MAJ Hulon Brocke Whittington

Hulon Brocke Whittington was born on July 9, 1921 in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He was residing elsewhere in the state when he enlisted in the United States Army on August 21, 1940. I have reason to believe he was a member of the Louisiana National Guard federalized along...

LT Ellan Levitsky Orkin

World War II Army nurses, like Ellan and Dorothy Levitsky, joined a lineage started in World War I. In 1944, the Levitsky sisters were licensed nurses working in Philadelphia hospitals when one of them got a wild idea. Ellan was going to join the Army Nurse Corps. She...

PFC Hilman Prestridge

Army Pfc. Hilman Prestridge, who is 94 years old in the portrait.  Courtesy of Jeffrey Rease Army Amphibious Forces Pfc. Hilman Prestridge survived D-Day. He was among the first soldiers to storm Omaha Beach in Normandy. Rease said he asked Prestridge what his...

Col. Charles McGee (Ret.)

Retired Col. Charles McGee stepped out of the small commercial jet and flashed a smile. Then a thumbs-up. McGee had returned on a round-trip flight Friday morning from Dover Air Force Base, where he served as co-pilot on one of two flights done especially for his...

Col. Charles McGee (Ret.)

Retired Col. Charles McGee stepped out of the small commercial jet and flashed a smile. Then a thumbs-up. McGee had returned on a round-trip flight Friday morning from Dover Air Force Base, where he served as co-pilot on one of two flights done especially for his...

SPC Jordan Byrd

Specialist Jordan Byrd served as a medic in the 101st Airborne. When his unit came under fire during an operation, Byrd watched as one of his fellow soldiers went down with a shot to the leg. Without hesitation, Byrd rushed to his aid across 30 meters of open ground,...