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: THE DEFINING GENERATION is a project begun by Doug and Pam Sterner in 2002 and completed in 2006. Initially is was prepared for publication as a book, however with their changing focus to development of a database of military awards, was postponed indefinitely so they could concentrate on that larger, more important work. The stories found herein however, need to be shared, and they have consented to make this compilation available in this format. While each story can stand alone, it is recommended that for continuity, readers will be best served by reading the chapters sequentially from first to last.


The Defining Generation


Defining Human Rights

Sir Edward Artis


"I swear by all that is holy and dear unto me, to aid those less fortunate than I, to relieve the distress of the world and to fulfill my knightly obligations. This oath do I give of my own free and independent will, so help me God!"

Oath Inscribed on the Tomb of a Knight of Malta


"The scariest good guy you'll ever meet," is how one powerful Afghanistan War Lord described Edward Artis. The 62-year-old humanitarian has traveled the world more times than he can count, often going where others fear to tread to deliver food, tents, blankets, and medical supplies to some of the world's most needy people.

If Don Bendell was a throwback to another century when cowboys gave us a tradition of good guys who lived by a code of the West, Ed Artis reaches even further into history to find his own niche in the Twenty-First Century. The Indiana Jones meets Mother Teresa adventurer believes he is a knight, a true crusader ordained to aid the less fortunate and to relieve the stress of the world. Knightsbridge International, the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) he co-founded with Dr. Sir James Laws in 1995 to provide humanitarian relief to people in areas often too dangerous for others has delivered tons of food to Afghanistan, medicine to Rwanda, and hospital equipment to rural clinics in terrorist-controlled jungles of the Philippine Islands. He's been shot at, threatened by border guards, detained by criminals, and even unceremoniously dumped (without papers) in the nether regions of Dagestan while on his way to Chechnya by a cantankerous Soviet officer toting an AK-47 machinegun.

"If it appears that I am somewhat foolish, I am!" he notes. "When I was younger I knew I wanted to be something but I didn't know what…and I still don't know what that is. I don't know what I'm going to be when I grow up! But I do know what I'm NOT going to be, and that's a complacent, apathetic, and sit on my ass kind of guy."

Born in Highland Park, Illinois, in 1945, Ed grew up in the San Francisco Bay area city of Concord, California. The oldest of six children, he was the kind of kid who challenge their parents, drive them crazy, invoke their worry and break their hearts.

Recalling his youth Ed describes himself as a High Potential, Under Achiever who found school boring and unchallenging. Fascinated by foreign-language radio broadcasts as a young boy however, he did find an expanding interest in the world beyond his native borders. At night he would lay in bed, listing to his small radio to people talking in foreign languages and trying to imagine what they were saying. But it was a black and white television news report in English in 1960 that initiated the 15-year-old boy's interest in helping unseen, foreign speaking children that set a precedent that would follow him for the next fifty years.

On May 22, 1960 , an earthquake struck South America , it's epicenter just 100 miles off the west coast of Chile . The largest earthquake ever instrumentally recorded, it measured 9.5 on the Monument Magnitude Scale, and wreaked unprecedented damage through Chile and across the South American continent. More than 130,000 houses were destroyed, one in every three in the earthquake zone, and nearly 2 million people were left homeless and destitute.

Years later after building a successful career, Ed would define the motivation that prompted his current world-wide humanitarian missions by noting, "How could I enjoy a comparatively luxurious American lifestyle without trying to help the world's most helpless and often the world's most hopeless?"[i] Watching news reports of the devastation in South America first kindled that feeling in Ed Artis in 1960; perhaps the first moment in his young life when he found a sense of purpose. He and Richard Bailey, a lifelong friend, teamed up going door-to-door in their neighborhood to gather clothing and other supplies for the poor people who had just lost everything in a disaster of nature. The young man with little grasp of geography, and who had no idea of how he could get the collected supplies to the disaster area thousands of miles away, approached the project as he would so many like it later in life--crossing one bridge at a time. He piled the clothes he had collected in his father's car and got his father to drive he and Richard to his high school, one of the few times in his young life that he went there eagerly. For his teachers and fellow students it provided a new insight to an otherwise-problem-student. They joined his effort, the school following Ed and Richrd's example and leadership began to collect even more supplies which were soon thereafter donated to the Red Cross for transportation to South America.

