'Z' Special Unit, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan; we are told by the soldiers what they did, what happened (in some very colourful terms) and what had to be done. This is the collection of their individual stories of courage and valour and for some the last time they will ever speak about it.
The main point of the book is the recognition of brave acts. Some were completely disregarded, others down-graded from high awards, and then there is the theory (justified) that some of the awards were given to coincide with certain political agendas. No-one claims these men and those who fought and supported with them did anything not amazingly courageous. They are heroes. It's the hierarchy and the government that have screwed around; refusing soldiers to accept foreign awards, and then making them wait decades before the soldier's deeds are recognised.
I have to say the term "winning" an award is unsettling. Winning sounds like it's all been a game, it doesn't have weight behind it. Awarded, earned, received... I'm nit-picking on this.
The one common thing linking all of these men is the fact they put down their actions as them just doing their job, it was their responsibility to protect their mates.
When you look at individuals instead of viewing the entirety of a war as dates, locations and a victory, it or really your perception is altered. You don't just see, you have empathy. In some people this may inspire great patriotism and new soldiers. In others... well, you will start with asking more questions.
I have learned more from this book than I did in my high-school history class. this, and other books that illustrates and fleshes out the individuals should be used in the school curriculum.