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Michael Stoll

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50 states, 50 heroes: A wound too deep

Born Sept. 22, 1949, in Mount Vernon, Illinois, Kenneth “Kenny” Michael Kays reached adulthood during the Vietnam War. An ardent opponent of the war, Kays ... Read more

1 week ago by Mike Stoll.

50 states, 50 heroes: Running on adrenaline

Born Nov. 23, 1919, in Preston, Idaho, Leonard C. Brostrom was on a mission in California for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Associated Press.

50 states, 50 heroes: ‘Follow me!’

Born Aug. 23, 1925, in Tampa, Florida, Baldomero López (known to his friends as “Baldy” despite having a full head of hair) grew up in ... Read more

1 month ago by Mike Stoll.

50 states, 50 heroes: Taking charge at Cavalaire

Born Jan. 12, 1919, in Wilmington, Delaware, James Phillip Connor was working for the Allied Kid Leather Company when he was drafted into the Army ... Read more

1 month ago by Mike Stoll.

Echoes of Iwo Jima: World War II veteran recounts deadly battle for Pacific island

On the morning of Feb. 19, 1945, U.S. Marines of the Third, Fourth and Fifth Marine Divisions of the U.S. V Marine Amphibious Corps departed ... Read more

2 months ago by Mike Stoll.

50 states, 50 heroes: Saving Spooky 71

Born on Nov. 1, 1945, in Hartford, Connecticut, John Lee Levitow planned to join the Navy in 1966 after high school. But when he arrived ... Read more

2 months ago by Mike Stoll.

50 states, 50 heroes: A humble hero

Born May 19, 1918, in Pueblo, Colorado, William John Crawford was on his way to a potential career as a professional boxer when World War ... Read more

2 months ago by Mike Stoll.

50 states, 50 heroes: A second chance

Born Nov. 19, 1938, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Louis Richard Rocco moved with his family to a housing project in Los Angeles, California, at a ... Read more

2 months ago by Mike Stoll.

50 states, 50 heroes: Hill 200

Born on Sept. 29, 1924, in Tichnor, Arkansas, Lloyd Leslie Burke dropped out of Henderson State Teachers College (now Henderson State University) to enlist in ... Read more

2 months ago by Mike Stoll.

50 states, 50 heroes: The Arizona Kid

Born June 15, 1922, in Miami, Arizona, Manuel Verdugo Mendoza entered the U.S. Army in November 1942. After basic training at Fort MacArthur, California, Mendoza ... Read more

3 months ago by Mike Stoll.

50 states, 50 heroes: Sudong firefight

Born March 17, 1925, in Juneau, Alaska Territory, Archie Van Winkle enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Dec. 14, 1942. During World War II, ... Read more

3 months ago by Mike Stoll.

50 states, 50 heroes: In the blink of an eye

Born on July 15, 1924, in Mobile, Alabama, Jeremiah Andrew Denton Jr. entered the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1943. He graduated on ... Read more

3 months ago by Mike Stoll.

Battle of the Bulge, Part 4: Winter hell

Read part 1 here: Autumn Fog Read part 2 here: Surprise Attack Read part 3 here: The Siege of Bastogne With the German advance ending ... Read more

4 months ago by Mike Stoll.

Battle of the Bulge, Part 3: The Siege of Bastogne

When the seriousness of the German attack became apparent, Eisenhower proceeded to call up reserve units to plug holes in the Allied lines. Among them ... Read more

4 months ago by Mike Stoll.

Battle of the Bulge, part 2: Surprise attack

In the early hours of Dec. 16, 1944, cloudy weather lay over the Ardennes Forest, an area of dense growth along France’s northeast border with ... Read more

4 months ago by Mike Stoll.

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