Beyond Valor by Jon Erwin & William Doyle is the true story following a war hero during World War 2.
Beyond Valor is one soldier’s extraordinary tale of bravery, heroism, faith, and devotion.
On April 12, 1945, a fleet of American B-29 bombers flew toward Japan. Their mission was simple: stop World War II by burning the cities, factories, and military bases of the Japanese empire, thereby forcing an unconditional surrender. Yet the mission did not go as planned. On board one of the B-29s, the City of Los Angeles, a phosphorus bomb detonated inside the plane. Staff Sergeant Henry E. “Red” Erwin absorbed the blast of burning phosphorus yet managed to throw overboard the still-flaming bomb, before collapsing from the third-degree burns over much of his body.
Breaking protocol, the plane diverted to a military hospital at Iwo Jima. President Truman quickly ordered that Erwin be awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest honor of the American military, before the young airman died of his wounds. There was just one problem: no Medals of Honor were available in the entire Pacific theater. General Curtis LeMay dispatched a squad of airmen on a 1,000-mile mission to smash their way into a display case and steal a medal to give to Erwin before time ran out.
Meanwhile, Red’s courageous young bride set out on her own mission, one of against-all-odds healing. Her success would determine the fate of the twenty-three-year-old warrior–and years later make possible the birth of the book’s author: their grandson, Jon Erwin.
Drawn from in-depth interviews with eyewitnesses and deep archival research, Beyond Valor is an extraordinary tale of bravery, heroism, faith, and devotion.”
If you love military stories, nonfiction heroes, and the power of family, this book is exactly what you need.
In this story, we get the remarkable backstory of the author’s grandfather during one of the most tragic yet heroic moments of his life; all surrounding one flight, one bomb, and a group of soldiers.
This is one of those books that sticks with you off the page. You’ll fly through it without knowing as the words hit you full force. I really enjoyed how this isn’t just a war story, but one including the perspective of the family throughout the journey. It gave the onlooking perspective of mystery and awe.
Overall, this was a fast read that will leave you thinking about the broader world. If you love war history, heart-clenching survivals, and emotional recoveries, I highly recommend this one! A solid 4 out of 5 stars.
Published: 18 August 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Adult Nonfiction / Military
How I Read It: Hardback from TLC Book Tours
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
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