The dictionary definition of teammate is a fellow member of a team. Pat Tillman knew how to be a great teammate for not only sports but in everything he did. Pat was born on November 6, 1976, in San Jose, California. He played football for Arizona State University after he graduated high school. Pat enlisted in the U.S. Army after he finished his football season in 2001. He later died while in action in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Tillman had a selfless conscience, modest attitude, and determined mind set throughout his life.
The book The Best War Ever, by Michael C. C. Adams, is about World War II, the events that led up to the war, and the years following the war. Adams starts the book off explaining some myths that people have about the war. The biggest myth associated with the war is that it was the best war ever. Adams then spends the rest of the book talking about why this may or may not be true. In the following chapters, Adams explains the events that led to the war and the events that accorded during World War II. Italy, Japan, and Germany all took actions that made them the aggressors for the war. The war did not start because of one event. It was caused by events that happened over a long period of time by many imperfect people. From the American perspective,
While commendable leaders obtain valuable intellect, and attentiveness, they also possess the ability to look past their setbacks with exemplary motivation, encouraging their soldiers to prevail. General Lee and Colonel Chamberlain are two prominent Confederate and Union leaders featured within the novel, that inspire their soldiers to persevere through the challenging situations that take place throughout the duration of the work. Both of these individuals, though different, contain the congruent belief that their soldiers are superlative, and therefore can win the war for their cause. In the novel, the author, Michael, depicts General Robert E. Lee as a commander who believes immensely in his soldiers, making them have confidence in him as
In the novel the Running Man the author, Michael Bauer, captures the experiences of a marginalised character, Tom Leyton. The main characters of this novel are Joseph and Tom Leyton. The author reveals what occurred to a Vietnam war veteran, Tom Leyton after the Vietnam war, as well as how he was excluded from society because he had post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Tom was shut out from society because of his illness.The author represents this through isolation, marginalisation and experiences of torment in society.
In the fantastic book, Code of Honor by Alan Gratz, Kamran Smith is the star running-back on his high school football team. Kamran was going to go to West Point for college, just like his brother Darius. But Darius has different ideas. On the news, the Army Ranger, Darius Smith, is seen attacking a U.S. embassy. This is how Kamran Smith’s life takes a turn for the worse, but this is also how we get to see how Kamran does what he can to clear his brothers name by being the bravest of the brave, the smartest of the smart, and the loyalist of the loyal.
Pat Tillman, an NFL superstar who gave it all up to defend our country, embodied the American dream and more. Worked hard on and off the field he earned a comfortable life for him and his family. He not only achieved the American dream, but also gave the ultimate sacrifice of any American – his life. Because of his importance, Sports Illustrated created two different magazine covers to illustrate Pat Tillman's death.
A soldier’s heart is a past term used to describe someone with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), specifically given to someone who fought in the Civil War. Someone with a soldier’s heart experiences fear on a higher level. They may even find certain things that wouldn’t be scary to someone with a stable mind terrifying. Symptoms can be re-experiencing trauma, emotional numbness, and sheltering away from other people. After completing the book, “Soldier’s Heart,” by Gary Paulsen, I truly believe that Charley Goddard suffered from PTSD during and after fighting in the Civil War. Charley was only 15 when enlisted and had no idea what he was getting himself into. He was attracted to the high paying salary and the thought of being considered a man. Charley believed that the shooting war would be a fun adventure and the experience of a lifetime. It wasn’t
The American Revolution marked the history of many heroic events that immaculately stand as true inspirations for the generations to come in the United States. Even today, the gallantry of a few soldiers that won independence for the country is not only kept in the hearts of the people but run in the American blood to demonstrate acts of valor at times of war and hardships. One such story recorded in the history dates back to 1776, about a sixteen-year old juvenile, Joseph Plumb Martin, joined the Rebel Infantry and recorded his tribulations about forty-seven years in a memoir titled as “A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier”.
American Sniper puts an emphasis on showing the public, soldiers don’t lose any sense of humanity when joining the military. They are still civilians with a background story, who emote like everybody else on earth.With the flood of video games like Call of Duty and films such as Rambo, it’s too often the media portrays soldiers as war prone robots. Clint Eastwood seemed very determined to break any false portrayals of soldiers, manifested by the media. The backstory of Chris Kyle is he’s just a southern guy with aspirations to become a full fledge rodeo cowboy, who suddenly is compelled to enlist in the navy, after catching a glimpse of the embassy bombings on t.v. His enlistment, was for the sole purpose of defending and protecting the U.S
War is one of the most violent and primitive things ever done by man. In “My Brother Sam is Dead” by Collier and Collier, war is the focus point in the novel. The main characters consist of: Sam, Tim, and Mr.Meeker. Mr. Meeker is Sam and Tim’s father, and has certain views on politics that Sam doesn’t agree with, while Tim is unsure. Tim is torn between the gruesome realities of war and the fantasy of glory Sam is in love with. The reality of war is vain in many ways.
“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien is a short story set during the Vietnam War. In the story, O’Brien lists many different items soldiers in the Alpha Company carried with them as they humped across the rugged terrain. Many carried necessities such as rations, matches, ammunition and things of that nature; however, many soldiers also carried quite peculiar objects such as condoms, pantyhose, and M&Ms. Readers can grasp a closer insight of the characters’ lives after further examination of the symbolism and meaning of the things they carried. Three characters in this story that carried interesting belongings are Kiowa, Ted Lavender, and Jimmy Cross.
During the Vietnam War the soldiers, whether or not they wanted to be there, many of them developed mental illnesses. The things they would experience would cause burdens on them for the rest of their lives. “Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried tranquilizers until he was shot in the head outside the village of Than Khe in mid-April.” (The Things They Carried) Lavender carried tranquilizers until he died, because he was scared. This is one the effects war had on people. Due to cultural aspects these soldiers were burdened by drugs, the environment and social pressure to perform well, ultimately effecting their state of mind.
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo shows the hard work and difficult tasks the men had to go through to prove themselves and protect their country. The war will change the men’s attitudes and the way they do everything. Men made sacrifices in the Vietnam War most people would never make in a lifetime, they will not just sacrifice but push themselves physically harder than most any other men. The men will also emotionally change from constantly watching other men die, or killing other men. The mens first kill was always the hardest for them, mentally they had so many thoughts of the other mans close ones back home and what they would go through and how it would be all their fault. Men went through so many tasks during the Vietnam War physically and mentally.
In the The Things They Carried, the emotions are more than just a mental problem, they become life changing conflicts. The author of this book is Tim O’Brien. Tim O’Brien is the main character throughout the whole book. In the beginning of the book, The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien goes in depth describing what each of the men carried with them. He started with actual things having to deal with war, then talking about the emotional burdens the men carried. As the novel goes on he begins getting in touch with their emotional and physical feelings. For example, Rat Kiley, he was a well known character in the book. He began having mental breakdowns throughout the book. He had seen his best friend get blown up, and then goes into shutdown mode. Rat keeps to himself not talking as much as he did, and walking away from the other guys. In The Things They Carried. Tim O’Brien illustrates Bob Kiely’s (Rat) physical and emotional burden weighs on him to cope with war.