What It Is Like to Go to War - Heroism Summary & Analysis

Karl Marlantes
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Heroism Summary and Analysis

Marlantes wanted to be a hero, he writes in the opening of Chapter 8, and he got what he wished for, although he hints that his recognition as a hero was not ultimately as enjoyable as he thought it would be.

Marlantes relates the story of how he received a Navy Cross, one of the highest Marine medals for bravery. His unit had been called back to the relative comfort of a base where they enjoyed hot showers and nightly movies away from the fighting. They were a backup unit, however, with their gear packed and always ready to mobilize on a moment's notice to help any combat unit that was in trouble.

The call came one day and Marlantes' unit sprang into action. They were airlifted to back up a unit in the jungle that was fighting hard to overtake a...

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