Viktor Yatsunyk

Viktor Yatsunyk

Viktor Yatsunyk left his home in the UK in March to defend his native country, Ukraine, against Putin’s invasion. When his children asked him “Daddy when are you coming back?” he had no reply. He told friends that leaving his family was the “hardest part”. Known...
John Baca

John Baca

At 18, John Baca had better things to do than go to class. Spending his days body surfing at the beach and getting into various forms of mischief got him labeled “troubled youth” and a short stint in the California Youth Authority. His next stop would be...
Christopher A. Celiz

Christopher A. Celiz

Katie Celiz remembers meeting her future husband. Both were high school kids working at a supermarket in Summerville, South Carolina. One evening just before closing she couldn’t find her jacket, which she always hung in the break room. Looking out at the...
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...