If young Artis' first relief effort reflected a previously unrecognized and admirable potential, his actions little more than a year later clearly illustrate that even good people can make tragic mistakes. Ed celebrated his 17th birthday by skipping school with some of his buddies. They stole a car, broke into a liquor store for beer, then into a sporting goods store and stole some guns and then took the window out of a jewelry store for things they could sell for cash, before finding themselves in a high-speed chase with the California Highway Patrol which Ed and his friends lost. "We're lucky we weren't killed," he recalls.

Ed was confined to a Juvenile Detention facility for a period of 28 days. "I had always thought that I was tough when I was growing up," he says, "but after getting my ass beat repeatedly by some really TOUGH guys, I began to realize I wasn't really such a tough guy after all." While acknowledging the wrongness of their son's transgressions, Ed's heartbroken parents stood by him. One of the critical moments during his confinement was the day his father came to visit and brought his twin brother, an uncle whom Ed was meeting for the first time. "There I sat in my (prisoner's) uniform of jeans and a white tee shirt, trying to face my dad and an uncle who I had never met who came to visit me in uniform--he was a First Sergeant in the Army. I was ashamed of what I had done, I was embarrassed by the grief I had caused my parents, and I was scared."

During the juvenile court proceedings that followed, Ed was made a Ward of the Court but allowed to return home under his parents' supervision and ordered to return to high school until he was old enough to go into the U.S. Army. The angry judge had offered the delinquent teen two alternatives: FIVE years in a California Youth Authority juvenile detention facility or THREE years as a volunteer in the U.S. Army. The memory of his uncle in uniform was still stuck in the back of his mind, although the decision he made was based upon a much more banal reasoning. "Let's see," he thought, "FIVE years getting beat up every day in CYA or THREE years in an army uniform. I did the math and quickly agreed to join the Army." It was three months before young Ed's birthday but with the court's permission his parents signed the paperwork to allow their 17-year-old to join the Army. Soon he was on his way to Fort Ord, California, to begin Basic Training.

It was the Army's decision, not Ed's, that then sent him into the medical field to become a healer rather than a hunter. "I saw myself as being an Airborne Infantryman but back then the Army didn't ask what we wanted; they gave us a bunch of tests and decided what we would be good at," he recalls. "During Basic Training Larry Allen, a buddy of mine, and I would check the bulletin board to see where we were going. One day our names appeared together for training as medics and then I was on my way to Fort Sam Houston (Texas)."

After completing the basic medical course Private Ed Artis did manage to get one of the options he requested and was sent to Fort Benning , Georgia , for Airborne training. Slight of build and underweight, he almost failed to meet the weight requirements for Jump School, but with the help of a friendly Platoon Sergeant he managed to tip the scales in his favor after filling the pockets of his fatigues with sand. In August 1963 he made his requisite jumps and earned his Airborne Jump Wings. He was subsequently assigned to duty as an Airborne Medic with the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

By March 1965 when President Lyndon Johnson sent the first American combat troops into Vietnam, Ed Artis had spent two years in the Army and with one year remaining in his enlistment, wanted desperately to serve in Vietnam. But while the Vietnam War is remembered as the dominant combat action of the 1960s wherein American soldiers were sent overseas to confront world-wide expansion of Communist ideology in the Cold War, America faced challenges in its own hemisphere. As Vice President in 1961, Johnson witnessed the danger the spread of Communism in the Caribbean posed to the United States. Even after the Cuban missile crisis was resolved in America's favor, insurgent movements in the Caribbean and in Latin America posed a real danger that new "Communist Cubas" could emerge.

