From Bunker Hill to Baghdad
True Stories of America's Veterans
by Patrick Mendoza
February 2014, 176pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59884-466-5
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Pat Mendoza gives voice and recognition to everyday heroes’ stories. The tales he recounts from the known and unknown individuals who have fought our country’s wars need to be heard.

These compelling, enlightening, and often highly personal experiences tell stories of average citizens as well as historical figures who made huge sacrifices by serving in the military, giving the reader new perspectives on war, and its real costs.

Wars are generally started by those holding power—those whose names are recorded in history books—yet they are fought by the average citizen. In wartime, a single person’s action can change the course of history. From Bunker Hill to Baghdad: True Stories of America’s Veterans presents stories told by just a handful of the limitless number of men and women who put their lives on the line for the lives of others in every major American military conflict from the Revolutionary War to the present. A fantastic resource for storytellers, this collection can also be used for student research as well as for read-alouds.

Many of the informative, entertaining, and uplifting stories in this book are derived from the interviews author and storyteller Pat Mendoza conducted with veterans or family members of veterans during his travels throughout the United States. The book introduces general readers and those interested in the experiences of war veterans to a diverse selection of individuals who fought in America’s wars—military service people and others—and to their amazing experiences, some of which have never been previously published. For educators who work with students in grade four to the college level, these poignant, real-life stories of American military history will serve to supplement curricula and help make their students’ studies come to life and gain meaning and relevance.


  • Provides stories from male and female veterans, family and friends, and others involved in the wartime experience throughout U.S. history, all told from a unique framework, making these tales ones that readers will find engaging and unforgettable
  • Underscores the lesson that in war—as in civilian life—oftentimes one person's decisive actions or bravery can change history and significantly affect the lives of many
  • Supplies tales with humor as well as ones that recount somber events, such as a story told by an individual who stole the president's jeep during WWII
Patrick Mendoza was an accomplished storyteller, author, and musician. He graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver (formerly Metropolitan State College) with a degree in criminology. His published works include Libraries Unlimited's Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Times: Heroes, Sheroes, and Villains and Four Great Rivers to Cross: Cheyenne History, Culture, and Traditions as well as Song of Sorrow: Massacre at Sand Creek. Mendoza was a frequent contributing story author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books.
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