Who was John Cruickshank?

Introduction John Alexander Cruickshank, VC (born 20 May 1920) is a Scottish banker, former Royal Air Force officer, and a Second World War recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Cruickshank was awarded the VC for… Read More

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Who was Herbert Jones?

Introduction Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Jones, VC, OBE (14 May 1940 to 28 May 1982), known as H. Jones, was a British Army officer and posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC). He was awarded the VC after being killed in action during the Battle of Goose Green for his actions as commanding officer of the… Read More

Who was Audie Murphy?

Introduction Audie Leon Murphy (20 June 1925 to 28 May 1971) was an American soldier, actor, songwriter, and rancher. He was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He received every military combat award for valour available from the US Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism.… Read More

Who was Joseph G. LaPointe Jr.?

Introduction Joseph Guy LaPointe Jr. (02 July 1948 to 02 June 1969) was a combat medic in the United States Army who posthumously received the Medal of Honour for his actions during the Vietnam War. Biography LaPointe, known to his family as “Guy”, was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. After graduating from Northridge High… Read More

Who was Gunnar Sonsteby?

Introduction Gunnar Fridtjof Thurmann Sønsteby DSO (11 January 1918 to 10 May 2012) was a member of the Norwegian resistance movement during the German occupation of Norway in World War II. Known by the nickname “Kjakan” (“The Chin”) and as “Agent No. 24”, he was the most highly decorated citizen in Norway, including being the… Read More

Who was Thomas W. Bennett?

Introduction Thomas William Bennett (07 April 1947 to 11 February 1969) was a United States Army medic who was killed in action during the Vietnam War and the second conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honour. Bennett received the medal after repeatedly putting himself in harm’s way to save wounded soldiers during operations in… Read More

Who was Desmond Doss?

Introduction Desmond Thomas Doss (07 February 1919 to 23 March 2006) was a United States Army corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Guam and the Philippines. Doss further distinguished himself in the Battle of Okinawa… Read More