Thomas Lester Pugh born in Stigler, Oklahoma in 1937 to John and Cora Pugh, he was the oldest of two kids he had a sister Gene Pugh. Thomas grew up in the San Bois Mountains working on a farm with his family until the second grade when his family moved to California to follow the fruit harvest. In California I just went from one school after another out there (said Thomas Lester Pugh). The Pugh family moved back to Oklahoma to Glenpool, about 15 miles south of Tulsa, when Thomas was in the fifth grade and that’s where they settled down and stayed. In high school Thomas was pretty popular he was voted the best athlete, class vice president, “biggest wolf”, and “best dancer”. During his years of high school he loved to play basketball even though he was very short, at the height of 5’8 he liked playing it gave him a challenge, and during his four years of basketball he had a higher point average than anyone on the team. After graduating high school he was inducted into the army where he spent the next twenty-five months, where he was assigned into the artillery division, he hated everyday of it. After being released from the service he operated his own service station in Glenpool and a house moving service after his discharge in 1962. For the next ten months he ran these two little businesses but after it all settled into routine I just hated it he said (Thomas Lester Pugh). This is when Thomas took a new route in his life, on March 9, 1963, Pugh was arrested in Pryor for
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The book Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman was a biography about a true American hero by the name of Patrick Daniel Tillman who a professional football (NFL) for the Arizona Cardinals and later joined the. The books starts talking about He worked for everything he had from day one and was a big advocator about passion. After his football career he joined the army to fight in war against Al- Qaeda/ Taliban. He joined the army because of honor, patriotism, and pride. Also, because of the tragedy of 9/11, and he wanted to follow his family tradition. After joining the army, Pat kept a journal where he kept his thoughts in. After eight months of basic training, he was sent to Iraq, and Pat felt that the war was “Illegal as hell”. Going through all of the military’s protocol. He came to conclusion that the war
As stated in the thesis, Timothy O’Brien also writes his short story, “How to tell a True War Story,” in the first person narrative, although the style in which he narrates is quite different than from the style in “A & P.’’ O’Brien, who was an actual soldier in the Vietnam War takes on more of an autobiographical approach to telling his “true war story.”
The author, Tim O'Brien, is writing about an experience of a tour in the Vietnam conflict. This short story deals with inner conflicts of some individual soldiers and how they chose to deal with the realities of the Vietnam conflict, each in their own individual way as men, as soldiers.
In the short story, “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,” by Tim O’Brien, the author shows that no matter what the circumstances were, the people that were exposed to the Vietnam War were affected greatly. A very young girl named Mary Anne Bell was brought by a boyfriend to the war in Vietnam. When she arrived she was a bubbly young girl, and after a few weeks, she was transformed into a hard, mean killer.
It all began in 1968, when Tim O'brien receive a draft notice. Tim was bound for Harvard and thinks he’s too good for war. He doesn’t really want to go to Vietnam, so he decide to run away to Canada which he knew was wrong. When he got to Canada, he finds an old resort called the Tip Top Lodge. Its owner was Elroy Berdahl who O’brien says saved his life. O’Brien stays there for six days. On the last day, Elroy takes O’brien fishing in the rainy river. Elroy stopped within swimming distance to Minnesota and O’brien was faced with dilemma: jump and swim or stay. He started crying and on the other side, he sees hallucination of his family, and friends. He was too scared to jump, so Elroy steers back to the lodge. He left the next morning, drove back home, and heads to Vietnam.
Going through an era when the Vietnam War was a smash hit in your town, many high school senior boys would be drafted out if their number was on the list of people. The men drafted had to leave behind their families and aspirations. Tim O’Brien uses different perspectives in The Things They Carried to show if something tragic happens in life, consequently dealing with it may be hard. Moving on will help in the future.
Tim O'Brien originally struggled to restore the certainty of his safety by attempting to cross the border in order to protect himself from participating in the war,but he chose . An example of his struggles
The ESPN documentary called “Carry On” shares the story of Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton. Dartanyon and Leroy both have inspiring stories with many similarities. They also both had their own unique story to share. Dartanyon and Leroy both had difficult childhoods dealing with their families. Dartanyon Crockett’s mother died of an aneurysm when he was eight. At this time his father slipped under the use of drugs and alcohol and was not a supporting role of Dartanyon’s life. Like Dartanyon, Leroy also struggled with a childhood deprived of parents. Leroy’s mother was also a drug and alcohol abuser. His father was absent throughout Leroy’s youth years because he spent his days in jail. Despite all of these difficulties, they both have disabilities.
