There is a clear-cut network of social duties depicted in the poem.

How has the definition of heroism evolved in today’s society.

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The representations of the Watchmen superheroes of Moore and Gibbons, particularly Rorschach, display the concept of heroism being a part of the real world, among the regular public of our society....

Today’s society would classify such an action as heroic, regardless of outcome, for one reason: intentions.

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Whether or not that person emerges with a child in their arms, empty handed, or not at all, does nothing to alter our society’s perception of their heroism.

Today many people believe that a hero is a person who can accomplish what others can not or a person who puts themselves on the line for the other people.


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#3) Major John E. Appel is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight as an F-4D Aircraft Commander in Southeast Asia on November 6, 1970. On that date, while conducting an air strike against a group of revetted anti-aircraft artillery sites Major Appel’s aircraft was struck by defending ground fire. Despite the threat to his life, Major Appel pressed the attack and successfully destroyed three hostile weapons. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Appel reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. #4) Major John E. Appel is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight as an F-4E Aircraft Commander in Southeast Asia on September 11, 1971. On that date, Major Appel led a flight of two F-4E fighter bombers against a heavily fortified storage and supply complex. Despite intense hostile ground fire and adverse weather conditions, with complete disregard for his own safety, Major Appel precisely delivered his ordinance on target, resulting in several secondary explosions and the destruction of numerous supply structures and bunkers, thus hampering the opposing force’s logistical and offensive capability. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Appel reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. John Appel is a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.

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Christ is of course the greatest example to Christians, but other figures from Judaeo-Christian tradition provided equally heroic models. Besides the negative example of the rebellious thane Satan in , proudly defying his Maker, wooing Adam and Eve away from their rightful Lord by playing on the respective roles of men and women in the (Stratyner 126-39), the Anglo-Saxons recalled Abraham, and especially Moses, and even Judith as God-sent leaders of His people. , , , and each present its saint as a hero contending against evil. John Hermann places the three latter hagiographic poems, along with and , in the tradition of the fourth-century poet Prudentius’ allegory conceiving the life of the soul as warfare between contending personified virtues and vices (8). He further regards this Old English "allegory of war" as "complicitous with social violence" (5). Adolf Harnack argued long ago that militaristic analogies in religious expression prepared the way for Christian holy wars (63). Such was precisely the Alfredian and West Saxon agenda in the late ninth and tenth centuries; the "social violence" that they advocated was warfare against the Danish Vikings, first invaders and then unwelcome settlers on English soil. Aelfric of Eynsham, writing ca. 1000, testified that the story of Judith provided an example for men of his own age, that they might likewise defend their country against renewed Scandinavian invasions:

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First Lieutenant Joseph W. Geary, Jr., is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement in aerial flight. On 7 October 1944, Lieutenant Geary was navigator-observer of a B-24 type aircraft that was flying lead ship in a Group formation on an extremely vital and important mission to bomb the enemy oil refinery at Vienna/Winterhafen, Austria. This high priority enemy target produced large quantities of aviation fuel and its destruction was of great importance. Enroute to the target the formation experienced an intense and extremely accurate barrage of heavy type flak which shot down five (5) of our aircraft and severely damaged twenty-seven (27) others. During this barrage Lieutenant Geary’s ship was hit by numerous bursts of flak which made inoperative the #2 engine, severed hydraulic and fuel lines and partially severed the rudder control cables. The co-pilot was seriously wounded at the same time but the pilot, showing great skill, was able to lead the formation over the target, inflicting grave damage on the enemy installations. Then when the ship was forced to leave the formation and the navigator went to the flight deck to replace the wounded co-pilot, Lieutenant Geary took over the navigating duties. Showing superior professional skill, Lieutenant Geary then plotted the most direct course to an emergency field, successfully avoiding the numerous flak installations that covered the enemy territory. The aircraft finally reached a friendly field with only sixty (60) gallons of fuel left. Lieutenant Geary supervised the crew in preparing for a crash landing which was successfully done. To Lieutenant Geary’s exceptional skill and coolness in a hazardous situation must be given the credit for the safe return of the crew and the wounded co-pilot. By his extreme skill and devotion to duty, Lieutenant Geary has reflected great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. Joe Geary is a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.