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Doyle Glass

Author of the upcoming book Une Vie d’Honneur

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, often in disregard for their own safety.  In the words of renowned psychologist Philip Zimbardo, “… the key to heroism is a concern for other people in need—a concern to defend a moral cause, knowing there is a personal risk, done without expectation of reward.”

Here is a collection of short articles about ordinary heroes.

A Nurse Goes To War

A Nurse Goes To War

Wanting to do her part to help with the war effort, Joy Lillie, a confident twenty two year old from Grand Rapids, Michigan, joined the US Army Nurse Corp as the Second World War raged on in Europe. She had just married her high school sweetheart, who was serving...

Doris Miller

Doris Miller

At 7:57 AM on the morning of December 7, 1941, Mess Attendant Second Class Doris Miller was collecting laundry aboard the USS West Virginia when the first of nine torpedoes struck the battleship, signaling the beginning of the surprise Japanese attack on the US Naval...

Master of Disguise

Master of Disguise

A military field nurse, a Bible salesman, a black man named Cuff, an Irish soap peddler--these were just a few of the disguises adopted by Emma Edmonds, who fled an abusive father at age 15. Her father had wanted a son and resented her for not being a boy to help him...

Our Latest Medal of Honor Recipient

Our Latest Medal of Honor Recipient

Braving small arms fire and exploding ordinance, Army Sgt. Major Thomas Payne and Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler and their team of U.S. and Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga special forces freed 70 hostages who were due to be executed by ISIS at a compound in Hawija. On the...

Colonel Gregory “Pappy” Boyington

Colonel Gregory “Pappy” Boyington

Colonel Gregory “Pappy” Boyington was an American World War II flying ace who shot down 28 enemy Japanese planes, organized the legendary Black Sheep Squadron in the South Pacific in 1943, and was awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor and Navy Cross. Boyington, a 1934...

Don’t Mess With Franceska

Don’t Mess With Franceska

Franceska Mann was considered one of the most promising dancers of her generation, both in classical and modern repertoire. At age 26, she would end her life killing an SS officer and wounding another before she herself was put to death at Auschwitz. Within a year of...