A Heinlein Concordance

created by M. E. Cowan

Robert A Heinlein

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From the stories:   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W XYZ
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A Heinlein Concordance ©2004 M.E.Cowan

Douglas MacArthur
(1880–1964) U.S. general who commanded the Southwest Pacific Theater in World War II, administered Japan during the Allied occupation that followed the end of World War II, and led United Nations forces during the first nine months of the Korean War.
(Farmer in the Sky)

Scottish clan who were once numerous in Balquhidder and Menteith, and also in Glenorchy, which appears to have been their original seat. King David II gave Glenorchy to clan Campbell, sparking years of conflict between the clans as the more powerful Campbells inexorably drove the MacGregors out of their ancestral lands and turned the government in Edinburgh against their rivals. Clan MacGregor was proscribed in the early 17th century, its members scattered and often forced to take new names to hide their lineage. The proscription was repealed by Charles II in gratitude for the support that clan members gave to the Royalist cause, but was reimposed by William of Orange and Mary II. The proscription was permanently lifted in 1774.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Niccolo Machiavelli
(1469–1527) Florentine writer, statesman, and political theorist whose principal work was The Prince. In the book, he describes the two principal types of governments: monarchies and republics, but writes primarily about monarchies. His assertion that a ruler must pretend to be virtuous but that certain vices are necessary to survival of both the prince and the government has earned him a reputation for hypocrisy and cynicism; Machiavellian has come to mean ruthlessly ambitious and deceitful.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

R.H. Macy & Company, Inc
American department store chain headquartered in New York City. The company grew out of a partnership founded in lower Manhattan in 1858 by Rowland H. Macy and his cousin Margaret Getchell. The store prospered after the Civil War by building a reputation for value and advertising extensively. In 1887 Nathan and Isidor Straus acquired part interest in the company; by 1896 they had assumed full control. Macy's fortunes suffered during the recession of the 1980s, and in 1992 it declared bankruptcy. In 1994, the company merged with Federated Department Stores.
("The Menace from Earth")

Republic of Madagascar
Nation occupying the island of Madagascar, the world's fourth largest island, off the southeast coast of Africa in the southwestern Indian Ocean. The capital is Antananarivo.
(Beyond This Horizon)

Song written in 1918 by Camille Robert, which was popular with French soldiers. The English subtitle is "I'll Be True to the Whole Regiment".
(Starship Troopers)

"Mademoiselle From Armentieres"
English song attributed to Edward Rowland (1915); it was popular with the Allied soldiers during World War I.
(The Number of the Beast, Starship Troopers)

James Madison
(1751–1836) Fourth president of the United States (1809–17) and a primary author of the United States Constitution. He collaborated with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay on the Federalist Papers, a series of essays setting forth the arguments in favor of reshaping the federal government according to the draft Constitution. As a member of the House of Representatives, he sponsored the first ten amendments, called the Bill of Rights.
(The Red Planet)

Ferdinand Magellan
(1480–1521) Portuguese navigator and explorer whose ships accomplished the first circumnavigation around the globe, although Magellan himself was killed in the Philippines. His route took him westward across the Atlantic Ocean, and then around the tip of South America, where the Strait of Magellan between the mainland and the southernmost islands is named for him.
(Time for the Stars)

Ramón Magsaysay
(1907–1957) President of the Philippines (1953–57), best known for defeating Communist insurgents. Though most Philippine political leaders were of Spanish descent, Magsaysay was of Malay stock, like most of the common people. He was a guerrilla leader on Luzon during World War II, and was appointed military governor of his home province, Zambales, when the United States recaptured the Philippines. As president, Magsaysay attempted economic and social reforms, but was thwarted by the conservative majority in the Philippine congress. Nevertheless, he remained extremely popular and had a well-deserved reputation for incorruptibility.
(Starship Troopers)

Molly Maguires
Secret organization of coal miners allegedly responsible for sabotage and other violent acts in the coalfields of Pennsylvania and West Virginia from 1862 to 1876. The group named itself after a widow who led a group of Irish anti-landlord agitators in the 1840s.
(I Will Fear No Evil)

