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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.

Alicia Appleman-Jurman

Alicia Appleman-Jurman

She was only 11 years old when the nazis entered her village in Eastern Poland and began rounding up Jews.  First her father, then, one by one, her brothers were murdered, leaving only Alicia and her mother. The SS eventually forced Alicia and her friends to board a...

William Kyle Carpenter

William Kyle Carpenter

Lying on a dusty rooftop in the village of Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Kyle Carpenter was losing consciousness, having just thrown himself on a Taliban grenade in order to shield his fellow Marine. His last thoughts were of his family in South Carolina. He...

Peter Masters and “X” Troop

Peter Masters and “X” Troop

 Peter Masters was one of many teenage refugees  from Austria who came to Britain in the 1930's on the Kindertransport, fleeing persecution because they were Jewish. By 1942, as the shadow of the nazis fell across Europe, he knew he would return to fight them. When...

Charles H. Coolidge

Charles H. Coolidge

Drafted into the Army in June, 1942, Charles Coolidge was first sent to North Africa as part of the preparation for an invasion of Southern Europe. In September of that year his unit, 36th Infantry Division,  was the first to land in Europe, and inaugurated the Battle...

Hannah Szenes

Hannah Szenes

Hannah Szenes once wrote, “There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world even though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when...

William Harvey Carney

William Harvey Carney

“Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!” William Harvey Carney was born into slavery in Virginia in 1840. It’s not certain how he became a free man, but based on most accounts, he escaped through the Underground Railroad. In 1863, he joined...