My Own Favorite Military Hero!
However, the greatest battle-scarred warrior I've, personally, ever known is United States Marine First Lieutenant Heywood Lawrence Day: Four, round, silver dollar-sized scars on his torso; ugly, twisted shrapnel wounds on his back; and a piercing bayonet wound through his left hand.
Mr. Day was the first, and (possibly) the only person in my life to demonstrate: strength, bravery, tenacity, stoicism, compassion, and kindness ALL in the same human being. He took a spoiled, soft, young boy; and by his own outstanding personal example he showed that 9 year old lad what he owed it to himself to grow up to be. ;)
I suppose Mr. Day is gone now; it's, surely, been a lot of years since I, last, saw him; but as long as I'm alive something of Mr. Day's outstanding martial character shall live on in me; and THAT is the highest personal accolade I can pay the man! :thumbsup:
ADDED: Oh, yeah, let's not forget U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, 'Bo' Gritz. Controversial? Yes. (So was Colonel Herbert.) Undoubtedly, though, another man of, both, valor AND conscience. In my experience it's always a whole lot easier to be flat-out brave than it is to be, both, brave AND conscientious.