Judith M. Bank, PhD

Class of 1994


Decorated commissioned officers from the Vietnam War: A study of heroism (1994)

Judith M. Bank

This dissertation is a study of heroes, specifically, decorated commissioned officers from the Vietnam War. These officers were awarded medals of valor for the outstanding acts of gallantry and leadership which they executed during their tours in Southeast Asia. In the context of the narratives, they discussed their experiences in depth, not only those which occurred during the War, but also their early years and post-war statuses and situations. The research methodology utilized in this study is grounded theory, a qualitative, naturalistic paradigm from which the theory emerges. The research question presented to the officers was “What is your experience of being a decorated commissioned officer in the Vietnam War?” The emphasis of this study is on the development of theory about heroes.