The Dominican Republic was one such danger zone. That Latin American nation that occupies the eastern two-thirds of the Caribbean island called Hispaniola and which shares its border with Haiti , had long been a nation in turmoil. Earlier in the 20th Century U.S. Marines had thrice been sent to the Dominican Republic to restore order during what became known as the Banana Wars. By 1965 insurgent Communist forces threatened to turn the Dominican Republic into another Communist country in the Caribbean basin and President Johnson took action. Aware that U.S. military intervention would evoke opposition from the Organization of American States, President Johnson noted, ""When I do what I am about to do, there'll be a lot of people in this hemisphere I can't live with, but if I don't do it there'll be a lot of people in this country I can't live with." On April 28 U.S. Marines were ordered into Santo Domingo and the following day the 82d Airborne Division began operations at nearby San Isisdro.

The intervention in the Dominican Republic provided Ed Artis with his first combat actions as a medic. Though that conflict is little-remembered as one of the United State's wars, before the United States had accomplished its mission of stabilizing the government, 8 Americans were killed and 200 were wounded. Furthermore for Ed, it gave the young man a glimpse of life outside the United States. The people of the Dominican Republic were largely poor and subsisting with great need in a combat zone. Ed and his fellow medics felt great sadness at their plight and did what they could do to treat injuries and health needs. Often they were confronted with strange diseases or other circumstances beyond their training but, with a positive "can-do" attitude, they learned to improvise. "I delivered by first baby in the back of an ambulance," Ed recalls with a laugh, "while reading instructions from an Army field manual.

By the time Ed returned to Fort Bragg late in 1965 the war in Vietnam was escalating and he desired more than ever to serve in that theater. Knowing that his assignment to the 82d Airborne would keep him stateside more than likely for the duration, the following spring when his 3-year active duty enlistment was up he left the Army. It was an action that cost him a $10,000 re-enlistment bonus but that didn't concern him. Ed Artis was becoming the kind of pragmatic volunteer willing to make personal sacrifice and sneak in the back door if the end result would accomplish the desired goal. It is a pattern that marks his efforts to this day. Little more than two years later, in 1968, he re-joined the Army and volunteered for Vietnam duty only to end up being reassigned to the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg where he served until he was eligible to re-enlist yet again, this time with a guaranteed tour in Vietnam. This move also required that he waive a $10,000 VRB (Variable Reenlistment Bonus) in order to obtain the GUARANTEED assignment to Vietnam.

By 1970, Sergeant Edward Artis had achieved his goal when he was assigned to the 451st Medical Detachment (OA) at Tay Ninh, Vietnam. The 541st served as the Medical Unit attached to the 187th Assault Helicopter Company (AHC). Not to be lost is the irony of that unit's designation as the "Crusaders" or the unit crest which features a shield and crossed lances, then an unknown foreshadowing of Ed's work in later years as a knight.

During work hours, which in Vietnam was pretty much a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week time period, Sergeant Artis' job was to treat sick, injured and wounded American soldiers. He was NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge) for the dispensary and his medical activities involved treating a steady stream of normal sickcall patients and other incidents and combat casualties. As an Airborne medic he and others in the 541st often flew on the helicopters of the 187th AHC, providing medical coverage for the flights as they engaged the enemy while at times pulling double duty as door gunners.

"People talk about Vietnam--the WAR," says Ed. "I like to talk about Vietnam--the PEOPLE." Ed's heart ached for the Vietnamese and Cambodians in his area who had so little and who suffered so much. As a medic he, along with others in the 541st Medical Detachment, often spent much of their free time trying to assuage the suffering. They volunteered their help at the Provincial Hospital beyond the barbed wire of their base camp inside Tay Ninh City. When they did receive free time the American medics and even some of their officers who were medical doctors, flew from Tay Ninh to the Special Forces Camp near Snul on the border between Vietnam and Cambodia to spend a night. The following morning they would drive or walk across the border to minister to the needs of hundreds of people in a Cambodian refugee camp, putting in a full but personally gratifying day of service to others before returning to the Special Forces camp before nightfall.

