Acclaim for “The Quiet Hero”
“(The Quiet Hero) serves as a means of preserving the legacy of a genuine American hero, it is not just a biography; it stands as a tribute to a nation that willingly thrust its most accomplished and capable young people into harm’s way.”
“The Quiet Hero” offers an extraordinary peek into the making of one of our nation's most distinguished war heroes.”
James Bradley, Author of national bestsellers Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys
“The George Wahlen story is one of inspiration and motivation for all of us who came from humble beginnings, and made the best with what God has given us.”
Toyn has captured Wahlen's story in this riveting new book, that may be one of the greatest stories of heroism for our time.
The Quiet Hero is well worth the (time) it takes to read. When you put it down, you will have been reminded about what selfless service and courage mean.
The author uses a matter of fact style that both chronicles and explains the forces and context which shaped George's life and actions. Military history buffs and those interested in Americans who have especially meaningful lives will love this book.
"This stirring account...draws heavily upon the testimony of witnesses among other meticulously researched sources."
"This well-illustrated account of the intense battle that Wahlen and his fellow Marines went through is in stark contrast to Joe Rosenthal's calm, yet heroic photo of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi."
"The Quite Hero" gives the reader a compelling daily account of the hells of combat on Iwo Jima, 1945-one of the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history”
“Gary Toyn has effectively researched the life and heroic actions of Navy Corpsman George Whalen, weaving the young man’s personal history into a riveting and historically accurate account of his heroism at Iwo Jima.
This book is long overdue, as every American should come to know why George Wahlen earned this country’s highest honor for valor.”
Dean Keeley, Ph.D., Iwo Jima Veteran
“I’ve not seen many books that so graphically and authentically portray battle. Few war books are so well documented.
Don Norton, WWII Historian, Brigham Young University
“The Quiet Hero is a unique book about an uncommonly good man.
Rudolph T. Mueller, Fox Co., 2/26, 5th Marine Div., Rifleman
The Quiet Hero is an unforgettable story about the quintessential WWII hero. His story is inspiring and heart-wrenching, and comes at you with the intensity uncommon to most biographies.”
Robert DeGues, Fox Co., 2/26, 5th Marine Div., Corpsman
The Quiet Hero: The Untold Medal of Honor Story of George E. Wahlen at the Battle for Iwo Jima
By Gary W. Toyn, Foreword by Bob Dole
Introduction by Orrin Hatch