The term “hero” is thrown around so loosely. Anyone who can throw a ball, run fast or jump high is called a hero. But how do you define a real hero in this sports-crazed world? How about someone who volunteers to join the military before graduating from high school, knowing that combat is almost guaranteed? How about someone who leads men many years his senior into said battles, many times putting himself in harm’s way? How about someone who spends more than 20 years in service to his country and becomes one of the most-decorated soldiers in American Army history? Today, we’ll find out about one such hero from author Rob Lofthouse, who wrote a book about a man who fit all those descriptions.

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