Simon Magus
First-century magician who, according to the Acts of the Apostles (8:9–24), became a Christian and subsequently offered to purchase from the Apostles Peter and John the supernatural power of transmitting the Holy Spirit. This story gave rise to the term simony for the buying or selling of sacred things or ecclesiastical office.
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

Pál Maléter
Head of the Hungarian armed forces in 1956. He joined Imre Nagy's government as Minister of Defense, and supported the rebellion against Soviet domination of Hungary. Agreeing to lead a delegation to negotiate with the Soviet commanders, he was arrested upon meeting with them and summarily executed.
(Starship Troopers)

Thomas Robert Malthus
(1766–1834) English economist who developed the theory that population growth will always exceed the food supply and will inevitably lead to famine and a net decrease in the population. Thus, permanent improvement in the human condition is impossible without strict limits on reproduction.
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

Historical region of northeastern China. Strictly speaking, it consists of the modern provinces of Liaoning (south), Kirin (central), and Heilungkiang (north); often, however, the northeastern part of Inner Mongolia is also included. Manchuria is bounded by Russia (northwest, north, and east), North Korea (south), and the province of Hopeh (southwest).

Borough of New York City, coextensive with New York county. The borough, most of which is on Manhattan Island, extends into Marble Hill on the mainland and includes a number of islets in the East River. It is bounded by the Hudson River (west), Harlem River and Spuyten Duyvil Creek (northeast), East River (east), and Upper New York Bay (south). In 1626 Peter Minuit, the first director general of New Netherland province, is said to have purchased the island from the local Manhattan tribe. The island was incorporated as the city of New Amsterdam in 1653. The English took possession in 1664, and renamed the city New York.
(The Day After Tomorrow, The Door Into Summer, The Puppet Masters, Tunnel in the Sky)

In the Biblical books of Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua, the food provided for the Israelites during their years wandering in the desert. The substance "was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey".
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

Horace Mann
(1796–1859) The first major American advocate of public education. Largely self-educated in his early years, as secretary of the Massachusetts state board of education he developed a comprehensive philosophy that stressed the importance of universal nonsectarian education for the survival of democratic government. He ended his career as president of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, an institution committed to nonsectarian education for all people regardless of gender or race.
(Have Space Suit — Will Travel, Job: A Comedy of Justice)

1. City in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany, on the right bank of the Rhine River opposite Ludwigshafen, at the mouth of the Neckar River. Mannheim was mentioned as a village as early as 764; it was chartered in 1607.
2. Karl Mannheim: (1893–1947) German-born English sociologist who developed a "sociology of knowledge"; studied science as a social organization; and researched the problems of leadership and consensus. In Mannheim's view, social conflict is caused by the diversity of individual ways of thought and personal criteria of truth, which differences are more basic than economic disparity and class consciousness.
(Starship Troopers)

Marais des Cygnes
River in east central and southeast Kansas. it rises near Eskridge in Wabaunsee County, Kansas and flows east and south to join the Little Osage in Bates County, Missouri. [French, "marsh of the swans"]
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Plain in northeastern Attica where the Athenians, in a single afternoon, repulsed the first Persian invasion of Greece (September 490 BCE). According to legend, a messenger was sent from Marathon to Athens, a distance of about 25 miles (40 km), to announce the Persian defeat. He gasped out his message just before dying of exhaustion. The marathon race commemorates the messenger's feat.
(Starship Troopers)

"March of the Gladiators"
Music from the soundtrack of the Disney animated film Dumbo.
(Time for the Stars)

Mardi Gras
French festival celebrated before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. In the United States, it is celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana with an elaborate parade and uninhibited street parties.
(Double Star)

Mare Crisium
Dark feature on the near side of the moon, 376 miles (627 km) wide, at 38.9 degrees south latitude and 93.0 degrees east longitude. [Latin, "sea of crises"]
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Mare Undarum
Basalt "sea" on the near side of the moon, at 6.8 north latitude and 68.4 east longitude, within the Crisium basin. [Latin, "sea of waves"]
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Song written in 1919 by jazz pianist J. Russel Robinson.
(I Will Fear No Evil)

