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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 Hero’s Hero

A Hero’s Hero

A generation ago, everyone knew of Audie Murphy--the war hero turned movie star.  One of the most decorated American combat soldiers of WWII, Murphy received every military combat award available from the U.S. Army. Born into a large family of poor sharecroppers in...

” I did what any decent person would have done.”

” I did what any decent person would have done.”

Miep Gies was well aware that hiding Jews from the nazis was punishable by prison, and likely execution. Nevertheless, she and her husband, Jan, did just that, hiding Otto Frank and his family, including his daughter Anne, in the upstairs rooms of Frank's office in...

Heroes of Pearl Harbor

Heroes of Pearl Harbor

In the early morning of 7 December, 1941, 353 Japanese aircraft attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor. 2403 Americans were killed in the attack, and another 1178 were wounded. Although tensions between the U.S. and Japan had steadily increased over the...

He sacrificed his own life to save his schoolmates

He sacrificed his own life to save his schoolmates

Kids growing up in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan know what it is like to live with the constant threat of violence. The local Shi'ite population is a target for armed Sunni militants. 15-year-old Aitzaz Hasan and his friends would joke about what they would do...

A Brave Young Man

A Brave Young Man

On April 30, 2014, a series of deadly tornados struck the area around Little Rock, Arkansas. Directly in the path of a large twister was the small town of Vilonia and a long-term care facility for disabled veterans. Vilonia is a small, quiet town, and was chosen by...

“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...