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.
Commanding U.S. forces in the Battle of James Island on November 14, 1782, Kościuszko was nearly killed, but was among the first Continental troops to reoccupy Charleston, S.C. After seven years of faithful, uninterrupted service to the American cause, on October 13, 1783, he was promoted to brigadier general, received American citizenship and was given by Congress a grant of land near Columbus, Ohio. When he died, he left his property to be used to buy the freedom of black slaves.
George Vujnovich of New York
In the summer of 1944, the U.S. Army Air Corps undertook a series of missions to Romania to attack Hitler's oil fields -- and the Nazis sent up anti-aircraft fire that downed hundreds of American bombers. Many of the surviving airmen were retrieved by a group of Serbian resistance fighters called the Chetniks.
The Chetniks hated Nazis, but didn’t think much of Americans either, so put them into prison camps. The U.S. Army sent George Vujnovich, a New Yorker with Serbian roots, to negotiate for their release. He masterminded a huge operation codenamed "Halyard Mission," during which 512 airmen were escorted out of Nazi territory by the militia of war-hardened Serbs – which Vujnovich won over to the American side.
He was awarded the Bronze Star for his efforts. "I feel deeply satisfied," said Vujnovich. "Not for myself, but for men who gave their lives to save these airmen."
Chiune Sugihara of Japan
During World War II, Japanese Consul-General Chiune Sugihara and his wife Yukiko were assigned to Berlin. They saw first-hand how bad things were getting for the Jews and decided to get involved. Unfortunately the Japanese government had formed the Axis with Germany and fascist Italy – and refused permission for Chiune to issue visas to Jews to get them out of harm's way.
So, he did it anyway, in direct disobedience to his superiors. The Nazis became furious – but Chiune and his wife started issuing Japanese visas around the clock, blazing through them like no bureaucrats in history. Although they were forced to flee the country, Sugihara continued issuing visas and throwing them out his train window as it pulled away.In the end, it's estimated he and his wife saved the lives of up to 6,000 Jews – which is noteworthy when you consider that Oskar Schindler's list is estimated to have saved 801.