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Many of the HERO STORIES, history, citations and other information detailed in this website are, at least for now, available in PRINT or DIGITAL format from AMAZON.COM. The below comprise the nearly 4-dozen  "Home Of Heroes" books currently available.

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Medal of Honor Books

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This series of books contains the citations for ALL Medals of Honor awarded to that branch of service, with brief biographical data and photos of many of the recipients. Some of them also include citations for other awards, analysis of awards, data tables and analysis and more. These are LARGE volumes, each 8 1/2" x 11" and more than 500 pages each. Click on a book to find it on Amazon.com where you can find more details on what is contained in each book, as well as to get a free preview. Each volume is $24.95.

Heroes in the War on Terrorism

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NAVY    -  MARINES   -  AIR FORCE   - ARMY O.E.F.  - ARMY O.I.F.

These books contain the citations for nearly all of the awards of the Silve Star and higher to members of each branch of service in the War on Terrorism. Books include photos of most recipients, some biographical data, analysis of awards by rank, unit, date, and more.

ENCYCLOPEDIA of AMERICAN MILITARY HEROES

With the 5 Medal of Honor volumes above, these compilations comprise a virtual 28-volume ENCYCLOPEDIA of decorated American heroes(15,000 pages)  with award citations, history, tables & analysis, and detailed indexes of ACEs, FLAG OFFICERS, and more. (Click on any book to see it in Amazon.com - $24.95 Each Volume)

United States Army Heroes

Distinguished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Medals
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United States Navy Heroes

Navy Cross Silver Star Navy Corpsmen
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1915 - 1941 WWII Korea - Present WWII

United States Marine Corps Heroes

Navy Cross Silver Star
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1915 - WWII Korea - Present 1900 - 1941 WWII 1947 - Korea Vietnam - Present

WINGS OF VALOR
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The Defining Generation
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News From The Past

Albuquerque Tribune
October 12, 2002

Rocco's name will now ring 
in the old field where he romped

By Kate Nelson

Richard Rocco remembers playing little-boy baseball on a patch of barren dirt in the South Valley.

A lumber company provided uniforms and mitts - but only for the kids who were good enough to make the team.

"I was never good enough to make the team," he says.

But he became good enough at something far more important - important enough to have that park now bear his name.

During a ceremony today at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a committee of Vietnam veterans will announce the Richard Rocco Medal of Honor Park.

Rocco, who has terminal cancer in his lungs and spine, was planning to travel from his San Antonio, Texas, home to attend today's ceremony with his wife, Maria.

The park sits next to the Westside Community Center at 1250 Isleta Blvd. S.W. The committee has arranged to have a large stone monument engraved with a passage from Rocco's Medal of Honor citation.

Farmington artist Steven Meyers is creating a bust of Rocco to be placed in the old Armijo School that Rocco once attended.

Rocco is the only New Mexican to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam while living. It is the military's highest honor, one that requires even generals to salute those who wear it.

The committee hopes to raise about $12,000 to pay for the monument, the bust and a Richard Rocco scholarship. If all goes well, a ceremony dedicating the park will be held in November.

And if all goes even better, Rocco will still be beating the cancer and attend that ceremony as well. Not to honor himself, but to honor all veterans.

Lanny Tonning, a member of the park committee, noted that New Mexico unfailingly answers the nation's call.

"We're always beating ourselves up about being number 49 in everything," he said. "But we're in the top five for military service.

"We want kids who go to this park to understand that there is a history of people who've served their country. Richard Rocco's town needs to know about Richard Rocco."

 

 

 

2002, by Albuquerque Tribune News
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