed more than ever, we present an account from one Army’s earliest men on the ground in Vietnam and expert in counterinsurgency. His work brought him face to face with the major players of the era, including Presidents Kennedy and Diem, Ambassador Lodge, and General Taylor.
Valor in Anbar
An excerpt from the American Veterans Center’s radio series Veterans Chronicles, profiling the story of U.S. Army Captain Walter Bryan Jackson, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Letter from the Editor
Reflections by General James H. Doolittle
Prior to his passing in 1993, Jimmy Doolittle shared his thoughts on the military, pilots, and life. In this issue, we print these reflections, as well as the original proposed plan to attack Japan in 1942.
Baa Baa Black Sheep
An excerpt from Veterans Chronicles Brigadier General Bruce Matheson of the famed Black Sheep Squadron tells the story of “Boyington’s Bastards.”
Principled Leadership by Dr. Lewis S. Sorley
In 2007, the American Veterans Center inaugurated the Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize and Lecture in honor of one of America’s finest military men. The first lecture was delivered by Vietnam veteran and Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian Lewis Sorley, who examined the career, and character, of several distinguished veterans.
Shock Medicine by Luis Fonseca Jr.
The eyewitness account of the 2003 Battle of Nasiriyah from the first corpsman to receive the Navy Cross in over three decades.
Honoring Their Sacrifice
Letter from the Editor
The Black Sands of Iwo Jima
with Charles W. Tatum, Donald Mates, and James White
A first-hand account of the most legendary – and brutal – battle in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps.
WWII: The Japanese American Experience
In the battle against prejudice at home and America’s enemies abroad, Japanese Americans proved to be heroes on two fronts.
Valor at Chosin
with Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.
The first Medal of Honor recipient of the Korean War recalls his attempts to save the life of his fellow Naval Aviator and friend.
We Were Soldiers: The Battle of Ia Drang
with Lt. General Hal Moore, Joseph Galloway, and the men made famous by their acclaimed book
Against an overwhelming enemy force, the men of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) are put to the ultimate test, demonstrating the courage and honor that would become commonplace among the U.S. servicemen in Vietnam.
The Battle of Tarin Kowt
An excerpt from Veterans Chronicles
Maj. Jason Amerine, leader of the Special Forces team that linked up with Hamid Karzai early on in Operation Enduring Freedom, recounts his incredible story.
Operation Phantom Fury: The Second Battle of Fallujah
with Col. Willy Buhl, SSgt. David Bellavia, and Sgt. Jeremiah Workman
The fighting experienced by the Marines and soldiers in Operation Phantom Fury was the toughest urban combat since Hue City during the Tet Offensive, 40 years ago. Here, the heroes of Fallujah recall the defining battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Rededication of Trimble Field
by James C. Roberts
The Great War: Through the Eyes of its Last Eyewitness
An interview with Frank W. Buckles, the last surviving American service member to have served in Europe during World War I.
Holland: Parades, Grenades, and Hell’s Highway
by William “Wild Bill” Guarnere and Edward “Babe” Heffron
Operation Market Garden as remembered by two of its most celebrated veterans.
Never Forget: An American Soldier’s View of Unspeakable Evil
by Harry Zaslow
A teenager in the U.S. Army, thousands of miles from home, witnesses first-hand the horrors of the Nazi regime and one of the greatest crimes in human history.
The Hero of Taejon-ni
The story of Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura. An excerpt from the radio documentary series Veterans Chronicles.
The War in Vietnam: The Media’s Role
by Emily Tibbitts
A study of the impact of the press on the Vietnam War from an aspiring journalist.
So That Others Might Live with Maj. Trent Gibson and Sgt. Jason Sanders
The story of Jason Dunham, the second man to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom, as told by the Marines he served with.