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America's Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil by Jim Willbanks

By Jim Willbanks

America's Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil warfare to Afghanistan will pay tribute to american citizens who've tested unusual valor within the face of serious probability. The Medal of Honor recipients featured during this publication all acted heroically to earn this hugely coveted award, a lot of them by means of risking—or sacrificing—their lives to save lots of the lives of others. The tales of those individuals—chosen to mirror the extensive range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, branches of provider, and conflicts of the recipients—will develop readers' realizing and appreciation of the Medal of Honor and the celebrated americans who've got it.In addition to the gripping tales of those heroic american citizens, this distinctive encyclopedia contains an creation that chronicles the evolution within the award's importance. The Medal of Honor has replaced tremendously over the past a hundred and fifty years, not just within the layout of the actual ornament itself, but in addition by way of the qualifying standards for the award's recipients.

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In 1889, Birkhimer earned a law degree from the Law School of the University of Oregon. He later was admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States. With his legal knowledge, Birkhimer became one of the army’s foremost experts on military law, the law of war, and the issue of military government. In 1892, he first published his book Military Government and Martial Law. The book subsequently went through three editions (1892, 1904, and 1915). It was considered the most Blake, Robert | important work on the subject and was a standard text at both West Point and the Army Staff College at Fort Leavenworth for more than 20 years.

In May of that year, Ballard was summoned to the White House, where he was presented the Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon and Gen. William Westmoreland. General Westmoreland offered Ballard a direct commission in the Army, but he turned it down for family reasons and later joined the Kansas National Guard. During the course of his career in the Kansas Guard, he served as an ambulance platoon leader, medical company commander, and a number of other key positions. On April 5, 1998, Ballard was promoted to colonel in the Guard.

New York: Association of Graduates, 1915. Blake, Robert Born: Born into slavery; date uncertain Died: Unknown Home State: Attributed to Virginia; emancipated in South Carolina Service: Navy 23 24 | Blake, Robert Conflict: Civil War Age at Time of Award: Unknown Robert Blake was born into slavery, so his actual date and place of birth are unknown. He was among 400 slaves captured during a Civil War raid by the US Navy on South Carolina’s Santee River in 1862. The Navy relocated Blake and the other so-called contrabands to North Island in Winyah Bay.

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