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...
Tibor Rubin

Tibor Rubin

He survived a Nazi concentration camp and a Chinese prison camp and single-handedly defended a hill against a North Korean assault in order to allow his fellow soldiers to retreat to safety. Born to Jewish parents in Hungary, Tibor Rubin was sent to Mauthausen...
Dorothy Counts

Dorothy Counts

September 4, 1957 A 15 year old girl starts her first day at school. She is met by her fellow students and many of their parents, who jeer at her, call her names, throw garbage and rocks at her. Girls, encouraged by their parents, spit on her. Dorothy Counts was one...
Johaven Gonzales

Johaven Gonzales

  “I remember I could feel the car tilting, then we were going up and down, then we were just flying off.” This is how 8-year-old Johaven Gonzales described what it was like to be in a car plunging down a 150 foot embankment.  They had been driving on...
A 9-year-old Hero

A 9-year-old Hero

Young Tyler Doohan was like any nine-year old,  “… always outside playing around, getting into things,” according to one resident of the trailer park where Tyler occasionally stayed overnight with his grandparents.  But Tyler was also a lot like his...
Alicia Appleman-Jurman

Alicia Appleman-Jurman

She was only 11 years old when the nazis entered her village in Eastern Poland and began rounding up Jews.  First her father, then, one by one, her brothers were murdered, leaving only Alicia and her mother. The SS eventually forced Alicia and her friends to board a...