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Doyle Glass

Author of the upcoming book Benoist’s War

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.

Carl Lutz

Carl Lutz

Because of its alliance with Germany during  WWII, Hungary was spared from German invasion and the roundups and deportations that occurred in countries occupied by the Wehrmacht. Jewish citizens faced discrimination and harassment, but thanks to Hungary's ruler,...

Join the Navy, See the World…and More!

Join the Navy, See the World…and More!

When James Elliot “Willie” Williams convinced a county clerk to change his age on his birth certificate so he could enlist in the Navy at age 16 he thought he would get to see the world. "I thought there was nothing better than servin' my country and gettin' paid for...

Edward Clyde Benfold

Edward Clyde Benfold

Known as "The Forgotten War", the Korean War (6/25/1950-7/27/1953) is best remembered in the movie and television series, MASH. Unlike in the series, there was little time for lighthearted hijinks in the real war. Medical personnel had no immunity from enemy...

Jeannette Guyot

Jeannette Guyot

One of the most decorated Allied agents from World War II, Jeannette Guyot received the French Croix de Guerre, the British George Medal, and the American Distinguished Service Cross. Like her parents, who had joined the underground when Germany invaded France in...

A Brave Man’s Choice

A Brave Man’s Choice

"It was all very pleasant just lying in the sun and watching the girls go by, but one day I suddenly felt bored with hanging around and went and joined the Marines." Steve McQueen's time in the Marines was not exactly stellar--he was promoted six times, demoted seven...

“The Spiderman of Paris”

“The Spiderman of Paris”

Mamadou Gassama was walking along the Rue Marx-Dormoy in Paris when he came upon a crowd of people on the sidewalk. They were looking up at a nearby apartment building, pointing; some were crying. Gassama, an undocumented migrant from Mali, had only recently arrived...