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"PRIVATE Michelle Norris became the first female soldier to receive the Military Cross in March 2007. A medical orderly in Iraq she saved the life of her wounded commander while under enemy fire...The teenager, who had dreamed of joining the Army after watching old war movies with her father as a child, spoke of her pride at receiving the coveted medal, and said she hoped the award would help convince doubters that women can cope well with the dangers of frontline combat."
Richard Todd (11 June 1919 – 3 December 2009) Irish-born British stage and film actor and soldier. He joined British Army, receiving a commission in 1941, serving in King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry before joining Parachute Regiment & being assigned to 7th Parachute Battalion, British 6th Airborne Division. On 6 June 1944, as a captain, he participated in British Airborne Operation Tonga during D-Day landings.
Melissa Stockwell is a retired US Army First Lieutenant. she was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She subsequently became the first Iraq veteran chosen for the Paralympics and competed in swimming. She works as a prosthetist and has been on the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project since 2005.
Maurice Gustave Gamelin was a French general remembered for his unsuccessful command of the French military in 1940 during the Battle of France. Historian and journalist William L. Shirer presented the view that Gamelin used World War I methods to fight World War II, but with less vigor and slower response.
Corporal Lydia Alford (centre) was the one of three women known as the Flying Nightingales to land in a battle zone after D-Day. Alford was a WAAF Air Ambulance Medical Orderly with No. 233 Squadron RAF and flew on the first RAF transport aircraft to evacuate the wounded from the Normandy battlefields. On 13 June 1944, three of the squadron's Dakotas Mk. III, with a Spitfire escort, had the honour of executing the first Allied transport flight to land in France since the invasion ~
Colonel Van T. Barfoot, a Medal of Honor recipient. Technical Sergeant Van Barfoot, one of the most significant Native American heroes of World War II, was awarded the Medal of Honor while in the field in Épinal, France, on September 28, 1944. He received this recognition for his actions on May 23, 1944, when he led his unit through enemy minefields near Carano, Italy, destroying several positions and capturing others. Born June 15, 1919 and died March 2, 2012. Hero!