James McCoy

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About James McCoy

Notable as the sixth person to hold the office of Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force, he served in the Vietnam War and earned numerous military honors, including the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Early life

After briefly attending both St. Ambrose College in Iowa and St. Benedict’s College in Kansas, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the Centenary College of Louisiana and went on to graduate from the Second Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Academy and the U.S. Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy.

Trivia

In the late 1950s, he began assistant commanding the University of Notre Dame’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps of Cadets.

Family of James McCoy

He spent his early childhood in Creston, Iowa, and his high school years in Atchison, Kansas.

Close associates of James McCoy

McCoy and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge both received National Defense Service Medals and Vietnam Service Medals.

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Desmond Doss

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About Desmond Doss

Combat medic of the United States Army during World War II who distinguished himself during the Battle of Okinawa. He saved 75 wounded infantrymen while refusing to kill an enemy soldier or carry a weapon into combat due to his Seventh-day Aventist beliefs.

Early life

He helped support his family during the Great Depression by working at the Lynchburg Lumber Company.

Trivia

He was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor, and the only conscientious objector to receive the medal during World War II.

Family of Desmond Doss

He was born the son of a carpenter and homemaker and raised alongside siblings named Audrey and Harold. He married Dorothy Schutte with whom he had one son named Desmond “Tommy” Doss Jr. He later married Frances Duman after Dorothy passed away in a car accident.

Close associates of Desmond Doss

He was portrayed by Andrew Garfield in the Mel Gibson-directed film Hacksaw Ridge.

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John Brown

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About John Brown

Connecticut-born abolitionist who led armed anti-slavery raids in Kansas and at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

Early life

He studied to become a Congregationalist minister; however, he soon ran out of money and was forced to work at his father’s tannery.

Trivia

He believed that violent action was the only way to bring an end to slavery.

Family of John Brown

He married Dianthe Lusk in 1820.

Close associates of John Brown

He and Frederick Douglass were fellow abolitionists.

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John Laurens

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About John Laurens

Soldier and statesman during the American Revolutionary War who became known for his criticism of slavery. He was portrayed by Anthony Ramos in the acclaimed musical Hamilton.

Early life

He was tutored at home before his mother died. His father then took him to England to finish his education.

Trivia

His life came to an end during the Battle of the Combahee River.

Family of John Laurens

He married Martha Manning in 1776. He had siblings named Frances, Martha, Henry, James, and Mary, and was born to parents Henry Laurens and Eleanor Ball.

Close associates of John Laurens

He developed a close relationship with Alexander Hamilton.

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Joan of Arc

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About Joan of Arc

Catholic saint who disguised herself as a man and led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years’ War. After being captured by the Burgundians, she was burned at the stake for heresy when she was 19 years old. Actress Ingrid Bergman portrayed her in a 1948 Victor Fleming film.

Early life

She had her divine vision at the age of twelve, claiming to have seen Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret.

Trivia

Twenty-five years after her execution, Pope Callixtus III reviewed her trial, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr.

Family of Joan of Arc

Her parents were Jacques d’Arc and Isabelle Romee.

Close associates of Joan of Arc

Napoleon made her a national symbol of France in 1803.

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Paul Revere

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About Paul Revere

Patriot of the American Revolution who warned his fellow patriots, during his legendary midnight ride, that the British were coming.

Early life

He ran his family’s silver shop during the 1750s.

Trivia

Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about him titled “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

Family of Paul Revere

He was married to Sarah Orne from 1757 to 1773 and Rachel Walker from 1773 to 1813. 

Close associates of Paul Revere

He and Patrick Henry were both members of the Sons and Daughters of Liberty, a pre-revolutionary secret society.

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