What Is A Hero?
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To Random House Editorial Review Board:
What is a hero? Everyone's vision is somewhat different. To me, a hero is someone whom I can look up to as a role model for something he or she has accomplished. These might include tasks that were performed with bravery and unselfishness. This is why I propose to you to enter into Tom Brokaw’s new book titled, The Millenium Generation, a person who had shown those around him his courageousness; he is also someone who risked his life to help others. This person is my grandfather, (name).
Born in a time when luxuries were minimal, my grandfather coped with the fact that he was unable to live a work-free life. Growing up during the Great Depression, he suffered. Although money was scarce, he found ways to help support his family through working long hours. As one of the fewer fortunate people who survived in this time of grievance, my grandfather, (name)was drafted into World War II at the age of 23. He was instructed to drive the ambulance during the wartime which was fought in the United States.
As head ambulette driver, (name) was required to help wounded soldiers. Taking his job very seriously, he exceeded what was required for him to do. He risked his life to rescue injured men in the line of fire. He would carry them to his ambulance and assist to their wounds there.
At the end of one battle in a European country, he stumbled upon a child who appeared to need his help. Very concerned, he inquired at the local village as to whom her family was and where they were located. After three continual days of questioning villagers, he finally located her family members. In the mean time, he took care of this child as if she was his own. As a great thanks for finding, taking care of, and returning their stranded little girl, her parents announced throughout the village what my grandfather had heroically done on behalf of their child that they thought was dead. George Angelino was awarded the Congressional medal of honor for his outstanding bravery and unwavering strength to survive and help others live during the terrible time of war.
Many people would agree with me that (name), my grandfather, was a hero. I believe that he demonstrated the true significance of the word 'hero', someone whom you can look up to as a role model for what he or she had accomplished. This why I am convinced he deserves recognition in a book which describes heroes, because he truly is one.