Francis Marion
(1732–1795) American soldier in the U.S. War of Independence, nicknamed The Swamp Fox by the British for his elusive tactics. Marion used guerrilla tactics against the British troops, often winning victories against much larger forces by the surprise and rapidity of their movements over swampy terrain. He was appointed a Brigadier general in 1781. After the war, he served in the South Carolina senate (1782–90).
(Starship Troopers)

Mark Hopkins
Four-star hotel in San Francisco, built in 1926 at the prestigious address of Number One Nob Hill and considered a landmark today.

River in northern France, which flows from the Langres Plateau in a meandering path roughly north-northwest into the Seine River near Paris. It was the site of two major battles during World War I, which were both Allied victories.
(Starship Troopers)

Fourth planet from the Sun, and seventh largest. It orbits the Sun once every 687 Earth days and spins on its axis once every 24 hours and 37 minutes. Mars' red coloring is visible even to the naked eye. Although it has a thin atmosphere and noticeable seasons, all evidence indicates that it is devoid of life.

French national anthem, composed in 1792 by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, a captain of the engineers and amateur musician. Originally entitled "Chant de guerre de l'armée du Rhin" ("War Song of the Army of the Rhine"), the anthem came to be called "La Marseillaise" because of its popularity with volunteer army units from Marseille.
(Starship Troopers)

St. Mary Magdalene
One of the disciples of Jesus, described in the Book of Mark as being one of the three women who were the first person to see Jesus upon his resurrection after the crucifixion. She is mentioned several times in the Gospels: Jesus cleansed her of seven demons (Luke 8:2 and Mark 16:9); she accompanied Jesus when he preached in Galilee (Luke 8:1–2); and she witnessed the crucifixion (all four Gospels). She is frequently identified in Christian legends as a penitent prostitute.
(Time Enough for Love)

Major brand of credit card available through many banks and other financial institutions. An interbank federation was formed in 1966 to provide credit cards that could be accepted by any institution. In 1969, the name Master Charge was adopted for these universal credit cards; the name was changed to MasterCard in 1979.

Mathematical Recreations and Essays
Book by Walter William Rouse (1850–1925). Published in London, England, by Macmillan and Co. Numerous editions have published since the first edition in 1900. [Library of Congress call number QA95.B2]
(Farnham's Freehold)

James Clerk Maxwell
(1831–1879) Scottish physicist famous for his formulation of electromagnetic theory. His publications include Theory of Heat (1870) and Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism (1873). The electromagnetic unit of magnetic flux in the centimeter-gram-second system of units was named the maxwell in his honor.

Square-rigged sailing ship on which the Pilgrims sailed from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they established the first permanent European colony in New England, in 1620. The ship was chartered to the Pilgrims by English merchants called the London Adventurers.
(Farmer in the Sky, "The Man Who Sold the Moon")

Mayflower Hotel
Luxury hotel on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., 4 blocks from the White House. The hotel has hosted the inaugural balls for all presidents the United States since Calvin Coolidge in 1925, the year it opened.
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

Seaport and tourist resort in Sinaloa state in western north-central Mexico. It occupies a peninsula overlooking Olas Altas Bay, on the Gulf of California. It is Mexico's largest Pacific Ocean port, and its island-studded harbor is noted for its sandy beaches.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

William Gibbs McAdoo
(1863–1941) U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1913–1918); candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1920 and 1924; and senator from California (1933–1939).
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

English-language university in Montreal, which was founded by a bequest from Montreal merchant James McGill and received a royal charter in 1821. Faculties of medicine and arts were first to be established. Originally, only men were admitted; in 1899, Royal Victoria College was opened for women. Royal Victoria and McGill eventually merged into one coeducational university. Macdonald College at Sainte-Anne de Bellevue, founded in 1907, and specializing in the agricultural sciences, was incorporated into McGill, and three theological colleges are also affiliated with the university.

