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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Sonya Butt: The Young Spy

Sonya Butt: The Young Spy

May 28, 1944. 20-year-old Sonya Butt parachutes into occupied France. "I began my mission in wartime France as a British secret agent. My job was to recruit, arm and train a secret French force to carry out sabotage and harassment," she recounted after the war. Sonya,...

D-Day’s ‘forgotten man’

D-Day’s ‘forgotten man’

‘Monday, June 5, 1944. Thus has been made the vital and crucial decision to stage the great enterprise which [shall?], I hope, be the immediate means of bringing about the downfall of Germany’s fighting power & Nazi oppression & an early cessation of...

After the Night Battle

After the Night Battle

This photo was taken by Sergeant Bruce Martin on the morning of October 13th, 1967, after the night battle. The main march in for Operation Medina from the landing zone (“LZ Dove”) began on October the 12th, 1967, and they basically cut a path through this heavy...

Winston Churchill’s Favorite Spy

Winston Churchill’s Favorite Spy

Maria Krystyna Janina Skarbek, also known as Christine Granville, was a Polish agent of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War. She became a British agent even before formation of the SOE, and was its first, and longest-serving,...

The “White Rabbit”–a Real-Life James Bond

The “White Rabbit”–a Real-Life James Bond

Forest Frederick Edward "Tommy" Yeo-Thomas was born in London, but moved with his family to France when he was very young. By 1914, at the outbreak of WWI, the family lived in Paris. At the age of 16, and unable to join either the British or French Army because of his...

Eddie Would Go

Eddie Would Go

Eddie Aikau was not just a surfer or a lifeguard; he was a legend whose bravery and selflessness defined an era of Hawaiian watermanship. Born in 1946, Aikau's life was intertwined with the ocean from an early age, growing up in a family with a deep connection to...