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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.

“I did what God needed me to do”

“I did what God needed me to do”

Early one sunday morning in Baton Rouge, Vickie Williams-Tillman was driving on errands, listening to gospel music, when she noticed a police officer struggling with a man on the roadside. She stopped and asked the officer if he needed help, but when she saw the look...

No one will ever know the sacrifice we made

No one will ever know the sacrifice we made

Shortly after midnight on April 26, 1986, a series of mishaps coupled with design flaws led to the the explosion of the no. 4 reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, releasing radiation into the atmosphere and causing a meltdown of the reactor core. The initial...

“The most dangerous time in human history.”

“The most dangerous time in human history.”

Those were the words of Kennedy White House staffer Arthur Schlesinger, talking about the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Many years later, Robert McNamara said in an interview that, after speaking with his Soviet counterpart, they realized that we were “very, very...

A Diary of Atrocities

A Diary of Atrocities

Anthony Acevedo was a medic in the U.S. army during WWII. A Mexican-American, Acevedo was born in San Bernardino California, and attended school. But as a Mexican, was not allowed to play with white children, attend the same classes, or swim in the same pools. ...

Angel in the Ghetto

Angel in the Ghetto

Soon after the Nazis invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, they rounded up nearly half a million Polish Jews and confined them behind seven foot high walls in the Warsaw Ghetto. Jews were forbidden to leave, and any Pole who helped a Jew was, along with members of their...

Mary Edwards Walker

Mary Edwards Walker

Meet Mary Edwards Walker, M.D. At the outbreak of the Civil War, she volunteered for the Union Army. The Army was not accepting women as medical officers, so she worked as a civilian volunteer. She often crossed enemy lines to help care for wounded civilians and...