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Master Sergeant Vito Bertoldo, another American hero portrayed in Netflix’s MEDAL OF HONOR, lived an amazing story of persistence and bravery. Because of his poor eyesight, he was initially prevented from joining the army in World War II. Eventually, once he was allowed to join, Bertoldo was assigned to defend a French town from the Germans. When his unit members were all killed, Bertoldo took a defensive position on the street and held back German forces singlehandedly for more than 12 hours. Bertoldo was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions by President Truman.
This episode of MEDAL OF HONOR highlights the proud American tradition of the citizen-solider. Ben Schwartz’s performance as Bertoldo is subtle and striking, perhaps the best performance. The interviews are moving, showing Bertoldo’s family and their pride in him. Some mild foul language concerns, and the typical portrayals of warfare making the episode unsuitable for young viewers. Strong moral worldview which drives home Bertoldo’s willingness to serve and even give his life for his country. Duty and bravery are important themes, and this episode is especially inspiring.
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