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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.

The “Hungarian Marlene Dietrich”

The “Hungarian Marlene Dietrich”

In the early 1940s, Katalin Karady became one of the most celebrated singers and movie stars in Hungary. With her sultry looks, unusual voice and femme fatale persona, she became a noted diva and sex symbol of her age, a ‘Hungarian Marlene Dietrich.’ With the outbreak...

Honored By The Americans And Soviets

Honored By The Americans And Soviets

Sgt Joseph Beyrle was a US paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division during WWII. Prior to the Normandy invasion, Beyrle jumped twice into occupied France to coordinate and provide arms to the French Resistance. He then jumped into France on DDay, destroyed an...

The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

Noor Inayat Khan was not what one would expect of a British spy. She was a princess, having been born into royalty in India; a Muslim, whose father was a Sufi preacher; a writer, mainly of short stories; and a musician, who played the harp and the piano. But she was...

His Story Will Always Be Part Of Us

His Story Will Always Be Part Of Us

As Australia celebrates the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific we remember Ordinary Seaman Edward “Teddy” Sheean, who was 18 years old when his ship, HMAS Armidale, came under Japanese attack in December, 1942. The Armidale was on a mission to...

Patriotism Is Not Enough

Patriotism Is Not Enough

Edith Cavell, born in 1865, gave up her career as a governess at the age of 30 to return home and care for her father, who was gravely ill. Once he recovered, she was inspired to take up nursing as a career, working in English hospitals and as a traveling nurse. She...

Raina Lynn Neeland

Raina Lynn Neeland

She loved her extended family and took care of her younger siblings and cousins. On August 19, 2020, 18 year-old Raina Lynn Neeland was playing in the water with her younger relatives at Clearwater Dam, about 250 miles north of Minneapolis. The dam is a popular...