What Great War Hero Are You?
What famous war hero are you most like? Here is a list of great war heroes and their stories.
York and his men flanked the Germans, overran a unit, and captured the enemy. Suddenly he came under fire from a different machine gun on a nearby ridge and six Americans around him were killed. York, the Tennessee farmboy who had grown up hunting dinner for his family, remained cool and began to shoot. "All I could do was touch the Germans off just as fast as I could. I was sharp shooting. All the time I kept yelling at them to come down. I didn't want to kill any more than I had to." The Germans surrendered and York marched 132 German prisoners back to the American lines.
His Congressional Medal of Honor citation called him fearless, daring and heroic.
“Warriors are funny people,” writes Noonan. “They're often naturally peaceable and often do great good when they return. York went home to Tennessee, married, founded an agricultural institute (it's still operating as an award-winning public high school) and a Bible school. They made a movie about him in 1941, the great Howard Hawks film "Sergeant York." If you are in Manhattan, walk down York Avenue on the Upper East Side. It was named for him. He died in Nashville in 1964 at 77.
Los Niños Héroes of Mexico City
If we are going to consider history’s great heroes, we cannot overlook Juan de la Barrera, Juan Escutia, Francisco Marquez, Agustin Melgar, Fernando Montes de Oca and Vicente Suarez. They are known to very Mexican schoolchild as “Los Infantes” or “Los Niños Héroes,” the little boy heroes. The youngest was 13. All were teenagers, military cadets in Mexico City. The Mexican-American War was in its final chapters. United States Marines were quickly advancing on Chapultepec Castle, Mexico’s national military academy.
Mexico’s General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna recognized the strategic advantage that Chapultepec Hill held. Rising some 200 feet above Mexico City, it was naturally fortified. However, American forces greatly outnumbered their Mexican counterparts, both in manpower, strategy and gunpowder.
When it became apparent that the American forces were triumphing, Santa Anna ordered a retreat to safety. The six young cadets refused and fled into the building – vowing to stay and defend their academy.
The Americans began a day-long artillery barrage against Chapultepec at dawn on September 12. On September 13 at first light, U.S. General Winfield Scott ordered a charge.