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The Medal of Honor is the military's highest and most prestigious decoration and is awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces who "distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty."
During World War II, no U.S. unit would produce more Medal of Honor recipients than the Army's Third Infantry Division, and my guest profiles four of those recipients — Maurice Britt, Michael Daly, Keith Ware, and the famous Audie Murphy — in his new book Against All Odds: A True Story of Ultimate Courage and Survival in World War II. Today on the show, Alex explains how the prodigiousness of the Third Infantry Division was due to effective leadership, and the sheer fact that they were in combat so long, serving from the very beginning of the war in Europe to its very end. We then get into the stories of Britt, Daly, Ware, and Murphy, unpacking their varied backgrounds, how they earned their Medals of Honor — and many more decorations besides — and what their lives were like after the war. We end our conversation with what Alex has personally taken away from the stories of these brave men.
Resources Related to the Podcast
- Third Infantry Division
- Maurice Britt's Medal of Honor Citation
- Michael Daly's Medal of Honor Citation
- Keith Ware's Medal of Honor Citation
- Audie Murphy's Medal of Honor Citation
- AoM Article: Lessons in Manliness from Byron “Whizzer” White
- General Alexander Patch
- Audie Murphy's To Hell and Back — the book and film
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