Decoration for Valor is fictional account of three Americans
during the Vietnam War
(Bel Air, MD – March 27, 2009) – – Harford County States Attorney
Joseph Cassilly has authored his first novel. Decoration for Valor follows the lives of three people during the Vietnam War and the turbulent 1970’s.
The novel focuses on the life of a 20 year-old soldier who is wounded
in Vietnam and returns home crippled from his injuries. The soldier is sent to Walter Reed Hospital and goes on to a veterans hospital to challenge his physical disabilities and his self-doubts.
A young nurse completes her tour of duty in Vietnam and returns
home with her own demons from the war to a husband that no longer knows her.
A 21 year-old student nurse prepares to go to Vietnam while facing
ridicule from her friends. The lives of these three characters intersect and each learns how to triumph over their past and the challenges that lie ahead.
Although a fictional novel, the book is a tribute by Cassilly to
American soldiers, their loyalty to each other and their determination to reclaim their lives, portrayed through memories, dreams and stories.
“This is a book I had to write about how the survivors of war continue to rely on one another to keep going,” Cassilly stated.
States Attorney Cassilly served in Vietnam as a Ranger in the United
States Army. He obtained an associate of arts degree from Harford
Community College, a bachelor degree from the University of Arizona in
psychology and a law degree from the University of Baltimore.
Since 1982, Cassilly has served as States Attorney for Harford County. He has also taught criminal law at Harford Community College and currently serves as president of the National District Attorneys Association.
Decoration for Valor was published by Strategic Press and is available through Amazon.