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Edward Donald Slovik (February 18, 1920 – January 31, 1945) was a private in the United States Army during World War II and the only American soldier to be court-martialled and executed for desertion since the American Civil War. Although over 21,000 American soldiers were given varying sentences for desertion during World War II, including 49 death sentences, Slovik's was the only death sentence carried out

Eli Lamar Whiteley - Georgetown, TX , Texas A: (December 10, 1913 – December 2, 1986) was a Captain in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Sigolsheim, France during World War II. By his disregard for personal safety, his aggressiveness while suffering from severe wounds, his determined leadership and superb courage, 1st Lt. Whiteley killed 9 Germans, captured 23 more and spearheaded an attack which cracked the core of enemy resistance in a vital area.

From Mongolia with love: Red Army soldier from the farthest steppes of the Soviet Union poses triumphant in the devastated streets of Berlin, May 1945.

Burgess Meredith joined the United States Army Air Corps in February, 1942 and eventually reached the rank of Captain. He transferred to the Office of War Information and was involved in making films for GIs. He was discharged in 1945 to work on the movie, The Story of G.I. Joe.

Impressive Americans: Dr. Mary Edwards Walker. A feminist, abolitionist, alleged spy, surgeon and only female recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for hardship endured as a prisoner of war! One tough lady! (1832-1919).

On August 22, 1864, The International Red Cross was founded as part of the Geneva Convention.  We found this photo of Ernest Hemingway in an American Red Cross Ambulance during World War I in Italy. Circa 1918.

Bataan Death March, 1942 - the forcible transfer, by the Imperial Japanese Army, of 76,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of prisoners.

U.S. soldier looks back at the beach after landing, Colleville sur Mer, Normandy, June 6 1944

Russian and American soldiers shaking hands and greeting each other as Allies at the end of World War 2.

Ben Kuroki - flew a total of 58 combat missions during World War II, and is the only Japanese-American in the United States Army Air Forces to serve in combat operations in the Pacific theater of World War II.

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10 Interesting Facts About World War II That You Might Not Know

Almost 80% of the males born in the Soviet Union in 1923 did not survive World War II.

This picture was taken on August 29, 1945, the day of liberation at Dachau Concentration Camp. The man on the ground is an SS guard moments away from being executed by the inmates standing near him. During his time as a guard, he brutalized and murdered untold numbers of innocent men, women and children. Only at the point of death does he show remorse. He was executed with the shovel in the hand of the inmate on the left. An Allied soldier turns his back, refusing to intervene.

A BAND OF BLACK AMERICAN HEROS. Seeking to rescue a Marine who was drowning in the surf at Iwo Jima, this sextet of black soldiers narrowly missed death themselves when their landing craft was swamped by heavy seas.