William McKinley
(1843–1901) 25th president of the United States (1897–1901). Under McKinley's leadership, the United States went to war against Spain in 1898; claiming Spanish territory through military victory and thus acquiring a global empire including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. McKinley was assassinated by anarchist Leon Czolgosz.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Paul McNutt
(1891–1955) U.S. lawyer and politician; he was U.S. high commissioner of the Philippines, 1937–1939.

Musical composition by Russian composer Lev Konstantinovich Knipper (1898–1974). He originally wrote it as part of his Fourth Symphony.
(Starship Troopers)

Town in ancient Palestine, near the Plain of Esdraelon (Valley of Jezreel) about 18 miles (29 km) southeast of Haifa in northern Israel. It controlled a commonly used pass on the trading route between Egypt and Mesopotamia, and it also stood along the northwest-southeast route that connected the Phoenician cities with Jerusalem and the Jordan River valley. Armageddon, the term for the final battle between good and evil, is derived from Megiddo, since the prefix har means "hill" in Hebrew.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Capital of the Australian state of Victoria, situated at the head of Port Phillip Bay on the southeastern coast. It was the national capital from 1901 until 1927. Port Phillip Bay was discovered by Europeans in 1802, but permanent settlement was delayed until 1835. In 1837 the new settlement was named for the current British prime minister, Lord Melbourne. Melbourne became a town in 1842 and a city in 1847.
(Citizen of the Galaxy)

Men Against the Sea
Second volume in the Bounty trilogy by Charles Nordhoff (1887–1947). (Volume 1 is Mutiny on the Bounty, and Volume 2 is Pitcairn's Island.) It was published by Little, Brown & Company in 1940. [Library of Congress call number PZ3.N764Bo2]
(Farnham's Freehold)

Gregor Mendel
(1822–1884, original name Johann Mendel) Austrian botanist and plant experimenter, the first to lay the mathematical foundation of the science of genetics, in what came to be called Mendelism.
(Beyond This Horizon, Friday)

In Roman myth, god of merchandise and merchants. He was commonly identified with the Greek god Hermes, fleet-footed messenger of the gods.
(I Will Fear No Evil)

In Arthurian legends, a wizard and sage, the adviser to King Arthur. He is often identified with characters in ancient Celtic myth, especially with the Welsh Myrddin.
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

Mermaid Tavern
London meeting place of the literary Friday Street Club, whose members included William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, John Donne, and Ben Jonson were notable members. It stood to the east of St. Paul's Cathedral, with entrances in Bread Street and Friday Street.
(Time Enough for Love)

A Union battleship that was captured by the Confederacy during the Civil War. It was converted to an ironclad (armored) ship in 1862 and renamed the U.S.S. Virginia (though historical accounts generally use her original name).
(I Will Fear No Evil)

The Merry Widow
Operetta produced in 1905 by Hungarian composer Franz Lehar (1870–1948), with a libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein. It tells the story of a young and attractive woman whose rich, elderly husband has died just one week after their wedding, leaving her with the world at her feet. The Merry Widow was one of the most popular of all operettas, and made Franz Lehar internationally famous.
(Citizen of the Galaxy)

Methodist Episcopal Church
Protestant denomination, founded in 1784 in Baltimore, Maryland. It was an offshoot of the Methodist Church that followed the teachings of reformer John Wesley. The word "episcopal" referred to the denomination's hierarchical structure, specifically administration by bishops.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Officially, United Mexican States (Estados Unidos Mexicanos). Northernmost and third largest country of Latin America. It is situated in the southwestern part of mainland North America, sharing its northern border with the United States of America. Mexico has a vast wealth of mineral resources, a limited amount of agricultural land, and a rapidly growing population. More than half of the people live in the central core, while vast areas of the arid north and the tropical south are sparsely settled. Culturally, Mexico combines the heritage of the Aztec, Mayan, and Toltec empires with its history as a Spanish colony.

Small island group near the western end of the Hawaiian archipelago, which was formally annexed as United States territory in 1867. The Allied victory in the Battle of Midway (1942) marked the turning point of the Pacific phase of World War II.

