Roy P. Benavidez

The late M. Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, USA Special Forces (ret.) was one of America’s most popular motivational speakers. The late Sgt. Benavidez’s memoir, Medal of Honor: One Man's Journey from Poverty and Prejudice (Brassey’s), tells the story of a man of pride and dignity who conquered enormous challenges. Hispanic and part-Yaqui Indian, the orphaned Benavidez fought his way out of poverty and bigotry to serve with distinction in the U.S. army’s elite -- the Airborne and the Special Forces. Seriously wounded in Vietnam, he was told he would never walk again. Benavidez not only conquered his disability but also demanded to return to combat. During his second Vietnam tour, Benavidez personally saved the lives of eight men and was awarded the Medal of Honor, ensuring his everlasting postion as one of the great heroes of the war.