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Profiles of Valor: Audie Murphy

May 22, 2023 by


“Just hold the phone and I’ll let you talk to one of the bastards.” MARK ALEXANDER MORE ESSAYS Born the seventh of 12 children in a sharecropper family in Hunt County, Texas, Audie Murphy dropped out of school in fifth grade in order to pick cotton for a dollar a day. His was a hard […]

Profiles of Valor: MSgt Roy P. Benavidez

April 28, 2023 by


Call sign “Tango Mike Mike” — “That Mean Mexican”! MARK ALEXANDER MORE ESSAYS On February 24, 1981, President Ronald Reagan presented the Medal of Honor to Army Master Sergeant Raul “Roy” P. Benavidez, a special operations legend. Benavidez was a Texas native. His father was a Mexican-born American farmer and his mother a Yaqui Native American. Both parents died […]

America’s Real Heroes — Models of Service and Sacrifice

March 24, 2022 by


Mark Alexander  ~ “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity … at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.” ~   “There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” —Alexander Hamilton (1775) In a recent column, I noted that, despite all […]