Milky Way
Spiral galaxy in which our own sun is located. It is named for the irregular luminous band of stars and gas clouds that stretches across Earth's sky.
(Beyond This Horizon)

Roman goddess of handicrafts, the professions, the arts, and, later, war; she was commonly identified with the Greek Athena.
(Time Enough for Love)

Mining Journal
Weekly newspaper founded in 1835 to report on all aspects of the mining industry from "exploration through financing and development to production and marketing".
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Seat of Hennepin County in eastern Minnesota, at the head of the Mississippi River. Its name is derived from the Dakota word minne (water) and the Greek polis (city). The Franciscan missionary Father Louis Hennepin visited the area in 1680 and named the Falls of St. Anthony. The village of St. Anthony, on the east side of the falls, was incorporated in 1855. Settlers soon occupied the U.S. military reservation on the west bank of the river; in 1855 the government declared the settlement legal, and the village of Minneapolis was incorporated in 1856.
("If This Goes On—", The Puppet Masters)

Marvin Minsky
(1927– ) Electrical engineer, mathematician, and pioneering researcher in the fields of cognitive science and artificial intelligence. He is a leading contributor to the development of robots and computers.
(The Number of the Beast)


A narrow dagger used to deliver the death stroke to a seriously wounded knight. In Medieval Latin, the word misericordia denoted various merciful things, and these senses were borrowed into English. Since the medicine of the time was inadequate to save a seriously wounded person's life or ease the suffering until death, this quick death was considered an act of mercy. [Middle English, pity, from Old French, from Latin misericordia, merciful.]
(Glory Road)

Constituent state of the United States of America; it is named for a native tribe. The capital is Jefferson City. Except for Tennessee, Missouri has more neighboring states than any other U.S. state. It abuts Iowa (north); Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee (east); Arkansas (south); and Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska (west). It is also the center of diverse geographical regions: eastern timberland, western prairie, southern cotton fields, and northern cornfields.
(Starman Jones, Time Enough for Love, To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Missouri Savings Bank
Financial institution founded in Kansas City, Missouri, by Watt Webb in 1891. It is now called the Bank and Trust company.
(Time Enough for Love, To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Billy Mitchell
(1879–1936) U.S. Army officer who advocated a separate U.S. air force and greater preparedness in military aviation. He was court-martialled for publicly criticizing the War and Navy departments, but was posthumously awarded a special medal when the U.S. Air Force was created.
("The Menace from Earth")

(Also Mithras) In Indo-Iranian myth, the god of light. His worship spread to Persia and then throughout the Hellenic world. Mithra was especially popular with Roman soldiers, and was the chief rival to the new Christian religion.
(Tunnel in the Sky)

Sir Modred
(Also spelled Mordred) In Arthurian legend, the illegitimate son of King Arthur and the witch Morgause (he is sometimes described as Arthur's nephew rather than his son). He contributed to the downfall of Camelot by sowing dissension among the knights of the Round Table with rumors of Queen Guinevere's love affair with Sir Lancelot. In some legends, it was Mordred who fatally wounded Arthur during the final battle among the knights.
(The Number of the Beast)

Admiral William Adger Moffett
(1869–1933) A leader in developing the Navy's aviation program. A supporter of the use of dirigibles, both in Naval operations and generally, he died in the crash of the airship Akron.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Mojave Desert
Desert in southeastern California and portions of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. It extends from the Sierra Nevada range to the Colorado Plateau, merges with the Great Basin Desert to the north and the Sonoran Desert to the south and southeast, and abuts the San Gabriel–San Bernardino mountains in the southwest.
(Farmer in the Sky)

"Molly Malone"
(Also called "Cockles and Mussels") Traditional Irish song about a fishmonger who dies of a fever; it is sometimes considered the unofficial anthem of the city of Dublin, the setting for the song.
(The Rolling Stones, Starman Jones)

Hebrew name for a deity to whom children were sacrificed throughout the ancient Middle East. The deity is mentioned in the Biblical book of Leviticus (18:21) and the Second book of Kings (16:3, 21:6, and 23:10).
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

