Conquering Heroes

Conquering Heroes

by Rick McElroy


Publisher Page Publishing, Inc.

Published in Literature & Fiction/Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description

This is a fictional account of covert operations in Laos during the Vietnam War. It is action-packed, funny and will bring the reader to tears.

Sample Chapter


There is one assurance of existence; we all will give up the ghost. We will pass gently, violently, in obscurity, or with others to the great beyond. For sure, all of us will pass on. All will leave a legacy, maybe brilliant, formidable, or simple, but nevertheless a heritage. Some will pass in times of peace. A number will go during conflict, at war; war fought for a just cause, or not, but fought they are, and will continue until the end of time.

Countless warriors will depart this life in battles raging, or during the calm between the madness, lying on battlefields, injured, mortally wounded; or in hospitals far from their homeland, even as prisoners of war. Some silently pass, forgotten, unknown, lost, and recognized only by family. Those lucky enough to die for the cause are honored, and heralded as heroes in their own right. They receive an eternal rest, even joy, with their names emblazoned on monuments for time, and eternity.

Those who return from the ravages of conflict, alive, carry with them remembrances; moments in time of comforting injured comrades, and providing relief in final moments to their brothers, and sisters, immortalizing their last breath. That sparkle of time remains close in the hearts of the accessible heroes, as they clutch that image and emotion until, in turn, they receive their final reward.

Some who come home ask, “Why me?” and retreat into denial, self-pity, addictions, abuse, homelessness, or a state of helplessness. Others say, “Why not me.” as true fighters, leaving battlefields on land or sea, even in the air, to carry-on, press forward never allowing that image or remembrance to be forgotten. It finds a place in their psyche, a protected spot, beneath the terror, the pain, scream-laden nightmares, broken marriages, and endless restlessness; even hidden in stupors. There is a contentment and peace beneath the horror of war that comes with a resolution to never let the memory fade for those who have fallen. It is in commemoration those who return can live again.

In your travels, you may notice a flag rippling in a calm breeze posted to a simple home, in anywhere, United States. Know that an American military veteran resides within; get out of your car. Knock on the door, and shake the hand of a memory in time, a true conquering hero. Give a hug of gratitude to ease the burden for them and those, whom they will never forget. They will thank you and say,” It’s my pleasure, and I would do it again in a second “and bow on a make-shift cane, saluting through arthritic age, and smiling humbly as a solitary tear traces its path to the heart of warrior.


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Author Profile

Rick McElroy

Rick McElroy

Rick is a veteran of the United States Navy. He was a successful primary and preschool public educator of inner-city, at-risk children for twenty years. He obtained his Doctorate and taught as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education. Since then he now owns and operates a very successful construction business. He resides in Missouri and loves it. He has a wonderful eternal companion, Brenda with nine children, thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren altogether. He enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking and sitting on the porch with Brenda. Rick continues writing and has two more novels awaiting publication with three children's books available.

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