The Medal is another fact based fiction which follows a young man into the army or face prison for something a group of his friend did. Once in, Private John Allen does not seem to adjust to military order and discipline. He finds that perhaps prison might have been better but then he would not have the opportunity to get a specific military medal he wants to honor his favorite Uncle. Private Allen finds himself serving thirty days in a stockade for AWOL. There he meets a Military Policeman and learns some of the traditions and rules of the army and comes away with a complete attitude adjustment.
Private Allen now wants to be a MP and succeeds in getting approval. Immediately after graduation he is assigned to Vietnam where he learns a form of defensive martial arts and although not used there he hones his skills. Promoted to Private First Class he works in town on patrol where he identifies and wars a large group of people about a bomb. For this he is awarded a Commendation Medal but does not have sufficient time to be recommended the Good Conduct Medal which is the one he really wants. He is transferred to a new post in Detroit Michigan where he performs a heroic deed and is nominated for a Soldiers Medal for life saving, unfortunately he also fails to honor a man who should be honored and because of that again is not recommended to receive the Good conduct medal.
Another new assignment where he performs outstandingly is at Fort Riley Kansas.In answering a call of a disturbance at the Base Club he is forced to use his defensive martial art skill and unfortunately injures two drunk sergeants. Command feels his actions were the use of excessive force and holds up the presentation of the Soldiers Medal and His coveted Good Conduct medal..
Corporal Allen now has to face the form of military justice which does not always work.
The Medal, 227 pages, $12.50
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