Audie Murphy was awarded every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism.
Murphy received the Medal of Honor for valor that he demonstrated at the age of 19 for single-handedly holding off an entire company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in France in January 1945, then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition.
Diarrhea was the leading cause of death in the American Civil War and there was an unwritten code of honor among Civil War soldiers, “that forbade the shooting of men while attending to the imperative calls of nature”
A British WWI Prisoner was released by the Germans so that he could visit his dying mother, and then returned as he had made a promise to Kaiser Wilhelm II.
During WWII, a Japanese kamikaze pilot hit the USS Missouri, and his body landed on deck. Though an unpopular decision, the captain demanded a proper burial for the Japanese soldier. He explained to his crew that after death he was no longer their enemy, and the crew hand-stitched a Japanese flag.
During World War 2, Hershey made a bar for U.S. soldiers that was meant to taste so bad soldiers would only eat it if they were starving.
During WWI, a Canadian soldier smuggled his bear ‘Winnipeg’ into Britain, and she later became an attraction at a London Zoo. A boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved ‘Winnie’ so much that he named his own teddy after her, inspiring his father to write stories about a silly old bear who loves honey.
Despite being on hard times, One of the US most decorated war veterans repeatedly turned down offers to appear in Alcohol and Tobacco commercials because he knew it would be a bad role model for young people. The soldier, Audie Murphy, had won every single US Army Award for combat in WWII. source
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Scottish soldier Gregor MacGregor claimed he was made the leader of a country in Latin America which did not exist and then proceeded to earn himself a fortune by selling land and government bonds of said fictitious country to wealthy British and French investors. source
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