19 Heartwarming Photographs Of U.S. Veterans, Then And Now
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1. Sergeant Frances Skiba Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps, World War ll
2. Lt. Jose Bunda, U.S. Army Infantry, World War ll
3. Scottie Eldon Ooton, U.S. Marine Corps, World War ll
4. Sam Spector, U.S. Army, World War ll
5. Willie Hazelrig, Montford Marines, World War ll
Willie Hazelrig served with the Montford Marines, the first black Marine unit. In August 2012 he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor.
6. Sidney Phillips, U.S. Marine Corps, World War ll
WWII veteran Dr. Sidney Phillips is currently being portrayed in the HBO series, "The Pacific."
7. Betty Miller, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam War
8. Harry Millnamow, U.S. Air Force, World War ll
9. Grace Aiko Amemiya, U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp, World War ll
10. Seaman Al Rutter, U.S. Navy, World War ll
11. Gordon Earl Trevathan, U.S. Navy, World War ll
12. George Hickman, Tuskegee Airmen, U.S. Air Force, World War ll
13. John Hovan, U.S. Navy, World War ll
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.
16. Sgt. Riley A. McCray and Cpl. Lynn L. Williams, Montford Point Marines, World War ll
The two marines were among the 22,000 African-American to serve in the Corps between 1942 and 1949 during racism and segregation.
17. Radioman 2nd Class Harrison D. Miller, U.S. Air Force, World War ll
Harrison D. Miller received the Distinguished Flying Cross when completing a successful water landing after the plane he was in came under enemy fire and the pilot became mortally wounded.
18. Edward Gibston, Tuskegee Airman, World War ll