Blaze of Light: The Inspiring True Story of Green Beret Medic Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor Recipient

The Book


For fans of Unbroken and Hacksaw Ridge comes the powerful true story of a Medal of Honor recipient who faced more than his fair share of battles—and overcame them through perseverance and faith.
“What Gary Beikirch did to receive his medal is unforgettable—and the story of what he overcame afterward is as big and moving as they come.”—Gary Sinise
After dawn the siege began. It was April 1, 1970, and Army Green Beret medic Gary Beikirch knew the odds were stacked against their survival. Some 10,000 enemy soldiers sought to obliterate the twelve American Special Forces troops and 400 indigenous fighters who stood fast to defend 2,300 women and children inside the village of Dak Seang. For his valor and selflessness during the ruthless siege, Beikirch would be awarded a Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest and most prestigious military decoration.

But Gary returned home wounded in body, mind, and soul. To find himself again, Gary retreated to a cave in the mountains of New England, where a redemptive encounter with God allowed Gary to find peace.

New York Times best-selling author Marcus Brotherton chronicles the incredible true story of a person who changed from lost to found. Gripping and unforgettable, and written with a rich and vivid narrative voice, Blaze of Light will inspire you to answer hurt with ingenuity, to reach for faith, and to find clarity and peace within any season of storm.

The Author


Marcus Brotherton is a New York Times bestselling author and collaborative writer known for his books with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel.

He’s the recipient of a Christy Award for writing excellence, an Editor’s Choice distinction from the Historical Novel Society, and a Christopher Award for literature that “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”

Marcus appeared in the World War II documentary ‘A Company of Heroes,’ shown on PBS stations nationwide and internationally.

My Thoughts

Marcus Brotherton has captured forever the almost-unbelievable story of Gary Beikirch who has lived through inconceivable war experiences. Some of the most interesting episodes showed how he was imbedded with Montagnard fighters.

After he came home from Vietnam, a Green Beret medic, so broken, body and mind, it’s amazing that survived both the war and the physical recovery. But his journey to mental health took much, much longer. He almost couldn’t grasp that he’d been awarded a Medal of Honor. It took years for him to accept that it was part of God’s plan because of what he’d been through. There are extensive notes in the book, and also several photos. This gritty book is highly recommended.

While reading the book, Our American Stories ran his interview.

Gary Beikirch on YouTubeAnother one.

Gary Beikirch (1947-2021) and Marcus Brotherton in 2019



  1. It sounds amazing, Joy. What those men did in Vietnam was incredible – his recovery should be an inspiration for all.

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