Pearl Witherington

Pearl Witherington

2 A.M. September 22, 1943 Under a pale crescent moon a British Halifax bomber drops through clouds over the countryside in occupied France.  At 900 feet, an exit panel opens and a lone parachutist prepares to jump. She smells the damp farmland below and watches faint...
I will survive

I will survive

A mother of two, living in Ithaca, New York, Florence Finch was raising two children while working as a secretary at Cornell University. When in 1995 the Coast Guard commemorated the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII by naming an administrative building in Hawaii in...
“Mom” Chung

“Mom” Chung

The eldest of 11 children, Margaret Chung was forced to support the family by the age of 10 when her parents became invalids. She first drove a horse-drawn freight wagon in Los Angeles and then, as a seventh grader, worked 12-hour days in a Chinese restaurant. She put...
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...
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...
The Fake Epidemic that Saved Thousands of Lives

The Fake Epidemic that Saved Thousands of Lives

German-occupied Poland, 1942 The Gestapo was terrorizing the countryside–committing random murders, forcing young Polish men and women to work as slave laborers, and dispatching Jews to death camps. 29-year-old Eugene Lazowski was distressed. As a doctor, he...