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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


January 23, 2004

 

 

Perot aids ailing Medal of Honor winner

By GARY REAVES / WFAA-TV

The word hero gets used a lot these days, but very few earn the nation's highest award: the Congressional Medal of Honor.

One winner of this prestigious honor is now recovering in the Dallas Veterans' Administration Hospital. The story of how he got there is a tribute to a North Texas man that this veteran believes is also a true hero.

Former Marine Pvt. Raymond Michael Clausen prefers to be called "Mike."

"Everytime they called me Raymond, I was in trouble," he said, smiling. "The only one to call me Raymond - and I wasn't in trouble - was President Nixon."

That was the day Clausen received the Congressional Medal of Honor for risking his life in Vietnam. He saved an entire platoon that was trapped, under fire, in a mine field.

"The pilot kept telling me, 'no, no, you stay on this aircraft, everybody stay on this aircraft, nobody get off this aircraft,' but I was already gone," Clausen said. "I said 'to hell with it ... we've got to get these guys out.'"

Clausen was crew chief on a CH-46 helicopter. On the ground, 20 Marines were surrounded - 11 of them already wounded. Clausen repeatedly left the safety of the chopper to get them home alive.

"I ran over there (and) picked up the guys that couldn't walk," Clausen said. "The ones that could walk were under the assumption I knew where the mines were, obviously, and they followed every footstep I made back to the helicopter."

Clausen never much like being called a hero, but he said over time he got used to it. In his mind, however, the real hero is Ross Perot - the man, he says, who saved his life.

Perot's legendary efforts on behalf of veterans have taken him to Vietnam and beyond. When Dallas held a parade for veterans of the first Gulf War, Perot flew in Medal of Honor winners, including Clausen. Now, however, Clausen suffers from Hepatitis C and Diabetes, which he said he got from Agent Orange in Vietnam.

Somehow, Perot heard that Clausen was getting inadequate care at his home near New Orleans.

"A couple of days later, (Perot) called me and said he was sending his plane to pick me up at the Hammond Airport," Clausen said.

At Dallas' Zale Lipshy Hospital, doctors did dozens of tests and a skin graft. Now, Clausen is recuperating at the Veterans' Administration Hospital.

Perot asked News 8 not to focus this story on him, but on Claussen, saying "what I did for him is insignificant compared to what he did for us."

So did Clausen do it because he wanted to be brave, or a hero?

"No," he said firmly. "I did it because there were troops out in the field that needed help getting out - brother Marines, if you want to call them that. We were all the same, all brothers."

And thanks to a friend, Clausen is one more brother who'll go home alive.

 

 

2004, by WFFA.com
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