Heroes And Hardfucks

Discover the courageous stories of bad-ass men and women who unselfishly answered the call, bit the bullet, and demonstrated what real bravery is all about.


Captain Noel G. Chavasse
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Captain Noel G. Chavasse

Captain Noel G. Chavasse was a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps whose devotion and courage in the trenches of France would earn him a seat am... Read more

Eugene Sledge
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Eugene Sledge

Eugene Sledge, the author of “With the Old Breed” would write down notes in his copy of the New Testament during his time fighting in WWII. Diaries... Read more

William Charrette
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William Charrette

During the Korean war, on March 27, 1953 the Marines from Fox Co.2/7 Marines were tasked with capturing a heavily defended hill from the enemy.  As... Read more

Ernest West
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Ernest West

Ernest West was drafted into the United States Army in 1950. By October 12, 1952, he was serving in Korea as a private first class with Company L, ... Read more

John Paul Jones
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John Paul Jones

Referred to as the “Father of the American Navy,” John Paul Jones was born in Arbigland, Scotland in 1747. His original name was just John Paul, wh... Read more

Simo Häyhä
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Simo Häyhä

Simo “The White Death” Hayha was a Finnish Sniper who professionally installed ventilation in Soviet skulls during the Winter War from 1939 to 1940... Read more

John Basilone
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John Basilone

On October 24, 1942, during the Battle for Henderson Field, John Basilone, and his Marines went up against an overwhelming force of over 3,000 Japa... Read more

Carlos Hathcock
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Carlos Hathcock

Carlos “White Feather” Hathcock on May 20th, 1959 enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17. This set Hathcock on a path to becom... Read more

Sgt. Jason Thomas
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Sgt. Jason Thomas

Sgt. Jason Thomas had been out of the Marine Corps for about a year, when he was dropping his daughter off at his mother's Long Island home on the ... Read more

Francis "Gabby" Gabreski
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Francis "Gabby" Gabreski

Francis Stanley "Gabby" Gabreski (born Franciszek Gabryszewski) was the son of Polish immigrants to the US. He enlisted with the United States Army... Read more

Fred J. Christensen
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Fred J. Christensen

In 1942, Fred J Christensen joined the United States Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet. Christensen was credited with his first German aircraft... Read more

Douglas A. Munro
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Douglas A. Munro

Douglas Albert Munro is the only member of the U.S. Coast Guard that has received the Medal of Honor for actions performed during service. Munro w... Read more

Donna Tobias
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Donna Tobias

Donna M. Tobias was the United States Navy's first female deep sea diver. Upon enlisting in the Navy in March 1974, she inquired a Navy recruiter ... Read more

Dan Daly
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Dan Daly

Daniel Joseph Daly was a United States Marine and one of nineteen servicemen (including seven Marines) to have received the Medal of Honor twice. A... Read more

William George Harrell
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William George Harrell

William George Harrell was born in Rio Grande City, Texas on June 26, 1922. He went to Texas A&M for two years prior to his enlistment in the M... Read more

Captain Robert Dunlap
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Captain Robert Dunlap

Robert Hugo Dunlap was born in Abingdon, Illinois, on October 19, 1920. He graduated from Monmouth College in May 1942 with a degree in Economics a... Read more

Walter "Pappy" Allen
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Walter "Pappy" Allen

Walter Henry Allen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 17, 1915. He was a veteran Marine Parachutist before joining the 5th Marine Divisi... Read more

Lachhiman Gurung
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Lachhiman Gurung

Lachhiman Gurung was a Nepalese-British Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of... Read more

Samuel Colt
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Samuel Colt

Samuel Colt was an American inventor, industrialist, and businessman who founded Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company and began the mass p... Read more

Hugh Glass
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Hugh Glass

Hugh Glass was an American frontiersman, fur trapper, trader, hunter and explorer. He is best known for his survival story after being left for dea... Read more

Joe J. Hayashi
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Joe J. Hayashi

Joe J Hayashi enlisted in the Army from Los Angeles in May 1941. Hayashi volunteered to be part of the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team. This... Read more

Gary B. Beikirch
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Gary B. Beikirch

Gary B Beikirch joined the United States Army in August 1967, just after finishing his second year of college in upstate New York. He was intereste... Read more

Oscar P. Austin
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Oscar P. Austin

Oscar P Austin joined the United States Marine Corps in Phoenix, Arizona April 22, 1968 and completed recruit training with the 3rd Recruit Trainin... Read more

Leonard Louis Alvarado
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Leonard Louis Alvarado

Leonard Louis Alvarado was a U.S. Army posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. Alvarado joined the Army in 1968, and ser... Read more

Peter Freuchen
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Peter Freuchen

Danish adventurer, polar explorer, and survivalist, Peter Freuchen was a man that would not be conquered by nature. Born in Denmark in 1886, Peter ... Read more

Riley L. Pitts
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Riley L. Pitts

On October 31, 1967, just one month before he was to be rotated back home, Captain Riley Pitts and his men from the 2/27th Infantry, 25th ID was ca... Read more

Dan Bullock
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Dan Bullock

On December 10, 1968, Dan Bullock joined the Marine Corps. Despite being fourteen at the time, Bullock enlisted in the Corps by claiming that he wa... Read more

William "Bigfoot" Wallace
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William "Bigfoot" Wallace

Texas Ranger and American folk hero William Wallace was said to be a descendant of the Scottish highlanders William Wallace and Robert Bruce.  Wall... Read more

Veronica Foster
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Veronica Foster

Veronica Foster, popularly known as "Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl", was a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in t... Read more

Daniel W Crowley
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Daniel W Crowley

A Connecticut native, Daniel W Crowley joined the Army Air Corps in October 1940 at the age of 18. For his first duty assignment, Crowley was assig... Read more

Benjamin Vernon Lilly
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Benjamin Vernon Lilly

Nicknamed Ol' Lilly, he was a notorious big game hunter, hounds-man, and mountain man of the American Old West.  As a kid, Lilly learned to track a... Read more

Albert Ball
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Albert Ball

Born August 14,1896 in Nottingham, Albert Ball was considered a gifted child. In his youth, he tinkered with engines, electrical equipment, and had... Read more

"Airplane" Jane Kendeigh
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"Airplane" Jane Kendeigh

On March 6, 1945, at just 22 years old, Jane Kendeigh was the first U.S. Navy Flight nurse to fly an evacuation mission to an active battlefield an... Read more

Thomas Alexander Baker
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Thomas Alexander Baker

  Thomas Alexander Baker was a United States Army soldier who posthumously received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, fo... Read more

James B. Hume
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James B. Hume

James B. Hume was a miner, trader, and lawman in California after the Gold Rush began, but he left his mark on history as a Wells Fargo Detective w... Read more

Frank Luke, Jr
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Frank Luke, Jr

Following the United States' entry into World War I in April 1917, Frank enlisted in the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps on September 25, 1917... Read more

Peter Malam Brothers
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Peter Malam Brothers

While on patrol in August 1940, Acting Flight Lieutenant Peter Brothers' flight of eight aircraft came into contact with around 100 Luftwaffe bombe... Read more