About the Book

Facts On File
September 2002
Format: Hardcover

The ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN WAR HEROES is a comprehensive compilation of those who have distinguished themselves on the fields of battle, from Paul Revere to General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

Written by a military historian with combat experience and access to records from all branches of the American military, this single-volume resource features nearly 400 entries profiling the brave men and women who fought and, in most cases, died to preserve our freedom. Many of the people selected for inclusion in this volume received one or more citations for their heroic achievements: the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, or other award. These entries include the individual’s name, rank, branch of service, and the circumstances resulting in their citations. All branches of the military—the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force—are represented, as are all ranks of service, from buck privates to four-star generals. This reference is also culturally inclusive, making special note of the heroic contributions of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans.

Entries include J. Armstrong, Revolutionary War; P.G. Beauregard, Confederate States of America (CSA), Civil War; Black Hawk, Black Hawk War; George Armstrong Custer, U.S. Army, Civil War, Indian Wars; John McCain, Jr., U.S. Navy, Vietnam War; and C. Nimitz, U.S. Navy, World War II.

About the Author
Bruce Norton

Major Bruce H. “Doc” Norton, USMC (Ret.) is a combat veteran and was a career Marine infantry and reconnaissance officer. He is an award-winning author of numerous books on and about the United States Marines. He served at various “posts and stations” throughout the Marine Corps to include duty as an infantry platoon leader, deep reconnaissance platoon leader, rifle company commander, operations and training officer, battalion executive officer, and at various joint staff positions.


Enlisting as a U.S. Navy Corpsman, he served with distinction in both 3rd Force and 1st Force Recon Companies during the Vietnam War, participating in more than thirty long-range reconnaissance patrols from 1968-1970. Both “jump” and SCUBA qualified, he was the only navy corpsman to be designated as a Force Recon team leader and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.


He is a graduate of the College of Charleston, where he earned a BA in US History, and earned a Master’s Degree in Naval Sciences before becoming the Director of the Marine Corps’ Command Museum, at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, in San Diego, California. He has taught military history courses at the University of San Diego, the Citadel, Trident Technical College, and at the Marine Corps University at Quantico, VA.


He is the recipient five San Diego Author’s Awards and the General Robert L. Denig Memorial Distinguished Service Award, presented to him by the United States Marine Corps’ Combat Correspondence Association.


Doc and his wife Helen reside on their farm in northern Virginia.

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