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Private Sean Stokes carries home his weapon and the weapon of his fallen best friend. Stokes single-handedly killed nine terrorists in Fallujah in November 2004.

Exclusive–Patrick K. O’Donnell: Saving Private Stokes

“Pat, this is Stokes. You know my dream has always been to be a Marine. I need your help on something. I found out this week the Corps doesn’t want to extend my enlistment — they are going to kick me out. Can you write a letter of recommendation?”

Battle WWI

Exclusive–Patrick K. O’Donnell: A Different Kind of Courage

This year marks the hundred-year anniversary of some of America’s most important battles in World War I. That makes it a fitting time to reflect on the achievements of some of the war’s forgotten heroes, including Boston’s own Charles Leo O’Connor.

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Exclusive–Patrick K. O’Donnell: American Badass

Nearly one hundred years ago, on June 6, 1918, a small group of American Marines became a living legend. It was the bloodiest day in U.S. Marine Corps history until that time and would become an integral part of the lore passed down to every Marine recruit.

Homeless 89-Year-Old World War II Veteran Braves New York Streets

Homeless 89-Year-Old World War II Veteran Braves New York Streets

Sixty-nine years ago this month, the Battle of the Bulge raged across Europe’s Ardennes Forest as the Allies fought in brutal arctic weather to contain Hitler’s last great counteroffensive. One veteran–and one of NYC’s oldest homeless men–still battles the elements.

The Quiet American Hero: Inspiration for 'The Real Inglorious Bastards'

The Quiet American Hero: Inspiration for 'The Real Inglorious Bastards'

On the outskirts of a sleepy West Virginia town lives 92-year-old Frederick Mayer. His current life is fairly peaceful–he still chops wood nearly every day and volunteers with Meals on Wheels. But this ninety-something’s life hasn’t always been so simple. 

Arlington Burial for Swiss-Born WWII Hero

Arlington Burial for Swiss-Born WWII Hero

The glare of a powerful flashlight and bright torches illuminated the house. Four German hand grenades smashed through the windows and sailed into the room. “We’re surrounded–let’s get out of here fast!” René Joyeuse yelled to the resistance fighters in