Ed Mauser, who was the oldest living member of Easy Company, the Band of Brothers, died on Friday at the age of 94. Another member of the Greatest Generation was lost. “Don’t call me a hero,” Mauser told the Lincoln Journal Star in a 2009 interview. “I was just one of the boys. I did what I was told, and let’s leave it at that.”
Actor/Bad-Ass: Charles Durning was in the first wave on D-Day with the 1st Div. He was the only member of his unit to survive. He took out several German machine guns and was wounded. Later, he was bayoneted 8 times in hand-to-hand combat. At The Bulge he survived The Malmedy Massacre. He refused to discuss his service for which he was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts. "Too many bad memories," he told an interviewer. "I don't want you to see me crying." A true American hero…
Lieutenant Commander John McCain, photographed as he was forcibly dragged from the wreckage of his A-4E Seahawk after being shot down over Hanoi. Saved from drowning by Viet Cong, he was severely beaten before being taken to the infamous Hanoi Hilton as a POW. He’d remain in the North Vietnamese’s hospitality for the next 7 years.
“One day my grandson said to me, Grandpa were you a hero in the war? And I said to him no I'm not a hero, but I have served in a company full of them.” -Maj. Richard "Dick" Winters (1918-2011) Commander of Easy Company in BAND OF BROTHERS
How cool is this? Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession in New York City, April 24th, 1865. The house on the left, on the corner of 14th St. and Broadway, is that of Cornelius Roosevelt, and the 2 young boys looking out of the window are Teddy Roosevelt and his brother Elliott,
Lt. Charles Bailey, a Tuskegee Airman who flew 133 combat mission over North Africa and Europe. A member of the 99th Fighter Squadron, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, Four Oak Clusters, and the Presidential Unit Citation. Six Bailey Brothers Of Punta Gorda, Florida Served the Country in World War II, and the seventh in the Korean War.