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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 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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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.


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 - $24.95 Each Volume)

United States Army Heroes

Distinguished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Medals
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1873 - 1941 Korea Vietnam 1862 - 1960 RVN - Present

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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The Defining Generation
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September 9, 2001

The Pueblo Chieftain Online

More wartime dropouts may get diplomas

The Pueblo Chieftain

Bob Collyer remembers how honored he felt when, after dropping out of high school in 1943 to fight in World War II, his alma mater saw fit nearly 30 years later to award him his diploma.

Of course, by then he had returned from the war, received his GED certificate, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, and was teaching at Centennial.

Today, the state Veterans Affairs board hopes schools across the state follow the lead of Centennial and others in bringing back their war-year students to give them their diplomas.

The diplomas should go to any qualifying vet regardless of whether they ever returned in school, board chairman Doug Sterner of Pueblo said.

"They got their education defending America," Sterner said.

On Friday, the Veterans Affairs board announced a partnership with the state Department of Education, area schools and Congressman Scott McInnis for the initiation of "Operation Recognition."

The setting for the announcement was Heroes Plaza outside the Pueblo Convention Center. Nearby, a local radio station was conducting a fund-raiser for victims of this week's terrorist strikes on the U.S.

The announcement date was initially selected because it was "Star-Spangled Banner Day." Organizers opted to go forward in show of support of the nation's military, board chairman Doug Sterner of Pueblo said.

"We felt at a moment like this, it's very appropriate," Sterner said.

Collyer urged all Colorado veterans who qualify to take part. Even though his case was somewhat special, all of his classmates who dropped out with him to enlist are equally deserving, he said.

"I was ready to go. There were 38 in the same class that had the same feeling - and maybe a few others that didn't want to take second-year algebra," Collyer quipped.

Also in attendance for the kickoff ceremony was Central High School principal Jim Manzanares, whose school last year identified and honored four of its World War II dropouts.

"It was very touching moment. And all of our students were happy to honor them," Manzanares said.

In past years, schools worked individually to bestow such honors, Sterner said. The purpose of Operation Recognition is to expand the program to all schools throughout the state.

A similar program operates in four states, he said. In Colorado, the high schools already signed up to participate are Central and Centennial in Pueblo, Canon City, Florence, Rye and Fowler, he said.

"We hope that will be followed by dozens more," Sterner said.

To nominate a person for such an honor or to receive more information, contact the respective high schools or a county veterans affairs office.

The program is open to any honorably discharged veteran who served in World War II between Sept. 16, 1940, and Dec. 31, 1946, attended high school between 1937 and 1946, but did not graduate.

Diplomas can also be awarded posthumously, Sterner said.

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