On November 18, 1967, Private First Class Davis' artillery unit was hit by a massive enemy offensive. At 21 years old, he resolved to face the onslaught and prepared to die. Soon he would have a perforated kidney, crushed ribs, a broken vertebra, his flesh ripped by beehive darts, a bullet in his thigh, and burns all over his body.
Ignoring his injuries, he manned a two-ton Howitzer by himself, crossed a canal under heavy fire to rescue three wounded American soldiers, and kept fighting until the enemy retreated. His heroism that day earned him a Congressional Medal of Honor - the ceremony footage of which ended up being used in the movie Forrest Gump.
You Don't Lose 'Til You Quit Trying chronicles how Davis' childhood in the American heartland prepared him for the worst night of his life and how that night set off a lifetime of battling against debilitating injuries. But he also battled for his fellow veterans, speaking on their behalf for 40 years to help heal the wounds and memorialize the brotherhood that war could forge. Here, listeners will learn of Sammy Lee Davis' extraordinary life - the courage, the pain, and the triumph.
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- Rob Vickers
My Friend Sammy
at the top of my reading list of all time.
I personally know Sammy and he is just like the book says he is. Down to earth, quiet gentalman. And he does say "Yes "Mam". The realistic way the book is read(audio) is just wonderfully put together bring the past into play with the war brings back a lot of memories of fellow warriors. Myself I am a Vietnam Era Veteran I saw the look on their faces when they came home. So I know how Sammy must of felt as well as the others in the book. I Honor Each and Everyone of Them.
Sammy of course and the soldiers he rescued and when he found out they lived
I cried cause I remember the look on the returning soldiers. And the heart wrenching stories that came out of that war. And are now for some just coming out. It is called PTSD