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March 4, 2008 | Sarah D. Wire, Times Staff Writer
More than a quarter-century after his death and 56 years after he single-handedly took out three enemy machine-gun nests in the Korean War, Army Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble was awarded the Medal of Honor on Monday -- the first Sioux to receive the nation's top decoration for bravery in battle.
December 14, 2007 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
Andrzej Wajda rose to prominence as one of Poland's most gifted cinematic talents on the strength of his 1955 feature-length debut, "Pokolenie," the first film in a trilogy of World War II-set dramas that explored the plight of the individual in the midst of chaos and questioned conventional notions of heroism.
October 26, 2007 | Peter H. King, Times Staff Writer
As smoke spread from Castaic to the Mexican border, the numbers rolled in -- air tankers, bulldozers and fire crews deployed, acres consumed, residents evacuated, houses destroyed, the precise percentages of containment, the speed of the wind (as opposed to wind gusts), the number of utility customers without electricity, of avocado trees lost, of Red Cross shelters opened and the telephone numbers to reach them. Sometimes these numbers were presented in the aggregate.
October 23, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
In a somber, understated ceremony in the White House East Room, President Bush on Monday awarded the Medal of Honor to a Navy SEAL mortally wounded two years ago on a hillside in Afghanistan after he sent out an emergency call for reinforcements and continued firing at Taliban insurgents. The medal, given to Lt. Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patch- ogue, N.Y., is the nation's highest military honor. This is the first one the president has bestowed for action in Afghanistan.
September 8, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
James Campbell showed up in the uniform of a Los Angeles County firefighter at some of the nation's worst disaster sites, including the World Trade Center and in the devastation following Hurricane Katrina. He flashed a badge as he strode into secured areas to help fight the Esperanza fire in Riverside County last year. He even posed for his driver's license photo wearing a crew cut and his uniform, with his badge on his chest. The trouble is, authorities say, he wasn't a fireman.
August 7, 2007
Re " 'Hero' rings hollow," Opinion, Aug. 3 I have long felt that the term "hero" has become victim of the tendency by politicians to create jingoistic phrases that play well with the public. I was a reserve police officer for 20 years and never felt that just showing up for a work shift was a heroic act. It was simply what I chose to do to as a contribution to the community. The term has become devalued in my view. If everyone is a hero, then no one is.
July 16, 2007 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Perhaps the most dramatic image from the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles did not involve a gold medalist -- or a medalist of any type. It featured an athlete in distress, Gabriele Andersen-Scheiss, whose tortured push to the finish line in the inaugural Olympic women's marathon drew anguished gasps from a crowd of more than 70,000 in the Coliseum but transformed the Swiss runner into an international symbol of courage and determination. Anyone who has seen it probably has never forgotten it.
May 27, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Manzanar, Calif., May 1942. It's a warm morning at the dusty, inhospitable World War II internment camp on the bleak edge of the Owens Valley. Latino teenager Ralph Lazo arrives by bus to join his Japanese American friends from Belmont High School. Lazo, a 16-year-old Mexican-Irish American, was motivated by loyalty and outrage at the internment of his friends. He became the only known non-spouse, non-Japanese who voluntarily relocated to Manzanar.
April 15, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
Everyone agrees that Danny Dietz died a hero. The Navy SEAL perished in the mountains of Afghanistan two years ago, holding off militia fighters for 45 minutes during an ambush. The helicopter coming to rescue his four-man squad was shot down, and Dietz, though wounded, resisted so ferociously that one of his comrades was able to escape. Petty Officer 2nd Class Dietz, 25, was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the service's second-highest honor, for his valor.
April 14, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
When he graduated from Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego, Christopher Adlesperger's family was there to show support. And after he was killed in combat in Iraq, the family gathered at the hometown airport in Albuquerque to await the arrival of his body. On Friday, his extended family assembled again, this time at Camp Pendleton, where they accepted a Navy Cross awarded to him posthumously.
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