What Makes a Hero?

The first thing that comes to mind is a person of extraordinary abilities and larger-than-life personality. But in reality, most heroes are ordinary people acting in the best interest of others, usually in disregard for their own safety. And most of them don’t even consider themselves heroes. They usually say that they are just doing what needed to be done.

This page is devoted to telling the stories of heroism, and to keeping alive the memory of those who have sacrificed to help others.

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Nicola Pauline Marie Trahan

Nicola Pauline Marie Trahan

One of the last surviving female agents who served during WWII in the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) passed away recently. Nicola Pauline Marie Trahan parachuted into occupied France when she was only 17. Unlike other agents, notably Phyllis Latour, who...

Denise Bloch

Denise Bloch

January, 1943. French Resistance agent Denise Bloch, 26 years old, hikes through the Pyrenees on her way to Spain. Wearing a skirt and half-length coat, she makes the trek on foot, in sub-freezing cold, at high altitude. She is lucky; already she has narrowly evaded...

Bravery and Audacity: The Story of Robert Smalls

Bravery and Audacity: The Story of Robert Smalls

UPDATE February 8, 2024 The story of Robert Smalls has gained a lot of attention since I wrote this article in 2020.  PBS has aired 2 segments and there are two movies in development about his daring escape. Robert Smalls (1839-1915) was born a slave in South...

Bipin Ganatra

Bipin Ganatra

In the bustling streets of Kolkata, India, amidst the chaos and clamor of everyday life, resides a man whose selfless dedication and unwavering courage have made him a symbol of hope and resilience for the city's residents. Meet Bipin Ganatra, a humble yet...