Senator Robert Bennett and George Wahlen – Iwo Jima Medal of Honor Recipient - featured at Marine Corps Association Event in Quantico, Virginia

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In a rare national appearance, Medal of Honor Recipient George E. Wahlen will be recognized by Senator Robert Bennett at a special Marine Corps Association Event on October 11, 2006 at 3 p.m. in Quantico, Virginia. Wahlen earned the medal on Iwo Jima, but has avoided most public appearances since receiving the medal from President Truman in 1945.

Senator Robert Bennett (R-Utah) will be a special guest at a Marine Corps Association panel discussion October 11, 2006 at 3 p.m. in Ellis Hall at MCB Quantico. Senator Bennett is attending to recognize George E. Wahlen, Medal of Honor recipient and Navy Corpsman from the battle for Iwo Jima during World War II.

Joining Wahlen on the panel will be Col. Frank Caldwell, (USMC retired) Wahlen’s company commander and one of the only front-line officers to avoid major injury on Iwo Jima. Caldwell has been featured on the History Channel, and is a frequent honoree at Marine Corps memorial events. The panel will be moderated by Gary W. Toyn, author of Wahlen’s biography “THE QUIET HERO, THE UNTOLD MEDAL OF HONOR STORY OF GEORGE E. WAHLEN AT THE BATTLE FOR IWO JIMA.” ($21.95, American Legacy Media).

The panel will discuss Wahlen’s heroic actions which earned him the nation’s highest honor. Wahlen is recognized for saving countless lives during the conflict’s most brutal period. He earned three Purple Hearts, but refused to leave the battlefield knowing his absence would leave his buddies without medical treatment. He secretly patched himself up in order the avoid evacuation. He was seen carrying men twice his size to safety. Witnesses of his heroics remain dumbfounded he even survived.

After receiving the medal from President Harry Truman, Wahlen spent almost 60 years hiding from the adulation that accompanies being a national hero. But family and friends have persuaded Wahlen to tell his story, convincing him that the events are not just a painful personal memory, but a story belonging to the nation’s heritage. Author/historian Toyn was asked to piece together the 60 year-old puzzle.

Wahlen, Caldwell and Toyn will be available to answer questions, and sign copies of "The Quiet Hero." The public is welcome to attend, but RSVP’s are requested. To RSVP call Cindy Knutson at 703-640-0155. Ellis Hall is located at 2082 South Street in Quantico, VA.

Journalists: an online media kit is available at The Quiet Hero website. To obtain a review copy, or to arrange for an interview with Mr. Wahlen or Gary W. Toyn, please contact Bill Wood, (toll free) 1-866-233-8165.

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