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Uncommon Hero: The John Seagraves Story

Uncommon Hero: The John Seagraves Story by David Seagraves 0985055596 9780985055592
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Uncommon Hero: The John Seagraves Storyinvolves the life of one African-American youngster, who during his rise from poverty to prosperity, encounters a heroic moment that defines his lifetime. Author David Seagraves chronicles the life of his father from Johns upbringing as a poor Southern youngster, through his exploits in the Navy during WWII, to a successful entrepreneur and present day world traveler still quite active in his late-80s. Courage overcame his lack of education, social barriers, and lowly expectations opening doors to opportunities which helped shape and characterize him throughout his life.

John served on Battleship USS North Carolina, the most successful and highly decorated battleship in U.S. Navy history. Over and above their individual duties, he and his gun crew volunteered to defend the ship with complete disregard for their own safety. On April 14, 1945, the 18-year-old sailor and his gun crew defended the ship from an attack which caught everyone else by surprise. Being the first gun group to spot and target a kamikaze plane headed directly toward them, John fired upon the deadly plane, downing the aircraft just 30 feet from the battleship. This isolated act saved untold lives and the ships legacy under the most severe circumstances.

In a collision of American, African American and Navy history, John holds center stage having impacted the lives of many people before, during and after the war. The family man, with a tireless work ethic and drive to succeed, faced obstacles in the South and during WWII with enthusiasm, relocated and started a family in the North after the war, and found prosperity sharing his passion with the world. He continues to live a vibrant life as a restaurant owner.

Uncommon Herohas been authored as a cathartic tribute, first, commemorating the man who came from nothing with an unknown past and whose powerful will created the life he wanted, second, offering insight into the core values that still inspire David. The book reveals traits, honed during wartime, which made his father a strong leader. While Johns story drives the book, the lessons underlying his actions provide a blueprint for a path to wealth for younger generations.

Author: David Seagraves

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 372

Publisher: Pro Planning Corporation

Publication Date: 2019-09-03

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