This title examines the remarkable life of Colin Powell. Readers will learn about Powell's family background, childhood, education, military career, and societal contributions. Covered in detail are Powell's service in the Vietnam War, including his Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Soldier's Medal awards, as well as Powell's role as a White House fellow, a four-star general, and commander-in-chief of Forces Command. Also covered are Powell's service to the U.S. presidents as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary of state. Color photos, detailed maps, and informative sidebars accompany engaging text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Military Heroes is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.