Dickey Chapelle (1919-1965) was one of the first female war correspondents, covering World War II, the Korean conflict and Vietnam. On the morning of November 4, 1965, Chapelle was killed by a land mine while on patrol with a platoon, becoming the first war correspondent killed in Vietnam and the first female correspondent killed in action.
Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson - He was killed in March 1941 in the London Blitz while performing with his band, The West Indian Orchestra. Johnson, came to Britain from Guyana at age fifteen and was on his way to changing the British music industry. He was well-established throughout the UK due to his regular appearances on BBC radio and was famous when he died at age 26.
Oberstleutnant Friedrich Beckh was a WW2 German ace with 48 confirmed victories and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Despite suffering from poor eyesight, he took to flying fighters with great enthusiasm after spending time as a staff officer. Beckh was greatly successful on the Eastern Front. On June 21, 1942, while attacking a Russian fighter base in the area of Izium-Kupiansk-Waluiki, east of Charkov, Beckh was killed when his plane was hit by flak.
John Basilone - He served three years in the United States Army with duty in the Philippines before joining the Marine Corps. In 1940 he joined the Marine Corps and after attending training was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Solomon Islands and eventually to Guadalcanal where he held off 3,000 Japanese troops after his 15-member unit was reduced to two men. He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima, after which he was posthumously honored with the Navy Cross.
Oberst Alfred Druschel (born 4 February 1917 in Bindsachsen KIA 1 January 1945 near Aachen in Bodenplatte)He was the first combat pilot to be honored with the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Hiram Granbury ... particularly distinguished for bravery in the battle at Ringold Gap, where he commanded his own brigade for the first time. He again particularly distinguished himself at the battle of New Hope Church. Leading his brigade in in the front lines at the battle of Franklin, 1864, he was killed in action, one of six general officers killed in the battle. Granbury, Texas was named in his honor.