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...
“Rocky” Versace

“Rocky” Versace

What does it take to break a person? How much pain and humiliation can one endure before confessing to a false crime or giving up the names of their friends? No one can know for sure what their breaking point might be, but one man provided a perfect example of what it...
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...
William Reeder

William Reeder

Shot down over Vietnam in May of 1972, Captain William Reeder crawled with a broken back and swollen ankle for three days before he was captured by the North Vietnamese. He was interrogated, tortured and threatened with death. Reeder was an Army helicopter pilot...
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...