This grave marker was discovered by US troops on Kiska Island (Aleutians) in a small graveyard in August1943. The marker was made and placed by Japanese soldiers, after they had buried an American pilot who had crashed on the island. The marker reads: "Sleeping here, a brave air-hero who lost youth and happiness for his Mother land. July 25 - Nippon Army". A small gesture of humanity amid the Apocalypse ~
SOUNDS LIKE A PLOT FROM HOGAN'S HEROES -- PoW Horace Greasley defiantly confronts Heinrich Himmler during an inspection of the camp he was confined in. Greasley also famously escaped from the camp and snuck back in more than 200 times to meet in secret with a local German girl he had fallen in love with.
At the time of her death in 1980, pioneer American aviator Jacqueline Cochran held more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other male or female pilot in aviation history. She was also the first woman to break the sound barrier, doing so in 1953 in an F-86 Sabre jet.
Lt Werner Voss was a WW1 German ace pilot with 48 victories to his credit. He was awarded Germany's highest award, the Pour le Mérite after scoring his 24th victory in 1917. On Sep 23, 1917, Voss was shot down and killed during an epic 8-minute aerial battle with British pilots during which he nearly shot down several of his opponents. He was 20 years old.His plane went down north of Frezenberg, West Flanders, Belgium.
Clara Barton:1821-1912) - Civil War nurse, founder of the American Red Cross. Barton refused to take a salary from the government's treasury & dedicated herself aiding soldiers on the front. Never had women been allowed in hospitals, camps or battlefields; initially, military & civil officials refused her help. Eventually, she gained their trust & began receiving supplies from all over the country. As a result of her untiring work, she became known as the "Angel of the Battlefield."
Old Abe, the American War Eagle, was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment in the Civil War. Old Abe was in thirty-nine battles during the Civil War including Fredericktown, and the Siege of Vicksburg. Old Abe was not just a mascot, but became a patriotic symbol for the entire nation.
Photographer who shot iconic Second World War images after serving with elite Navy unit, dies aged 94
Navy Hellcat pilots cross the flight deck of the USS Saratoga and head for their planes just before the Japanese on Rabaul were hit a smashing blow. Miller took the images while with the military unit assigned to document the conflict
March 16, 1945: A U.S. Marine approaches a Japanese soldier on Iwo Jima, Japan during World War II. The Japanese soldier was buried for 1 1/2 days in this shell hole playing dead and ready with a live grenade inches away from his hand. The Marines feared he might be further booby trapped underneath his body after knocking the grenade to the bottom of the shell hole. Promising no resistance, the prisoner is given a cigarette he asked for and was dragged free from the hole. (AP Photo) #
This photo, one of the most widely distributed after the war, shows a German soldier shooting a Ukrainian Jew during a mass execution in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, sometime between 1941 and 1943. This image is titled "The last Jew in Vinnitsa", the text that was written on the back of the photograph, which was found in a photo album belonging to a German soldier. The German is no more than 20 years old. The youth in the black uniform in the background is no more than 16.
Tibor Rubin is a Hungarian-born American Jew who survived a Chinese prison camp, a Nazi concentration camp, single-handedly defended a hill against the entire North Korean army TWICE, nominated for the Medal of Honor 4 times, & received it once. He single-handedly saved 40 fellow soldiers by breaking out of a hardcore Chinese POW camp, raiding their stores of food & meds, & breaking back into the prison camp to give it to other prisoners. He repeated that routine daily for roughly 18 months.