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Col Frank Capra, U.S. Army (1918-1945)

Col Frank Capra, U.S. Army (1918-1945)

Multiple Oscar-winning director Frank Capra came from humble Sicilian beginnings, but loved his adopted country so much, he served it as a US Army Colonel. Col Frank Capra, U.S. Army (1918-45) Frank Capra, of the US Army between 1918 and 1945, is perhaps most well-known for his direction of classic Americana films It’s A Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. However, his greatest contribution to American culture may be the documentary series he produced during World War II for the...

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James Patterson Teams Up With an Army Legend for the ‘Most Important’ Work of His Career

James Patterson Teams Up With an Army Legend for the ‘Most Important’ Work of His Career

James Patterson is the worldwide, best-selling creator of the "Alex Cross" and "Michael Bennett" series of books. Matt Eversmann is a U.S. Army veteran who received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for leading a team of Rangers in Somalia in 1993. His exploits were depicted in the 2001 film "Black Hawk Down". The two teamed up to create a touching, thoughtful book about the U.S. military, the people who join it, and veterans of three separate eras of conflict, "Walk In My Combat Boots," on...

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William (Bill) Ralph Blass, U.S. Army (1943-1945)

William (Bill) Ralph Blass, U.S. Army (1943-1945)

Together We Served profiles Bill Blass, who gained a reputation as a fashion maven and designer, but also served in the highly unusual Ghost Army during WW2. William (Bill) Ralph Blass, U.S. Army (1943-1945) William (or Bill) Ralph Blass of the US Army between 1943 and 1945 is better known for his contributions to the fashion industry. However, his efforts during World War II are as remarkable as they are unusual. The Beginnings of Bill Blass, American Fashion Designer William Ralph Blass was...

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MOH Recipient SFC Fred Willam Zabitosky, U.S. Army (1959 – 1989)

MOH Recipient SFC Fred Willam Zabitosky, U.S. Army (1959 – 1989)

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. SFC Zabitosky, US Army, distinguished himself while serving as an assistant team leader of a nine-man Special Forces long-range reconnaissance patrol. SFC Zabitosky's patrol was operating deep within the enemy-controlled territory in Laos when they were attacked by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army unit.  SFC Zabitosky rallied his team members, deployed them into...

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Our Vietnam Wars

Our Vietnam Wars

By William F. Brown Real stories told by real people, in their own words, 100 veterans, men, and women caught up in an all too real war. From the Delta to the DMZ, come walk in their boots. If you were there, you understand. If you weren't, grab a copy.  The Vietnam War dominated my generation and affected so many lives in so many different ways. Some of us were drafted. Some enlisted. Some became war heroes, intentional or not, but most of us were just trying to survive. As we all knew,...

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Desi Arnaz, U.S. Army (1942-1945)

Desi Arnaz, U.S. Army (1942-1945)

Before Desi Arnaz was the co-star and producer of I Love Lucy, he was a member of the US Army. Together We Served looks at his life and service. Desi Arnaz, U.S. Army (1942-1945) Desi Arnaz of the US Army between 1942 and 1945 is perhaps most famous for his starring role as Ricky Ricardo opposite his real-life spouse Lucille Ball in the foundational modern TV sitcom I Love Lucy. Desi was already on his way to becoming a star when he was drafted into the US Army, but his time as a soldier gave...

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Jack “Jackie” Robinson, U.S. Army (1942-1944)

Jack “Jackie” Robinson, U.S. Army (1942-1944)

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919 to a family of sharecroppers. His mother, Mallie Robinson, single-handedly raised Jackie and her four other children. From this humble beginning would grow the first baseball player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier that segregated the sport for more than 50 years.

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