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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A Brave Girl

A Brave Girl

8-year-old Gurugu Himapriya was at home with her mother and two younger sisters when a terrorist broke into their house. Her brave actions would save her mother and sisters and lead to the terrorist's capture. Early one morning in 2018 three Jihadist terrorists...

Cleto Rodríguez

Cleto Rodríguez

The Battle of Manila was one of the most brutal in the Pacific Theater in WWII.  American and Filipino forces faced a determined and entrenched enemy determined to fight to the last man. Army Rifleman Cleto Rodríguez's unit was tasked with taking  the strongly...

Trucker Hero

Trucker Hero

Although we may not appreciate them when stuck behind a slow-moving truck on a two-lane highway, truckers are unsung heroes of our economy. They move nearly 3/4 of all goods, in all kinds of weather, day and night, in road conditions that most of us avoid. And they...

Iranian Women Heroes

Iranian Women Heroes

Say their names: Elnaz Rekabi, Mahsa Amini, Masih Alinejad, Romina Ashrafi, Ghazal and the women of Iran who have stood against brutal oppression by their government or have fallen victim to gender-based violence. 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was arrested in Tehran and...

William T. Perkins Jr.

William T. Perkins Jr.

Perkins enlisted in the Marines in 1966. During boot camp, Perkins expressed a desire to be a Marine photographer. After receiving this assignment, to his chagrin, he found the work as a still photographer at Marine Corps Supply Center, Barstow, California, dull and...

Samuel Sandoval

Samuel Sandoval

One of the last of the Navajo Code Talkers passed away in August. Samuel Sandoval was one of 29 Navajo men selected by the Marine Corps in 1942 to create a code based on their language, at the time mostly unwritten.  Their clever technique used word substitution and...