A Hero

Topics: Roy Benavidez, John McCain, Hero Pages: 3 (935 words) Published: April 2, 2013
Paul Aponte
January 25, 2013
English Literature / Expository


     A hero is defined as many things. While many people consider heroes to be larger than life figured, Christopher Reeves says that, "A hero is an ordinary person, who preserves, and endures despite overwhelming challenges". This quote analyzes an unconventional definition of a hero from Christopher Reeve's point of view. What truly makes a hero is the courage to say that, it is not one, which is the hero it is someone else. Someone else that fought and worked hard for the position to be called a hero, because he/she gave up and put everything in risk for the greater good. This can be from a dearest mother to an American soldier.

     Senator John McCain’s novel Why Courage Matters, McCain tells the story of Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez. Sergeant Benavidez went on a rescue mission to save wounded soldiers, he was the only man available to go. Carrying only a knife and a medic bag, he ran to his wounded buddies, with gunshot wounds to his leg, face and head. A helicopter landed to rescue all of the men that were stranded. Benavidez got them all on board the helicopter, but the pilot was fatally wounded, causing the helicopter to crash. He rescued all of the men from the crash and fought off the Vietnamese Army with the help of air forces. Another helicopter landed and he boarded his wounded comrades, then he got on and then fainted. Everyone thought he was dead; they placed him in a body bag. While the doctor was zipping up the bag, Benavidez spat in his face to signal he was alive. They flew him to the medics for surgery; he had seven severe gunshot wounds, twenty-eight bombing wounds, and knife wounds in both arms. When he was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Ronald Reagan, Benavidez said, “I don’t like to be called a hero. The real heroes are the ones who gave their lives for their country.” Heroes...
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