Melvin Morris

Melvin Morris

One of the first U.S. Army soldiers to qualify as a Green Beret, Melvin Morris did not fit the stereotype of a Special Forces fighter. “I was 5 foot 4 inches, 117 pounds,” Morris told an interviewer. “But I was a strong little fella.” Morris would soon prove just how...
Grady Harp

Grady Harp

Dr. Grady Harp studied music and medicine at Occidental College and the University of Southern California School of Medicine (now Keck). Upon completing his internship at Los Angeles County Hospital he was transplanted into the US Marine Corps as a Battalion Surgeon...
Marine Sgt. Larry Peters

Marine Sgt. Larry Peters

“I’m going to come back with the Medal of Honor,” Larry Peters told his mother when he left for Vietnam, “or I’m not coming back.” It would be his second tour. Marine Sgt. Peters had already served a thirteen-month tour of duty when, because of his love for and desire...
The Heroic Chaplain

The Heroic Chaplain

September 4, 1967, Hill 63, near Chu Lai, South Vietnam Although he never signed up for combat, Father Vincent Capodanno boarded the chopper with the last group of Marines of Mike Company, headed to the Operation Swift battlefield in the Que Son Valley. Priests did...
The Secret Dogfight

The Secret Dogfight

Navy Lieutenant Royce Williams’ actions on November 18, 1952 are considered “one of the greatest feats in aviation history” by military experts, yet for over 50 years they were kept secret. Williams’ actions were removed from U.S. Navy and...