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Id like to here some stories about heroes...Just to see what the notion means to people,what do you consider heroisem. Also, I just like hearing this stories..I might post some my self...
Well see...
EVERYONE vet who served in a war is considered my hero!

I think in WWII you could have called every soldier a hero, but thats just my opinion.
"They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can't get away from us now!"
- Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines and the Army had written the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 enemy divisions. The Marines made it out inflicting the highest casualty ratio on an enemy in history and destroying 7 entire enemy divisions in the process. An enemy division is 16500+ men while a Marine division is 12500 men.

That is the best story ever!!!!
In my book, its Lt Col William Barret Travis, Republic of Texas Forces, Commander, Alamo Garrison. Him, and another 180 odd men are all heros in my book.

They didnt have to stay. They did, and died to give Sam Houstons Army a fighting chance to organize. Without thier sacrifice, Santa Anna would have never been defeated at San Jacinto, and Texas would have never been a Republic.
Good choices on Chesty Puller and Col. Travis. I have to concur on both counts. My personal hero is my Dad, though. 3 tours in Vietnam, all of which he volunteered for.
Can't forget Alvin York in WW1. Single handedly captured 150 or so Germans. One of the best marksmen if not the best on our side. He snuck up on and took out a machine gun nest next to a trench and then he just started taking out the men in the trench until they realized they were being taken out. They surrendered and York and five other guys escorted these 150 or so prisoners to the prisoner holding area.
SFC Randall "Shuggie" Shughart

MSG Gary "Lobo" Gordon

To the world, these two gentlemen became heroes for their actions on 3 October 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia. To those that knew them, they were heroes long before. They are sorely missed.
A German hero would have to be Manfred Von Richtofen aka "The Red Baron" He was the highest scoring fighter pilot in WW1. Then the American hero would be who shot him down though I can't remember his name.
Heroes are veterans that give THEIR lives so OTHERS don't have to.

Everyone in the armed forces now could just as easily become the world's "villain", but we here at home would consider them heroes only because we fight for what we believe in. Others do to. They may be "mistaken" by our terms but we are just one side. It all depends on perspective. Any soldier can be a hero if he is fighting for a moral cause in his perspective. If some socialist maniac became president and exerted enough control over the media we could feel justified in nearly any military endeavor we do. To the world we would be the villain and to us our soldiers would be heroes. But it isn't that our soldiers are villains or heroes. Because they fought for what they were led to believe in without the ability to understand it was wrong. They will die thinking they were justified in what they did only to find it not so. Does this mean when we wisen up after the passing of our socialist maniac that we should consider every veteran evil? No, because they gave THEIR lives so that OTHERS wouldn't have to even during a lie that everyone was misled by. That's how Hitler and Staling worked. When you control the media you have no limits because the people will always be behind you. You can't shake your finger at a generation of soldiers for protecting their country when they didn't know better. They have every right to be heroes too.
diplomatic_means said:
A German hero would have to be Manfred Von Richtofen aka "The Red Baron" He was the highest scoring fighter pilot in WW1. Then the American hero would be who shot him down though I can't remember his name.

Maybe this might help..."Richthofen followed the erratic path of the novice pilot until a single bullet, shot from behind him, passed diagonally through his chest. The shot is commonly believed to have come from Australian gunners on the ground, but might have also come from the guns of Canadian flier Arthur "Roy" Brown who was coming to May's aid."


He was a brave man...and an expert pilot. :D
Heroes on airplane.

Fabrizio Quattrocchi was not a hero in the classical term though. Hero's someone who consciously decides to fight his enemy and sacrifice his own life for his peers, kids, family, for his society, for his country. For his values and principles to live on. Whatever these are, in the end. Of course our heroes are a little bit more heroes.

Passengers on the 4th plane hijacked on 9/11 and crashed in PA were heroes... "let's roll".