A Portuguese soldier who ran out of bullets during the siege of Diu extracted his own teeth and armed his weapon with it, firing against the enemy that was considering he was out of ammunition.
Joseph R. Beyrle is thought to be the only American soldier to have served with both the United States Army and the Soviet Army in World War II. His son John Beyrle served as the United States Ambassador to Russia 2008-2012.
A US Army Special Forces officer killed in 2006, unmarried, with financially independent family, had willed his Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance policy benefits to the men of his unit, so that they could throw a party in his honor in Vegas should he be killed in action.
Future King Henry V was struck in the face by an arrow in his first battle leading soldiers. Rather than leave the field, he reportedly stated that “he would rather die than stain his soldierly reputation by flight.” He was sixteen at the time.
During the Invasion of Normandy, Scottish Bagpiper, Bill Millin, contrary to British Command, in the thick of battle, marched up & down the beach playing his Pipes. When his unit captured German snipers, they asked why Millin wasn’t shot. They said they didn’t shoot because he was clearly insane.
An American soldier from the Korean War was given the Medal of Honor for killing 5 Chinese soldiers… 4 with his bare hands… while giving medical aid to his comrades… after being shot.
Soldiers are developing relationships with their battlefield robots, naming them, assigning genders, and even holding funerals when they are destroyed.
The first female American soldier was Deborah Sampson, who enlisted using her dead brother’s name to fight in the Revolutionary War where she was wounded; she cut a musket ball out of her own leg to avoid doctors finding out she was a woman.
Captain Ivan Castro is the only blind officer serving in the United States Army Special Forces.