By the mid-point of Sergeant Artis' first one-year tour of duty in Vietnam he was convinced that this was where he belonged. He volunteered to extend for an additional tour of duty and was given a 30-day leave to return home. During his brief R & R back in the states he used his time to share with others the plight of the Vietnamese and to begin humanitarian drives to collect food, clothing, and other needs. He stretched his 30-day leave to 60 days, speaking wherever he could to any who would listen, in order to begin a continuing relief effort. When he returned to Vietnam it was to distribute goods arriving from friends in the United States, as well as to write home pleading for more. His program was broadcast in news stories back home with headlines such as: "Good Samaritan Sergeant" and "He Wants the Shirt off Your Back." In 1971 the young man who less than a decade earlier was a juvenile delinquent faced with jail was named one of the 5 Outstanding Young Men in California by the California Jaycees. He was the youngest recipient of that prestigious title at that time, as well as the first to be so-named while serving in the military. That same year he was also nominated as One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in America by the U.S. Jaycees.

Today Ed acknowledges that his early efforts on behalf of the Vietnamese and Cambodian people, "Is where I began my career as an international humanitarian, and for that opportunity and experience in Vietnam I will forever be grateful." It was also the proving ground for skills he would need later in life when he would have to resort to unusual and unorthodox methods of helping others. In Vietnam Ed Artis learned the ways of the black market, using it to obtain needed medical supplies. He also honed admirable skills as a Robin Hood-kind-of thief, called "scroungers" in military slang. If specific supplies were desperately needed by a Provincial hospital or a Vietnamese clinic or orphanage, and if he couldn't obtain those supplies via either black market or smugglers, Sergeant Artis would don the uniform of an Army officer and boldly sign them out of a larger U.S. Army or ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) supply depot. By that late-stage of the war, the U.S. Army was turning most of its material over to the Vietnamese leaders, many of whom in turn used those supplies to line their own pockets with cash, justifying to Ed his unconventional acts of thievery or deception to help the people who needed it most. He even "appropriated" pre-fabricated buildings, paying off local truck drivers to transport them to outlying villages where they could be erected for shelter, clinics, and schools. Those experiences were, he says, an, "Invaluable boot camp for learning what it takes to be a resourceful, don't-take-no-for-an-answer, big-hearted, danger-loving, swashbuckling one-man humanitarian relief force."

By 1972 most U.S. Forces returned home from Vietnam, and Sergeant Artis continued his relief efforts from afar. His advocacy for the Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees garnered considerable attention at home, and he was featured on several television talk shows. This became important in that years later it would open doors for him in the professional world of television and film. Meanwhile in 1973, because of the great work he was doing to support the Vietnamese and Cambodians the U.S. Army discharged him for the public good due his "Importance to National Safety, Health or Interest." For the next two years he continued his self-imposed mission, and then began working at his first real civilian job with the Junior Achievement program in Southern California.

In 1975 Ed watched the news to see pictures of Vietnamese being plucked from the rooftops of the American Embassy in Saigon as South Vietnam surrendered to the encroaching Communists. He was deeply saddened to see these people who had endured a decade of war buoyed by hopes of American support, suddenly abandoned and left to a tragic fate. Under the Communists there was no further hope for his aid program. For Ed Artis it was as if one poignant chapter of his life had suddenly closed and it was time to write the next.

The next chapter of Ed's life, written over a span of nearly two decades following the fall of Saigon, was unremarkable. Like many other Vietnam Veterans, the former soldier turned to personal goals, seeking to establish a home, career, and a future. After two years with Junior Achievement he found success in mortgage banking and real estate in Los Angeles, California, and then in the early 1980s became involved in television and film production. Still nagging at the back of his mind however, were images of the poor people he had seen in the Dominican Republic, South Vietnam, and Cambodia. At times he felt guilty in his personal success, recalling his early feelings of shame for enjoying a comparatively luxurious lifestyle without trying to do something for the world's most helpless.

In 1992 he traveled to the Soviet Union to assist in production of a television documentary about Russia's veterans of the wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan. Among these former enemies he was quickly welcomed; he even became the first American member of the Soviet Vietnam War Veterans Association. Again his heart ached at the plight of others. "These," he says, "were Vietnam Veterans without a V.A. (the American Veterans Administration)." So Ed began funneling humanitarian aid into the U.S.S.R. to help these veterans of a war in which they had served in on opposing sides.

