Heroes:

  • Abraham Lincoln - 16th president of the United States. Signed the Emancipation proclamation.
  • Admiral Wade McClusky - During the 2nd world war, Admiral Wade McClusky, then a Lt. Commander, led his squadron of fighter planes - low on fuel, in searching out and destroying 3 Japanese aircraft carriers, together with all their planes at the battle of Midway. It was a major turning point in the war. Admiral McClusky is from Buffalo, New York.
  • Albert Woolson - Albert H. Woolson was the undisputed, last surviving veteran on either side of the American Civil War. He died at age 109.
  • Alexander The Great - Alexander The Great, known also as "Alexander of Macedonia" was one of the greatest wartime Generals in history - if not the greatest. He was a brilliant military strategist, conquering most of the then known world, and creating one of the largest empires ever known. His soldiers often numbered far less than most of the Armies he faced. He defeated them all. Alexander accomplished this all as a very young man, having died in the year 323 BC at age 33.
  • Amelia Earhart - Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and set many other records. Instrumental in organizing female pilots.
  • Andrew Jackson - Andrew Jackson was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being President he gained fame as a general in the United States Army. Under his command the US Army defeated the British at the crucial Battle of New Orleans, immortalized by the Johnny Horton song of the same name. 
  • Archie Moore - Was an American professional boxer and the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time. He fought 28 years, had more total fights and knockouts than anyone else. Boxrec listed him as 3rd greatest fighter of all time.
  • Audie Murphy - Audie Leon Murphy was the most decorated American Army combat soldier of World War II, receiving every award including "Valor" and the Congressional Medal of Honor. France and Italy also decorated him. Born into a large family of sharecroppers and abandoned by his father. Audie left school in the 5th grade and among other things - picked cotton to help support the family. After both the Navy and Marine Corp denied his enlistment, he turned to the US Army which accepted him. After the war he had a 21 year acting career. He died in a plane crash in 1971.
  • Barney Ross - Barney Ross was a legendary American professional boxer. Ross became a world champion in three weight divisions and was a decorated veteran of World War II. 
  • "Bear" Bryant - Paul William Bryant won six (6) national football championships during his coaching career at the University of Alabama. He broke the record for career victories by a college football head coach. He had thirteen (13) conference championships. So many great accomplishments. He was one of twelve children from a poor family.
  • Ben Johnson - Ben "Son" Johnson Jr., the son of a rancher, was an American stuntman, world champion rodeo cowboy, Academy Award-winning actor and real estate investor. Ben arrived in Hollywood delivering horses for a film. A tall man, Johnson brought authenticity to many roles in Westerns with his extraordinary expert horsemanship.  A truly fine gentleman, he was the real deal.
  • Benjamin Franklin - The most accomplished American of his time, it was he who worked tirelessly for years to secure the support of France during the war between Great Britain and the colonies. This crucial French support enabled the colonial army to defeat Great Britain's General Cornwallis and take thousands of prisoners. Blocked by French warships form the rear and frontally facing hard-fighting colonial soldiers there was little he could do except surrender. This led to independence for the Colonies and then then Fledgling United States of America. Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity. And he had several important inventions to his credit.
  • Bill Halsey - Admiral William F. Halsey Jr. was an American naval commander during world war II and is one of only four individuals to have attained the rank "Fleet Admiral of the United States Navy". After the surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 he vowed revenge on its perpetrator Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Nearing the end of the Guadalcanal ferocities, Admiral Halsey received a tip from the highest command of the U.S. government that the Japanese code had been broken. Almost immediately thereafter it was learned that Admiral Yamamoto would travel by plane to a Japanese frontal area for a morale booster visit to his troops. Admiral Halsey was contacted and given a two-word order - "get Yamamoto" and was given his expected arrival time. How to do it was left up to Admiral Halsey. After careful deliberations with his staff he decided it would be by air and sent a squadron of fighter planes to intercept. With a reputation of punctuality to a fault, Yamamoto arrived exactly on schedule. The fighters were waiting and shot down Yamamoto's planes killing him together with all his staff, shortening the war. Truly a remarkable commander was Admiral Halsey.
  • Billy Graham - William Franklin Graham Jr. (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018) was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well-known internationally.
  • Buford Pusser - Buford Hayes Pusser was sheriff of McNairy county in Tennessee, USA. "Buford The Bull" was known for his virtual one-man war on moonshining, prostitution, gambling and other vices.
