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....
D-Day’s ‘forgotten man’

D-Day’s ‘forgotten man’

‘Monday, June 5, 1944. Thus has been made the vital and crucial decision to stage the great enterprise which [shall?], I hope, be the immediate means of bringing about the downfall of Germany’s fighting power & Nazi oppression & an early cessation of...
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...
Jack Lucas

Jack Lucas

February 19, 1945. Less than a week after his 17th birthday, Marine PFC Jack Lucas and 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division land on Iwo Jima. The next day, two Japanese grenades fell into the trench he was sharing with three fellow Marines. He yelled...
The Cat Lady’s Secret

The Cat Lady’s Secret

Neighbors in the British seaside town of Torquay described her as a very private woman who loved her cats. The frail, 89 year old woman who had no known relatives was destined for a pauper’s grave. Then, police looked through her possessions and found old French...
Maddalena Cerasuolo

Maddalena Cerasuolo

Late September, 1943 The Allies are closing in on Naples, Italy.  Determined to put down any resistance from the local population, the Germans summarily execute anyone suspected of subversion. They order all arms be turned in, and for all males ages 18-33 to report...