1. Sergeant Frances Skiba Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps, World War ll
4. Sam Spector, U.S. Army, World War ll
7. Betty Miller, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam War
In this photo, Betty Miller is holding an image of herself in 1963: President John F. Kennedy presenting her with a gold service medal. It was given to her from the Federal Aviation Administration for being the first woman to fly solo across the pacific—from Oakland, California to Brisbane, Australia.
8. Harry Millnamow, U.S. Air Force, World War ll
9. Grace Aiko Amemiya, U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp, World War ll
Here, Grace Aiko Amemiya smiles during a ceremony at UCSF, where she received an honorary degree after the Japanese internment of WWll.
11. Gordon Earl Trevathan, U.S. Navy, World War ll
12. George Hickman, Tuskegee Airmen, U.S. Air Force, World War ll
George Hickman was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the US military.
13. John Hovan, U.S. Navy, World War ll
John Hovan is holding a photo of himself taken in 1942, when he served in the U.S. Navy during World War ll. Before that he volunteered in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish Civil War, one of the few Americans still alive to do so.
14. Joseph Wong, U.S. Marine Corps, Korean War
15. PFC Alejandro Ruiz, U.S. Army, World War ll
Alejandro Ruiz was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1946: On April 28, 1945 in Okinawa’s Ryukyu Islands, his squad fell under attack. PFC Ruiz managed to acquire an automatic rifle, running through grenades and machine gunfire. When attacked by an enemy solider, his rifle jammed, and he clubbed the assailant. Later, while running through bullets and grenades, he killed 12 enemy soldiers and ended the firefight, saving his entire squad.
19. Fighter Pilot Jerry Yellin and Nurse Gloria Bullard, U.S. Navy, World War ll
Recreating the famous Victor Jorgensen photo, “The Kiss,” on VJ-Day, 45 years later!
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