You're putting words in my mouth. Being a spotter takes more than just balls, but that makes him very brave but still not a hero. The term hero is being way over-used lately. Because someone does their job doesn't make them a hero. Calling just about anyone a hero, diminishes the meaning of the word and the hero status of past heroes.Because he flew a Cessna, he could not be a hero? Artillery spotter, low and slow in small arms range takes some major stones. Hero in my book.