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Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War Hardcover – Illustrated, 28 May 2019

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  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062937480
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062937483
  • Customer reviews:
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“Lambert landed on [Omaha Beach] as a 23-year-old Army medic with his brother Bill. Only seven of the 31 soldiers on Mr. Lambert’s landing craft survived. As the bullets cut down his comrades, he raced repeatedly back into the sea to drag out wounded soldiers.” -- New York Times

“[Lambert] was able to save well more than a dozen lives thanks to his bravery, skill and presence of mind. . . . The responsibility he felt for those men on Omaha Beach 75 years ago has never left Ray Lambert, and it never will.” -- Smithsonian

“Lambert is nothing short of miraculous. … Reading Lambert’s account is like sitting at your grandfather’s feet and hearing some of the best tales you’ll ever know. All Americans owe Lambert gratitude for his service and sacrifice, and for sharing his memories.” -- Booklist, STARRED review

“Gripping. … This excellent memoir stands out. … A treasure trove of details about WWII.” -- Publishers Weekly

“At 98, Lambert, who earned a Silver Star and multiple Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts, is still around to tell his story. Readers will be grateful. … Lambert’s narrative flows smoothly throughout, clearly showing the author’s heroism.” -- Kirkus Reviews

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Seventy-five years ago, he hit Omaha Beach with the first wave. Now Ray Lambert, ninety-eight years old, delivers one of the most remarkable memoirs of our time, a tour-de-force of remembrance evoking his role as a decorated World War II medic who risked his life to save the heroes of D-Day.

At five a.m. on June 6, 1944, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ray Lambert worked his way through a throng of nervous soldiers to the windswept deck of a troopship off the coast of Normandy, France. A familiar voice cut through the wind and rumble of the ship's engines. "Ray!" called his brother, Bill. Ray, head of a medical team for the First Division's famed 16th Infantry Regiment, had already won a Silver Star in 1943 for running through German lines to save trapped men, one of countless rescues he'd made in North Africa and Sicily.

"This is going to be the worst yet," Ray told his brother, who served alongside him throughout the war.

"If I don't make it," said Bill, "take care of my family."

"I will," said Ray. He thought about his wife and son--a boy he had yet to see. "Same for me." The words were barely out of Ray's mouth when a shout came from below.

To the landing craft!

The brothers parted. Their destinies lay ten miles away, on the bloodiest shore of Normandy, a plot of Omaha Beach ironically code-named "Easy Red."

Less than five hours later, after saving dozens of lives and being wounded at least three separate times, Ray would lose consciousness in the shallow water of the beach under heavy fire. He would wake on the deck of a landing ship to find his battered brother clinging to life next to him.

Every Man a Hero is the unforgettable story not only of what happened in the incredible and desperate hours on Omaha Beach, but of the bravery and courage that preceded them, throughout the Second World War--from the sands of Africa, through the treacherous mountain passes of Sicily, and beyond to the greatest military victory the world has ever known.

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Shenandoah Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I found this book
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Tom Demerly
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably Personal and Vivid Accounting of Heroism and Sacrifice, Beautifully Written.
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I've been looking for time to share the story behind this picture from the Big Red One Reunion. I was honored to have my picture taken with this 98 yr. old gentlemen. I was the lucky person at our table who received his just-released book EVERY MAN A HERO by Ray Lambert. The book is his memories of D-Day. He was a medic in the first wave at Omaha Beach. To my Alabama friends, you will enjoy his account of growing up in Clanton, AL area. The book is well written and very interesting. His account of the brave men who landed on Omaha Beach is riveting. The way he explained why he thought the US often lost early battles was because they hadn't learned war. "It's more than shooting someone. It's not something you learn in your head, not a math equation or an instruction about how to wire up a switch. It's knowledge you need to get into your bones, into your heart. It's a harsh thing, but without it, you and your friends are dead, your battle is lost, and what you came to fight is forfeited." I think only those who have experienced war can understand, the rest of us can attempt to understand and express our appreciation for their sacrifice.
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