Erich Mußfeldt was assigned to serve at Auschwitz I of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in mid-1940, then in late 1941 he was transferred to Majdanek Concentration Camp, where he assumed the role of the chief of the crematorium. In May 1944, he returned to Auschwitz as the supervising officer of the Jewish Sonderkommando in Crematorium II and III at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. Starting in Aug 1944, he served on the front lines, but in early Apr 1945 he was assigned to Flossenbürg.
Sky-struck since his childhood on a Wisconsin farm, Richard Ira Bong, the top US fighter pilot in the war, earned his pilot's license before enlisting in the Army Air Corps. In flight training in California he annoyed - and impressed - his superiors with stunts like buzzing San Francisco office buildings and blowing laundry off an Oakland clothesline. In 2 weeks of combat, Bong downed 5 Japanese planes, earning himself "ace" status. By early November he was up to 21 victories.
Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter celebrated at White House as modern miracle
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life With his superior officer believed to be dead, PO Thornton returned through a hail of fire to the lieutenant's last position; quickly disposed of 2 enemy soldiers about to overrun the position, and succeeded in removing the seriously wounded and unconscious Senior Naval Advisor to the water's edge. He then inflated the lieutenant's lifejacket and towed him seaward for approximately 2 hours until picked up by support craft.
Imprisonment in the Hanoi Hilton was a test of a man’s spirit, and the relentless battle between captor and prisoner would find new levels of strength from inside the depths of every man trapped there. Orson Swindle remembers John McCain. Orson Swindle: Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton – Vietnam prisoner to Asst. Commerce Secretary (interview)