Desmond Doss

Desmond Doss

Okinawa, May 21, 1945 Private Desmond Doss and his battalion were ordered to ascend a jagged 350-foot escarpment called the Maeda Escarpment, which was heavily fortified with Japanese defenders. “The Japanese had been there for years,” said  Doss....
Marine Colonel Van D. Bell Jr.

Marine Colonel Van D. Bell Jr.

Hwach’on, Korea, 29 May 1951 UN and American forces have launched a counteroffensive to push Chinese and North Korean forces north, away from strategic locations in Gangwon Province.  The terrain is extremely rugged–ridges and narrow valleys with few roads...
Charles E. Hosking Jr.

Charles E. Hosking Jr.

He ran away from home at age 16 to join Canada’s famous “Black Watch” Regiment in Montreal, so he could fight in World War II. When his age was eventually discovered, the Canadians sent him back home to New Jersey! Hosking eventually served with the famed 82nd...
Mildred Manning

Mildred Manning

“I joined the Army to see the world, and what I saw was a prison camp.” Mildred Manning joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1939 and was assigned to a military hospital in Manila, Philippines. It was a choice assignment for nurses looking for adventure on a two-year tour...
Sergeant Marcario García

Sergeant Marcario García

November 27, 1944, near Grosshau, Germany U.S. Army Company B, 22d Infantry is pinned down by German machine gun fire, artillery and mortar barrage. Casualties are mounting as the company is trapped in rough terrain. Acting Squad Leader Private Marcario García sees...
Joan Bamford Fletcher

Joan Bamford Fletcher

At the outbreak of World War II Joan Fletcher left her home in Regina, Saskatchewan to join the Saskatchewan Auxiliary Territorial Service. She had wanted to serve in the military, but there were no military branches for Canadian women at the time. Wanting to be...