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Bernie Webber led one of the greatest Coast Guard rescues in history that was later chronicled in the book and movie, “The Finest Hours.”
As the events of 9/11 unfolded, Marine Veteran Robert Darling served as a liaison between the Pentagon and Vice President Dick Cheney in the underground bunker at the White House.
NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. He was also a seasoned Naval aviator.
In May 1942, National Guardsman William “Bill” Clayton Overmier was captured and sent to a Japanese prisoner of war camp. For the next three years, Overmier remained at the camp until its liberation by American troops.
Cmdr. Raymond J. Evans served at Guadalcanal during World War II. He was close friends with Douglas Munro, the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient.
Navy Veteran George Coker served as a bombardier before becoming a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.
Army Air Corps Veteran Gene Roddenberry flew over 80 combat missions during World War II and later went on to create the hit science fiction series “Star Trek.”
Air Force Veteran William Moody performed in the professional wrestling business for over a decade as Paul Bearer, the manager of The Undertaker.
Marine Veteran Clifton Schroeder served as an executive officer in Vietnam and a senior liaison officer during the Balkans Conflict.
Marine Corps Veteran David Petteys grew up during WWII and served in the Vietnam War. His exceptional flying skills led to an incredible rescue.
Tammy Smith struggled to hide her sexuality while serving in the Army. She became the highest-ranking openly gay officer after DADT was repealed in 2011.
Kimberly Stuart used the challenges she faced during her service to help other Veterans, so they can have pride for all aspects of their identity.
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Last updated October 7, 2022
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