In philosophy, the theory that all of reality is one unified entity, and the perception of separation and diversity is only an illusion created by the human mind.
(Tunnel in the Sky)

"The Monkey Wrapped His Tail Around the Flagpole"
Novelty-song lyrics written to the tune of "National Emblem" a march composed in 1907 by Edwin Eugene Bagley (1857–1922).
(The Number of the Beast)

Monte Carlo
Resort in the southern European principality of Monaco, on the Riviera just northeast of Nice, France. In 1856 Prince Charles III of Monaco granted a charter allowing a joint stock company to build a casino. The city has become a playground for the rich, with the gambling casinos (open only to visitors, not to residents) providing its main attraction.
(Methuselah's Children)

Montevideo, Uruguay
Capital of Uruguay in South America, and its principle city. It lies on the north shore of the Río de la Plata Estuary. Montevideo was founded in 1726 to counteract the Portuguese advance into the area from Brazil.
(I Will Fear No Evil)

Montezuma II
(1466–1520, ruled 1502–1520; also spelled Moctezuma) Ninth Aztec emperor of Mexico, during whose reign the conquistador Hernán Cortés began the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Montezuma tried to buy off Cortés and then to entrap him by inviting him to the capital city, Tenochtitlán. Instead of succumbing to the trap, however, Cortés took Montezuma prisoner. According to Spanish accounts, Montezuma's submission to the Spaniards eroded his authority, and his people stoned him to death.
Mexican government.

Bernard Law Montgomery
(1887–1976) British field marshal, one of the outstanding Allied commanders in World War II. He commanded the British Army of the Rhine after the war, and was deputy commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization 1951–58. Montgomery was knighted (K.C.B.) in 1942, named a Knight of the Garter following World War II, and made Viscount Montgomery of Alamein and Hindhead in 1946.
(Starship Troopers)

Montgomery Ward
First mail-order company for general merchandise, established in 1872 and named for its founder, U.S. merchant Aaron Montgomery Ward (1844–1913). The first Montgomery Ward retail stores were opened in 1926; the mail-order business was ended in 1985.

morning glory
(Ipomoea purpurea) A flowering vine native to North America, that features heart-shaped leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers in colors ranging from pinkish-purple to blue.
("Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon")

morning star
The planet Venus, when visible in the sky after dawn.
("Logic of Empire")

(Russian Moskva) Capital of Russia. The city is situated in western Russia about 400 miles (640 km) southeast of St. Petersburg and 600 miles (970 km) east of the Polish border, in the valley of the Moskva River. First mentioned in chronicles of 1147 CE, the city has been the historical center of Russian history and culture, and the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church.
(Starship Troopers)

The Mote in God's Eye
Science-fiction novel by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, about space-faring humans' encounter with an ancient alien race that has not yet achieved interstellar travel.
(The Number of the Beast)

Forest Ray Moulton
(1872–1952) Astronomer who spent most of his career at the University of Chicago, where he taught theoretical astronomy and mathematics. He was the author of An Introduction to Celestial Mechanics (1902), The Nature of the World and Man (1926), and Consider the Heavens (1935). He was the permanent secretary of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 1937 until 1948.

Mount Etna
(Also spelled Aetna) Volcano on the east coast of the island of Sicily; the highest active volcano in Europe. Numerous eruptions have been recorded from 1500 BCE through the present. In Greek myth, Etna was the workshop of Hephaestus and the Cyclops; a variant myth said that the giant Typhon lay beneath the mountain, and the Earth trembled when he turned over. [Greek Aitne, derived from aitho, "I burn"]
(Between Planets)

Audie Murphy
(1924–1971) The most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II. Beginning his service as an Army private, Audie quickly rose to the enlisted rank of Staff Sergeant, was given a "battle field" commission as 2nd Lieutenant, was wounded three times, fought in 9 major campaigns across the European Theater, and survived the war. He received a total 33 awards for valor, at least one of every award the U.S. issues plus 5 decorations from France and Belgium.
(Starship Troopers)

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