Irene Gut Opdyke

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About Irene Gut Opdyke

Polish war hero who was a nurse that aided Jews persecuted by the Nazis during World War II. She saved twelve Jews during her service.

Early life

She was hired during the German occupation to work in the kitchen of a hotel and would take food to the local ghetto to help the hungry.

Trivia

She published an autobiography entitled In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer in 1999.

Family of Irene Gut Opdyke

She grew up with family in Kozienice, Poland.

Close associates of Irene Gut Opdyke

She was honored with a blessing from Pope John Paul II at a joint service of Jews and Catholics in 1995.

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Kit Carson

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About Kit Carson

Frontiersman who participated in the Mexican-American and Civil Wars and led conquests of several Native American tribes.

Early life

He worked as an apprentice to a Missouri saddle maker when he was fourteen years old.

Trivia

He neither read nor wrote, but was fictionalized as a hero in many novels.

Family of Kit Carson

He married Josefa Jaramillo in February 1843. The couple had eight children.

Close associates of Kit Carson

He served in the American Civil War under the leadership of James Buchanan.

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Irena Sendler

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About Irena Sendler

Polish nurse who risked her life to smuggle 2,500 children out of Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II.

Early life

She hid infants at the bottom of her large tool bag and smuggled older children in burlap sacks. As she carried out her rescue operation, her dog warned her of approaching Nazi soldiers.

Trivia

Her heroism remained largely unrecognized until a group of Kansas high school students wrote a play called “Life in a Jar” that was based on her story.

Family of Irena Sendler

She was married three times and had one daughter.

Close associates of Irena Sendler

She was called the female Oskar Schindler because she, like Schindler, saved thousands of Jews from certain death.

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Ira Hayes

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About Ira Hayes

Pima Native American war hero who was a United States Marine corporal and one of the six flag risers in the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II. He was awarded with the Combat Action Ribbon and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Early life

He went to the Phoenix Indian School for two years and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1942.

Trivia

His thoughts about his unwanted fame after becoming a war hero was talked about in the 1959 book The Outsider by William Bradford Huie.

Family of Ira Hayes

He was born the eldest of six children to teacher Nancy Hamilton and World War II veteran Joseph Hayes.

Close associates of Ira Hayes

He was portrayed by Adam Beach in the 2006 film Flags of Our Fathers.

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Claude Choules

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About Claude Choules

English-Australian military veteran who served in Australian Navy during both World Wars. He witnessed the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow in 1919 and was interviewed for documentaries like The Last Tommy.

Early life

He quit school at age fourteen and began serving on the TS Mercury in 1915.

Trivia

At the time of his death at age 110, he was the oldest man in Australia.

Family of Claude Choules

He was married to his wife Ethel for 76 years.

Close associates of Claude Choules

He and Florence Green were the last two surviving men to have served in World War I.

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