The following year Ed was back in Russia delivering aid and making new friends when he was inducted into a self-styled Order of the Knights of Malta. It was an entirely spontaneous decision with far-reaching end results. "At the time I wasn't interested," Ed says of the organization that was founded in the late 11th century when they established hospitals along the routes to and in Jerusalem during the First and Second Crusades. "Back then I thought the Knights of Malta was just another Social Club with a costume."

In fact the Hospitallers have centuries of tradition in benevolence and service, derived from medieval knightly service. One of the modern-day Knights of Malta Ed met in Russia was Dr. James Laws, a practicing Osteopathic Cardiologist from Dayton, Ohio. This knight had come to Russia with 8 to 10 pacemakers, a defibrillator, and an EKG machine badly needed in Soviet hospitals. Ed was impressed by Dr. Laws own efforts on behalf of others, doubly-so when he saw American Army jump wings that Laws wore on his jacket. When the two men began talking, over a fist full of beers later that night, he learned that Laws had not only served with the 82d Airborne Division, but in Ed's own unit, the 3d Battalion, 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The two had not met before however. Six years older than Artis, Dr. Laws had served in that unit about two years before Artis and before the Vietnam War.

In August 1993 Dr. Laws watched as Ed Artis was knighted. Kneeling beside Sir Edward on that occasion was Yuri Alexeyev, Vice Governor at that time of the Soviet Ural Region of Russia. As the Soviet prepared to be knighted himself he told Ed, "Today you will be the first foreigner knighted in Russia. You will be my brother."

As is to be expected whenever someone steps forward and becomes a public figure, today Ed Artis has his share of detractors; small-minded and often jealous individuals who seek to find fault rather than praise achievement. Many of those make light of his title: Sir Edward Artis, and his claim to be a modern-day knight. For Artis knighthood has nothing to do with ancient ritual, or even a modern-day benevolent organization that bestows such titles. To him, knighthood is a matter of personal dedication to others. In his own mind, on that day he swore an oath and accepted a challenge that indeed transformed his thoughts and subsequent actions making him, if not a knight in shining armor, then at least a knight in a Kevlar vest. He is that, indeed!

Dr. Laws was himself enamored with Ed's stories of both his early work in Vietnam and more recently in the Soviet Union. He asked Ed to take him with him on one of his next trips. That mission as they call them today,  came the following year when, immediately following the genocide in Rwanda the two men were among some of the first aid workers to reach the scene. There they delivered a hundred thousand doses of Cipro to the refugee camps to stop a cholera epidemic. After completing their mission they returned home to plan a follow-up trip to help the people of Afghanistan, now suffering under the heavy hand of the Taliban.

Before setting out on their second mission together, and with dreams of many more to follow, the two men organized for the future. They incorporated Knightsbridge International, a charitable Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to collect and distribute aid to the needy. They also established a criteria of service that would become their mantra. "These are our rules," say Sir Edward Artis. "We're not in the God business, we don't want to change their politics or religion. It (the mission) must be high adventure and must be humanitarian, and it's got to be in an area where few would ever go. If it doesn't fit these criteria, we're not interested."[ii] In November/December 1995 that place was Afghanistan, the first of six such relief missions--all but two of those missions coming after that country was made even more dangerous in the aftermath of events on September 11, 2001.

Before they returned to war-torn Afghanistan in 2001 however, there were other hot spots desperately needing their aid. The two men visited Kyrgyzstan in 1995 and Nicaragua in 1996, mostly to provide dental missions but also bringing collected supplies of food, clothing, and medications. 1997 found them in Chechnya and Afghanistan, and the following years there were missions to Ingushetia, Cambodia, Albania-Kosovo, Thailand, Burma, as well as two return trips to Nicaragua.

