Why I’m writing this blog: Inspirational stories of virtue
Inspirational stories of virtue tested in battle:
- Educate readers on little known or forgotten stories from military history.
- Entertain readers who share the love for military history.
- Elevate readers by sharing stories of virtue to inspire us to be better people.
To understand where I’m going with this, perhaps it may be help to start with what inspired me early in life and what brought me to writing stories about military history.
Many people view George Washington as the American example of an accomplished military and political leader. Washington’s many accomplishments are well known. George Washington was mostly self-taught. He read to accomplish goals. John Adams said that a real revolution is in the minds of people. It is through the formation of George Washington’s mind that helped the American Revolution come to pass.
Imagine being born in a concentration camp. Now imagine your family being placed there by your government only because of your cultural heritage. How would you prove your loyalty to the country that put you there? That is what happened to Vincent Okamoto and his family in 1943 at the outbreak of World War II.
Integrity in battle
On a crisp morning of an Autumn solstice, Julius led his men towards their adversary not knowing how the next day would unfold. Under intense pressure from the enemy, Julius and his men battled fiercely while forging up steep hills. It was a strange, dangerous place. Julius aimed to do what’s right when everything around him told him to do the opposite. The battle forced him to confront his fears. He was faced with hard moral choices in circumstances without the usual external restraints. Julius relied on his own inner resources to not quit and to continue on.
2nd Infantry Division north of the Chongchon River, Sergeant First Class Cleveland, weapons squad leader, points out North Korean positions to his machine gun crew. November 20, 1950.
Virtue of Compassion
There are fantastic examples of people who demonstrated the virtue of compassion over their lifetime. Stories like these are a reminder of our humanity. The help us put our own lives in context with other people we share our world with. One story is the life of Clara Barton. Her story is well told with her role in helping the wounded during the American Civil War and forming the American Red Cross. Every person can learn about the virtue of compassion from the life of Clara Barton. Here are a few highlights of her story.
Stories of virtue inspire
The power of story helps us understand what it means to be human.
Stories of virtue inspire us. They are a reminder that we aren’t the first person to experience a challenge. I recently re-read the timeless story of Benjamin Franklin to understand the challenges he faced to achieve his success. Benjamin Franklin is known for his role in forming a new country, but his life continues to inspire people today.
How to read more books
We like to read. Some of us love cuddling up to a good book to escape our busy lives or devour a book that helps us improve our career, be a better parent, or be more productive. The problem for many of us, including me, is finding the time to read more books.
Power of Perseverance
Sometimes life can be a challenge. People who overcome adversity inspire us to face our own challenges. The power of perseverance is an essential ingredient in facing challenges and for human progress. Sydney Shachnow is an inspirational example of man who demonstrated the power of perseverance over a lifetime.
Sidney Shachnow was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and raised in a Jewish family. From the ages of seven to ten, Nazis imprisoned him in the Kovno concentration camp during World War II. The camp was a ghetto initially housing over 40,000 Jewish families. Only 5% of the people survived the camp once it was liberated by the Russians in 1944.
Major General Sidney Shachnow
Stars and Stripes by Meredith Tibbetts
November 13, 2015
War History Online by Jinny McCormick
October 25, 2017