Beyond Valor
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.

Beyond Valor Details

TitleBeyond Valor
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 18th, 2020
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139781400216833
Rating
GenreNonfiction, History, War, Military Fiction

Beyond Valor Review

  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I received a final edition, early release copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review."...heroism isn't born in a moment but in the lifetime leading up to that moment. Whatever is in the character of these heroes manifests itself in moments of extreme pressure, and acts of courage, like Medal of Honor actions, are often acts of pure self-sacrifice and love." -pg 159This is a top notch story with a lot to love. The story itself is definitely a 4-5 star one and is s I received a final edition, early release copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review."...heroism isn't born in a moment but in the lifetime leading up to that moment. Whatever is in the character of these heroes manifests itself in moments of extreme pressure, and acts of courage, like Medal of Honor actions, are often acts of pure self-sacrifice and love." -pg 159This is a top notch story with a lot to love. The story itself is definitely a 4-5 star one and is so much more than the synopsis reveals. Yes, the basic premise is the event that led to Henry "Red" Erwin's receipt of the Medal of Honor, an event that occurs during the highly successful and devastating blow to Japan in WWII. Operation Meetinghouse was the low altitude, single formation, nighttime air raid on Tokyo - it is during this raid that a phosphorus bomb gets stuck in the chute and blows back in Red's face setting him on fire and filling the cockpit with smoke. However it is all of the details within and around that event that really captured my attention. I don't particularly enjoy combat novels, and so I was a little reluctant to read this one, but while there, it is not a ton of actual combat and I thought what was there was very engaging. I found all the other tidbits of history extremely interesting and the author really digs into what the Medal of Honor means and how it impacts those few who survive and receive it - mentally and socially.There are a lot of interesting facts on the creation of the B29 planes used in WWII and some of the problems faced with bombing due to the jet stream at such a high elevation. There is a discussion of civilian killing in wartime that I found extremely engaging. There is some background into the American victory at Iwo Jima and the direct purpose for wanting to take Iwo Jima that I was unaware of - and some discussion as to whether or not that was worth the American lives lost. Yet it was that victory which ultimately led to saving Red's life because there was an American war hospital that had just been put into place that he was able to be taken to. Because I am a scientist, the most fascinating aspect of this novel for me was how phosphorus bombs work and the chemical reaction of phosphorus and oxygen and what that meant for Red who had the phosphorus burned into his skin. The medical aspect of burn treatment and the evolution of that treatment from 1945 through the present was also discussed.There is a large Christian and faith-based element to this story as well. For the most part the religious aspect was well incorporated and relevant. There was only one point where I thought it got to be a little much.Unfortunately, as good as the story was, the writing was not great. There were some weird, unrelated facts "thrown into" the story that I thought were unnecessary with the most bothersome being the mention of FDR's mistress. It served absolutely no purpose but to slander FDR in my opinion. There was also SO MUCH repetitiveness and repeating of EXACT phrases, sentences and quotes. I actually think the author may have been cutting and pasting because there was so much of this. It should be noted that the author is the grandson of Red Erwin and he is not necessarily a writer, but a film director. The author's bio does indicate this story is being developed into a major motion picture.
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  • Thelma Fountain
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. This is a very moving true story about a WWll medal of honor recipient. Red Erwin's bravery is almost beyond comprehension The story is told by his grandson. Red Erwin's grandson decided to learn more about his grandfather after his passing. Often we take the people in our lives for granted and fail to learn their histories until its to late to talk to them about it. This book shows that some stories are really worth taking the time to listen to and ask q I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. This is a very moving true story about a WWll medal of honor recipient. Red Erwin's bravery is almost beyond comprehension The story is told by his grandson. Red Erwin's grandson decided to learn more about his grandfather after his passing. Often we take the people in our lives for granted and fail to learn their histories until its to late to talk to them about it. This book shows that some stories are really worth taking the time to listen to and ask questions. This book was more than just a story however I learned a lot about WWll aircraft. This book was well researched. It was a good personal story but also contained a lot of historical information about the building of aircraft and problems pilots faced flying in the south Pacific theater. Most of the WWll books I have read are set in Europe. I enjoyed learning more about the war in the Pacific. I like books that focus on a real hero although there is nothing wrong with historical fiction that has fictional characters. I just like to learn about the actual people who fought for our country.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI won this book in a Goodreads book giveaway. While I am glad that I now know the story of Red Erwin, a WW2 American War hero, I cannot say I loved the book. I felt like the author couldn't decide if he was writing a American History text book, or a biography. I would have preferred the biography. I loved reading the human story behind Henry "Red" Erwin. He was an extraordinary man. I disliked the tedious history lesson on airplanes, bombs,etc.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting story about Staff Sergeant Henry E. "Red" Erwin who was severely burned by a burning phosphorous bomb inside a B29 bomber heading on a bombing raid to Japan. The bomber broke protocol and went to a hospital in Iwo Jima to help Erwin. He later won the Medal of Honor.
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  • Lorna
    January 1, 1970
    This was an excellent account of one airman's heroic action to save himself and his fellow crew from certain death. His miraculous recovery must have had Divine intervention
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