The two men's third return to Afghanistan was planned long in advance of the September 11 attack in the United States that within weeks had American forces fighting there to rout the Taliban. It was a desperate time when a stranger from America was exposed to all manner of danger, whether from Taliban terrorists or simply nervous Afghan warlords seeking to protect their turf. Still Knightsbridge came, hauling tons of rice to isolated and starving Afghan villages, purchasing blankets and tents from black marketers to distribute to families without shelter, and promising to keep returning with more as needed. Ed, Dr. Lawas, and a newer member of the Knightsbridge Team Sir Walt Ratterman would personally sit down with the various elders in each village to learn what their specific needs were, promising to obtain them and return.

The missions of Knight Bridge International (KBI) gave the two knights, by now numbering nine volunteers, both the adrenaline-filled excitement they craved, with the added bonus and focal point of their missions being to help those who were helpless. Dr. Laws and the other Knights personally funded much of their needs and Ed contributed by proffering his personal credit card to purchase supplies and fund other mission related costs when there was no money available from other sources. They also raided American storehouses filled with unwanted medical supplies that could serve a useful purpose elsewhere in the world. Ed notes that when a surgical kit is opened in an American hospital, that often only about 30% to 50%  of its contents are used. The remainder, including catheters, bandages, and other useful materials is generally then discarded. As news of their great work spread, other organizations such as the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation and the REMEDY Program at Yale University, Sharing Resources Worldwide and most recently The Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach began collecting and donating supplies for KBI to transport to areas of the world where others could not get in to or often simply feared to go.

Ed quickly points out that every item donated in the United States is personally delivered "Hand to hand, eye to eye, heart to heart." There is no overhead for KBI, no offices to pay rent and utilities for, and none of the volunteers (which occasionally welcomes one or two new faces for a specific mission) receives a salary. "The point is not only to provide lifesaving food, medicine and shelter but to do so with dignity and without disruption to existing tribal or communal ways of life," KBI points out. When distributing supplies it is not uncommon for an arriving truck to be instantly mobbed by needy and starving people. Sir Edward demands order and follows yet another rule--"People with guns will not be served." He has seen individuals who might otherwise turn the press of the crowd into a playground for bullies hand off their weapons to others while approaching the truck for a bag of wheat or rice. Ed uses a simple punch-card to record what each family receives so that no one is overlooked. In one recent operation in Afghanistan, in addition to providing clothes, blankets and tents, KBI distributed more than 300 tons of food, enough to feed 15,000 refugees for up to four months.

Even in this admirable work Sir Edward Artis is not without his critics. His unorthodox manner of operation, such facts of life as that he takes no crap from anyone and has on occasion paid a bribe to a border guard in order to be able to take a truck of food into a needy village, has garnered his share of enemies. Others have said of his medical missions that he is simply taking the cast-off of American hospitals, useless garbage, and spreading it around the world. Indeed, no good deed goes unpunished but Sir Edward while hurt by such unfair criticism, returns again and again.

Over the last five years KBI has conducted several medical missions to the Philippine Islands. After one recent visit Bantay BATA 163 Television reported, "(These are) boxes and boxes of (surplus) medicines and medical supplies and equipment worth millions of dollars that would have been left in warehouses of United States hospitals (or sent) down to the incinerator. Thanks to Sir Edward Artis these have just found their way to small hospitals and health centers in the far-flung provincial areas of the Philippine Islands."

Noted Philippine Senator Ramon Magsaysay, Jr., "This (supplies) will give country hospitals and the poor a lot of good, high standard equipment to practice good medicine at a very low cost."

In the summer of 2004 Sir Edward was delivering additional medical supplies in the poor regions of Sulu Province in the Southern Philippines when, at age 59 he suffered a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed over muddy and rutted roads late at night to the Jolo Provincial Hospital where he was laid on a gurney he delivered during a previous visit. There he died--for a full two minutes, before medical equipment from that same previous visit re-started his heart. "My life was saved by the very equipment I brought to the Philippines to help others," he told me. "Talk about KARMA!"

