SPC Donald McCune

Donald McCune wanted to be a fighter. He named his pets after characters in the fighter-pilot movie “Top Gun,” and when the time came, he asked to transfer to a unit that would go to Iraq. “He felt this was something he needed to do, and I’m very proud of what he...

Sergeant Stubby

On a fateful day in 1917, a stray pit bull mix wandered onto the Yale University campus while members of the 102nd Infantry Regiment were training. This lost pup fit right in, participating in drills and even learning to salute with his right paw. He won the heart of...

Henry Knox

From Henry Knox’s days as a teenaged street brawler in Boston, fighting was in his blood. Although the co-founder of the Boston Grenadier Corps lacked a military education, he knew where to find it—on the shelves of his shop, the London Book-Store. The plump,...

SSG Jack M. Martin III

Jack M. Martin III dreamed of working as an educator or finding another way to help people when his time in the military ended, his family said. The 26-year-old from Bethany, Okla., was helping to resupply a school construction project in the Philippines when he was...

MAJ Charles Whittlesey

U.S. forces pinned down in the Argonne Forest (Credit: Getty Images) An attorney by trade, Major Charles Whittlesey later made his name as the uncompromising commander of the so-called “Lost Battalion,” an American unit that became stuck behind German lines. On...

SSG Archie Mac Cameron

Sergeant Cameron was the right waist gunner aboard a B-17F Flying Fortress heavy bomber, as part of 548th Bomb Squadron, 385th Bombardment Group, that was attacked by enemy aircraft and crash landed in the Atlantic Ocean about 40 miles off Padstow, Cornwall, England. ...