CW3 Shawn Pylinski

A 23-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Shawn Pylinski is honored by Aaron Pylinski. Chief Shawn Pylinski—known to most as “Pistol,” after the famed basketball player “Pistol” Pete Maravich—dedicated his service in the U.S. Army to being an...

SGM James G. “Ryan” Sartor

Sgt. Maj. James G. “Ryan” Sartor, 40, a Special Forces company sergeant major, died Saturday (July 13th) during combat operations in Faryab province, Afghanistan, the Army announced. Sartor was assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He died from injuries...

Henry Johnson

Henry Johnson was the most famous member of the “Harlem Hellfighters,” an all-black National Guard unit that was among the first American forces to arrive in Europe during World War I. Johnson and his fellow African American soldiers spent their early days in the war...

Sergeant Alvin York

Sergeant Alvin York was once described as World War I’s “greatest civilian soldier,” yet he began the conflict as a conscientious objector. A deeply devout man from the small mountain town of Pall Mall, Tennessee, York initially resisted serving on the grounds that...

Frank Luke

Renegade pilot Frank Luke was America’s greatest “balloon buster,” the nickname assigned to the brash aviators who attacked German observation balloons used to sight artillery. Luke joined the 27th Aero Squadron in France in July 1918, and wasted little time in...