"We're not heroes, we're simply doing what's right," says Ed. There has never been a better time than right now for chivalry--for good men and women to step forward. We'll go where others don't or won't. We'd rather do something, instead of sitting on our hands and complaining about what we see going on. If you call yourself a good person, and you're not doing something to help somebody else, you're a fraud."[iii]

Says Walt Ratterman, a member of KBI who has joined Sir Edward and Dr. Laws on many of their missions of mercy as well as mounting missions of his own now, "People need to get out of this country and open their eyes--and most people don't. This kind of work has opened my eyes.

Sir Edward Artis (L) and Dr. Sir James Laws (R) deliver supplies to needy Afghan villagers in 2001.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: In 2006 the story of Sir Edward Artis, Dr. Sir James Laws, and Sir Walt Ratterman was released in a moving documentary titled "Beyond the Call."  Produced and directed by Academy Award nominated Filmmaker Adrian Belic, you can order online from .

[i] Helitzer, Mel & Morrie, It's Never Too Late to Plant a Tree, University Sports Press, Athens , Ohio , 2003, p. 189

[ii] Beyond the Call, Adrian Belic, 2006

[iii] Helitzer, ibib


The Defining Generation: Copyright 2006 by Doug and Pam Sterner
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Cover & Introduction
Out With the Old
     The Defining Generation

I. - Defining the New
     John Fitzgerald Kennedy
     Roger H.C. Donlon
     Robert Robin Moore
     Barry Sadler
     The Green Beret

II. - Defining Equality
     When Worlds Collide
     Dr. Martin Luther King
     Jimmy Stanford & Vince Yrineo
     Milton Lee Olive, III
     Specialist Lawrence Joel
     Sammy Lee Davis
     Black MOH Recipients - Vietnam War

III. - Defining the Role of the Sexes
     Evolution of a Husband
     Remember the Ladies
     Rosie the Riveter
     Dr. Marguerite Guzman Bouvard
     Linda G. Alvarado
     Karen Irene Offutt
     Women in Military Service
     Lieutenant General Carol Mutter
     The Modern Woman in Combat
IV. - Defining Human Rights
     My Brother's Keeper
     Who is My Brother
     Christopher Dodd & Christopher Shays
     Peace Corps Politicians (Memories)
     Don Bendell
     Sir Edward Artis
     General Colin L. Powell

V. - Defining Entertainment
     Life Imitating Art
     Troubled Waters
     Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
     Brian's Song
     All in the Family
     Adrian Cronauer

VI. - Defining Dissent

     From Berkeley With Love
     The Pen and the Sword
     General David Shoup
     Muhammad Ali
     John Forbes Kerry

VII. - Defining the Future of Politics
     An Act of Congress
     All Politics is....Hereditary?
     Hillary Rodham Clinton
     Condoleezza Rice
     James Henry Webb
The next Section is scheduled for posting on May 20, 2011
VIII. - Defining Memories
     Jaime Pacheco
     The Glory of their Deeds
     Jan Scruggs
     Delbert Schmeling
     Peter C. Lemon

The authors extend our thanks to the following who granted personal interviews for this work
: Roger Donlon (MOH), Robin Moore, Don Bendell, Jimmy Stanford, Vince Yrineo, Sammy L. Davis (MOH), Linda Alvarado, Karen Offutt, Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, Sir Edward Artis, General Colin L. Powell, Katharine Houghton, Adrian Cronauer, Jan Scruggs, Delbert Schmeling, and Peter Lemon (MOH).
Our thanks to the staff of the following who either wrote or allowed reprint of their own works for this book: Dr. Marguerite Guzman Bouvard, Don Bendell, Congressman Sam Farr, Congressman Thomas Petri, Congressman Mike Honda, Congressman Jim Walsh, Governor Jim Doyle, and Scott Baron.
Our special thanks also to the staff of the following who provided information and fact-checked the chapters related to their subject: Staff of Senator John Kerry, Staff of (then) Senator Hillary Clinton, Staff of Senator Jim Webb
A SPECIAL THANKS also to Dr. Marguerite Guzman Bouvard for his assistance in writing and editing the entire section on the Role of the Sexes.


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