The author Wes had and accomplished goals. Specific achievements he’s made include, military school, getting acknowledged for his basketball talent, and receiving the Rhodes Scholarship. It all started when his mom decided to put him in military school. It took time for Wes to accept the military ways. Later the acceptance would cause him to actually “enjoy the school”(130). He’d work his way up from plebe to “paratrooper”(130). Wes was “one of the youngest officers in the entire United States Military”(134). It was a huge, story worthy experience for Wes. His high school sports career was astonishing too, enough for “The New York Times to run a two-page article”(130) about it. Eventually, the publication of his well-doing, “attracted colleges”(130) and gave him a chance to play with “NBA members, like Kobe Bryant”(130).
Richard Perry was a young seventeen-year-old black boy from Harlem. He did not have the money at go attend college so he decided to join the military. Perry played basketball throughout his life which resulted in a knee injury, but that did not stop him. On the way to Vietnam and at the beginning of his time there, Perry did not expect the events that were about to happen. “We spent another day lying around. It seemed to be what the war was about. Hours of boredom, seconds of terror.” (Myers 132). Perry and the rest of the men in Vietnam were put into hard positions and had to go through tough things. Perry had his friend, his leader, and was put into the hospital twice. Jenkins was the first to die among Perry’s friends. After the death he was hurt, but had to continue of and fight for his country. His lieutenant was the next of his close friends to die. Everyone was devastated about the loss of their lieutenant. The war had barely began, everyone had to still fight their hardest and not leave their guard down for anything. Many questions and prayers were spoken throughout the time in Vietnam. “I really wasn't pissed, because I knew the real
The medal of honor recipient that I am writing about is Henry Johnson. His military rank was private and his service was in World War I in the U.S. Army. He was born in Alexandria, Virginia and received his Medal of Honor in 1918. In the army, Johnson risked his life beyond the call of duty. He served as a member of Company C, the 369th Infantry Regiment, the 93d Infantry Division, and the American Expeditionary Forces. On May 15, 1918, he did combat operations against the enemy on the front of the lines of the Western Front in France. Private Johnson and some other soldiers one day woke up early in the morning to go on sentry duty at the forward outpost then they received surprise attacks from at least twelve German soldiers. When Johnson
The Vietnam War in the late 1960’s was described as a tragedy, a victory, a win, and a loss, but for whom? The millions of people who loss their lives or the millions of people who fought to save others or is it for the millions of people who had to make that decision every time that they were in battle, but as for Richard Perry, a seventeen-year-old, African American just out of a Harlem High School, had to ask that question solely to himself. Perry, a talented and bright young man put away his dreams of college and becoming a writer because of the unfortunate circumstance he is in. He lives in poverty in the slums of Harlem. His single mother is abandoned by her husband and this leaves Perry and his younger brother Kenny without a father
Jaren Taylor Humphreys grew up as the youngest child in a family of four in the state of Illinois. The Humphrey family features James Humphreys who is Jaren’s father and passed away in 2005. His father was a Seventh - day Adventist pastor. Jaren’s mother, Rene Humphreys, who is 52 years of age, is a superintendent in the Lake Region Seventh-day Adventist Conference. Jaren older brother, Austin Humphreys , 25 is a Seventh-day Adventist pastor at Burein Seventh-day Adventist in Atlanta Georgia. Jaren Humphreys the youngest child is 20 years old studying business at Southern Adventist University. The Humphrey is pretty much dispersed, as the mother lives in Chicago, while Austin lives in Atlanta, and Jaren lives in Collegedale Tennessee.
Jack Walton Taylor, a 64 year old convict in 1989, was short, bald, had a wrinkled forehead and wore glasses. Gravity had set in, and the old man walked with a stoop. Taylor was friendly and yet; hauntingly implausible.
Harold Krebs is a man who has gone through a life-changing event and has experienced many consequences made by his own choices and decisions. He then has to come to the understanding that he has to try and rebuild his life as he knew it. Things weren’t working out at his family’s house so he decided to move to Kansas City where he would get a job. This war was a hundred years ago and Krebs came back and had no clue what to do with his life when he got back. The