Wedding of US Marine and Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone and Marine Sergeant Lena May Riggi. Shortly after, Basilone shipped out to the Pacific and fought on Iwo Jima where he was killed in action. Lena Basilone never remarried and died at the age of 86.
Another definition of the word "Hero"...Col George E. "Bud" Day POW cellmate of Sen. John McCain for 5 1/2 years. One of the most highly decorated soldiers with 70 medals from WWII, Korea, & Vietnam, including the Medal of Honor, has died @ age 88.
USMC Navajo Codetalkers during the Bougainville Campaign 1943. Code talkers were people who used obscure languages as a means of secret communication during wartime. The name code talkers is strongly associated with bilingual Navajo speakers specially recruited during World War II by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater. Code talking, however, was pioneered by Choctaw Indians serving in the U.S. Army during World War I.