Fact 887: On September 17, 1951, 22 year old Herbert Pililaau found himself fighting for his life against the North Korean army on what would become known as Heartbreak Ridge. His squad was tasked with covering a retreat. When it was time, Pililaau ultimately volunteered to cover the retreat of his squad, telling his commanding officer to go on without him. U.S. soldiers watching from far above then witnessed Pililaau first exhausting his ammunition, then expending all his hand grenades, at…
Lion monument to the Sacred Band of Thebes, most of whom probably died in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC. This military force, the elite of the Theban army, consisted of 150 sets of male lovers. At Chaeronea, they held their ground, and nearly all fell where they stood, as it was observed at the time, "heaped one upon another." The lion, erected 40 years later, was always thought to stand at the battle's site, and when excavated in 1890, revealed 254 skeletons, arranged in rows.
The Sacred Band of Thebes (Ancient Greek: Ἱερὸς Λόχος, Hieròs Lókhos) was a troop of picked soldiers, consisting of 150 pairs of male lovers which formed the elite force of the Theban army in the 4th century BC. It is said to have been organised by the Theban commander Gorgidas in 378 BC and to have played a crucial role in the Battle of Leuctra.
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In 338 BCE, during the Battle of Chaeronea that results in the massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes, the legendary Tempus and his stepson cavalry rescue 23 pairs of Theban Sacred Banders, paired lovers and friends, to fight on other days.