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Captain Humbert Roque "Rocky" Versace was a US Army officer of Puerto Rican-Italian descent who was awarded the Medal for his heroic actions while a prisoner of war (POW) during the Vietnam War. He was the first member of the Army to be awarded the Medal for actions performed in Southeast Asia while in captivity. He was executed by the Vietcong while a prisoner of war after repeated escape attempts, torture and maltreatment.
Edward James (Babe) Heffron (5/16/1923 – 12/1/2013) was a private w/Easy Co, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division of the US Army during WWII. As a 'replacement' member of Easy, he fought in several major battles, including Operation Market Garden & the Battle of the Bulge. During the Bulge he served as a machine gunner and was awarded the Bronze Star. He helped liberate the Kaufering concentration camp in Landsberg, Germany, & took part in the seizure of Hitler's Eagle's Nest.
Prince Alexander Ferdinand of Prussia (26 December 1912--12 June 1985), only child of Prince August Wilhelm. Like his father, Alexander was a supporter of Hitler and served in the German army. When other princes earned Hitler's mistrust and were dismissed from their commands, Alexander was allowed to remain at his post. In 1938 he forfeited his succession rights to marry Armgard Weygand, widow of a Luftwaffe major. They had 1 son, Prince Stephan.
Detail of portrait of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich (1827 - 1892) at the age of 32. Second son of Tsar Nicholas I, one of the most liberal of the Romanovs, and great-great grandfather of the current Prince of Wales. (Franz Xavier Winterhalter 1859)
Private Cathay Williams was the only woman to serve in the US Army as a Buffalo Soldier. On November 15, 1866 she enlisted in the Army as a man. Williams reversed her name William Cathay and lived as a male soldier and served until she was found out due to the last of many illnesses she suffered while a serving. She is the only documented black woman known to have served in the Army during these times when enlisting women was prohibited