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By Stephen Frantzich

In 1982, Ronald Reagan invited Lenny Skutnick, the govt. worker who dove into the icy waters of the Potomac River to rescue passengers following the crash of Air Florida Flight ninety, to take a seat with First woman Nancy Reagan in the home of Representatives balcony through the nation of the Union tackle. given that that point, Reagan and next presidents have stumbled on it invaluable to acknowledge in the course of significant presidential addresses traditional electorate accountable for amazing acts of citizenship. during this booklet, Stephen Frantzich tells the attention-grabbing tales of 40 heroes who've earned this presidential acceptance and explores the bigger context of whether or not they characterize a presidential gimmick or a touchstone with the yankee spirit. Taken jointly, the tales of ways they bought there, their selection to permit themselves for use as symbols, and the influence of the popularity tells very much in regards to the presidency, politics, and the function of heroes in American society.

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Upon landing, Sergeant Trujillo saw the three other helicopters lose control and crash into one another. Immediately, and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, he ran across open terrain to the downed aircraft, exposing himself to enemy fire, flying shrapnel, and possible explosion of the burning helicopters. With only the lives of his fallen comrades in mind and while still in the open and exposed to intense automatic and small arms fire, Sergeant Trujillo began administering first aid to the critically wounded.

A few days later, Trujillo found himself in the lead helicopter in a raid against a Cuban training facility. Of the four helicopters, only his helicopter was able to land and depart. 1). 1. Silver Star Citation ✯ Gallantry in action: “Upon landing in the compound under intense enemy fire, Sergeant Trujillo assumed his defensive position and witnessed the other three helicopters losing control and crashing into one another. He immediately ran 25 meters across open terrain to the aircraft, thus exposing himself to intensive enemy fire, flying shrapnel, and the possible explosion of the burning aircraft.

The Reagan administration also saw the demand to rescue American students as an opportunity to also strike a blow against her long-time adversary, Cuba. A few days later, Trujillo found himself in the lead helicopter in a raid against a Cuban training facility. Of the four helicopters, only his helicopter was able to land and depart. 1). 1. Silver Star Citation ✯ Gallantry in action: “Upon landing in the compound under intense enemy fire, Sergeant Trujillo assumed his defensive position and witnessed the other three helicopters losing control and crashing into one another.

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