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The Mastermind of Iwo Jima: The Japanese General Responsible for Thousands of Civilian and Military Deaths

Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, commanding officer of the Imperial Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, was an innovative leader. Born into a noble Samurai family on 7 July 1891 in Nagano Prefecture, he attended the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, finishing second in his class. Unlike most IJA generals, he spent time in North America. In 1928, …

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Gallantry and Risk Beyond the Call of Duty: The U.S. Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the highest U.S. military decoration for valor. The medal “recognizes individual gallantry at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty.” Since Congress created it in 1861, fewer around 3,500 servicemen out of 45 million who have served during wartime have received it (40 percent of the …

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The Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)

The Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) included 1,074 female pilots who served during World War II as U.S. federal civil service employees attached to the U.S. Army Air Force. WASPs freed male pilots for combat and transported every type of military aircraft, towed targets for live anti-aircraft practice, simulated strafing missions and delivered cargo. In …

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Stars and Stripes Minnie Vautrin

Professor Wilhelmina “Minnie” Vautrin

Professor Wilhelmina “Minnie” Vautrin – Former president of Ginling College, University of Nanking – Turned the college into a refugee center – Saved hundreds of women and children during the Rape of Nanking – Personally confronted Imperial Japanese soldiers – Posthumously awarded China’s Emblem of the Blue Jade During the Nanking Massacre, American Professor Minnie …

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Holland Smith Profile

USMC Lieutenant General Holland Smith

USMC Lt. General Holland “Howlin’ Mad” Smith  – Father of modern amphibious warfare – Assistant commandant of the Marine Corps (1939) – Served with the 1st Marine Brigade, 1st Marine Div, V Amphibious Corps – Commanding general, Fleet Marine Force (1944) – Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Purple Heart, Croix de Guerre USMC Lt. Gen. Holland …

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