Written by By Alexis Stinton, CNN
During the holiday season, as we traditionally pause to honor those who have passed and prayed for the safety of those who are serving, it’s vital to remember all the sacrifices made in the military and war.
Due to wartime conditions, many attempts to honor the human beings who lost their lives and protected our nation have been thwarted in the past. This resulted in frequent vandalism and burning, which killed or maimed the Union soldier, sailor, airman or Marine. Although in remembrance, at times, here are 12 people whose memory lives on for generations and saved this nation.
John Wayne: The fearless war hero who went to war twice with the U.S. Army, the cause of which in one way or another claimed the lives of soldiers and small children.
Stu Reeves: The Montagnard Indian was stationed on Sante Fe Island. While relaxing, he suddenly found a desire to help, not knowing that they had to fight the French in what became known as the War of 1812.
Rosie the Riveter: She also served on Sante Fe Island, as the bomb-defusing machine gunner, helping win the hearts and minds of the French forces and the American citizens.
Private Nothdy : Known as “Gunner Doe,” Private Nothdy is often credited as the first known man to be killed in action in the First World War. While working as a tank pilot in the 1st British Armored Division in the Belgian and French front lines, he was killed on July 15, 1914. Private Nothdy is survived by his widow, nine children and 14 grandchildren.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt: She served alongside her husband in World War I when she received the Legion of Honor medal from the French president.
Princess Annette: “Annette” is the Norwegian princess who shared the same profession as her great-grandfather, King Harald V of Norway. The princess was awarded the German Cross of Merit during the First World War and later met her husband, Charles Albert Victor Magnus Konskjold, the son of the Norwegian King Gustaf VI of Sweden, who is later known as Prince Alexander of Sweden.
Adelaide Andrews: Born in Amsterdam, Belgium, Adelaide was a film buff who helped to establish the Charlie Chaplin Museum in her home town of Antwerp, Belgium.