Living the story through listening, as opposed to watching an abreviated version on screen. Unlike reading, I felt as if I was "in" the complete story as I listened. I was in the fire fights and I had tears fall on my cheeks along with Sam when he spoke to the newly formed 55th Division Salamanders"
When Brandt gave all for General Damon. As a veteran, I knew of a Marine who survived the same action. It was a M26 frag that the VC threw back. Fortunately it was a dud. However the heroic action and thouhgts were the same. This Marine was awarded the Navy Cross, and I was proud to serve with him. Sam spoke twice; once when the 55th was originally formed and on Memorial Day after the war. Each time his feelings and expressions were honest and sincere and the Memorial Day speech caused me to ask myself the some of the same questions about the current situation in the Mid-East..
Not that I can recall
An ordinary mans' Honor and Courage.
I've read Once an Eagle several times, usually at critical moments in my life and it has always helped me find the Courage and Honor that at times has alluded me. I've never been able to measure up as much I'd like, but Sam Damon has always been able to "ground me" and help me get thru a crisis or mature in life as the need presented itself. It's been about twenty years since the last time I read the book and it continues to have a positive impact on my life. This is the first time I've listened to a reading of the book and I enjoyed it much more than the mini-series. Although Sam Elliot did a wonderful job, like all movies from a novel, a lot had to be left out. Not so with the audio version. I really felt the emotion and sensed the feelings of Sam and all of the characters.
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