  • Christiaan Barnard - Christiaan Neethling Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world's first successful, highly-publicized heart transplant. 
  • Claire Chennault - General Clair Lee Chennault was an American military aviator best known for his leadership of the "Flying Tigers" and the Republic of China Air Force in World War II.  
  • David Bellavia - David Gregory Bellavia is a former United States Army soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Second Battle of Fallujah. Bellavia has also received the Bronze Star Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross. In 2005, he was inducted into the New York Veterans' Hall of Fame.
  • Desmond Doss - Desmond Thomas Doss was a United States Army corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Guam and the Philippines. Doss further distinguished himself in the Battle of Okinawa by saving 75 men, becoming the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Second World War. His life has been the subject of books, the documentary The Conscientious Objector, and the 2016 film Hacksaw Ridge.
  • Dizzy Dean - Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, also known as Jerome Herman Dean, was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Browns. He is the last National League pitcher to win 30 games in one season. After his playing career, "Ol' Diz" became a popular television sports commentator. Dean was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953. When the Cardinals reopened the team Hall of Fame in 2014, Dean was inducted among the inaugural class. He also served in the military.
  • Dorothy Kilgallen - Dorothy Mae Kilgallen was an American journalist and television game show panelist, starting her career shortly before her 18th birthday. In 1938, she began her newspaper column "The Voice of Broadway", which eventually was syndicated to more than 140 papers. In 1950, she became a regular panelist on the television game show What's My Line?, staying in the role until her death.  
  • Douglas Bader - Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader was a Royal Air Force flying ace and Commander during the Second World War, credited with 22 aerial victories.  The RAF needed fliers so dearly that they accepted him, even though he’d lost both legs before enlistment. He led by example. His men adored him.
  • Dr John Viola - Dr. John Viola. Internal Medicine Department, Chong Hua Hospital, Don Mariano  Department of Cardiology, and Cebu Doctors University Hospital, Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu … Among the best cardiologists on the planet. He saved NBA's life!
  • Dr Jonas Salk - Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines.
  • Dwane Hall - is a Marine Corp veteran, excellent guitar player and singer. He told NBA in the mid-1970’s “My career will be in Music – even if it’s “simply putting records in jukeboxes”. He continued playing in his “Stone Country” band and in 1985 opportunity knocked. Dwane with his wife Denise bought Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst  Street, Buffalo New York 14207 phone 716-874-7734. Since then they transformed Sportsmen’s from a neighborhood tavern to one of the best live music venues around, referred to by many as the “Austin City Limits” of Western New York. Music is 7 nights a week and includes national acts.
  • Dwight Eisenhower - Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American five-star army general, also serving  as the 34th president of the United States. He planned, implemented and supervised the invasions of North Africa and the D Day invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. He is credited also for building the United States highway system.
  • Edith Hahn Beer - This extraordinary lady was an Austrian Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by hiding her Jewish identity and marrying a Nazi officer. One of the most captivating and touching life stories ever. 
  • Ellen Church - Was the first female flight attendant in the United States.
  • Gabby Gabreski - Francis Stanley Gabreski was a Polish-American career pilot in the United States Air Force. Initially he was rejected.  Undaunted he persevered and became the top Army-Airforce fighter Ace in Europe during the 2nd world war. Later he was an Air Force jet fighter ace in the Korean war. 
  • George H. W. Bush - George H.W. Bush was the 41st president of the United States. He served with distinction in the second world war as a fighter pilot
  • George Foreman - George Edward Foreman is an American former professional boxer. "Big George",  is a two-time world heavyweight champion and the oldest fighter ever to win that title. An ordained minister, author, entrepreneur and Olympic Gold Medalist. 
  • George Marshall - General of the Army George Catlett Marshall Jr. was, during World War II, and American soldier and statesman. He rose through the united States Army to beome Chief of Staff under president Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, then served as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense under President Truman.
  • George Patton - General George Patton, Jr, referred to by soldiers he commanded as "old blood and guts" served America in two world wars. An outstanding practitioner of mobile tank warfare. Strict discipline, toughness and self sacrifice created exceptional pride within his ranks. His motto: "Attack, Attack, Attack!" he believed saved more of his soldiers lives by keeping the enemy constantly on the defensive. The German army feared him more than any other allied general, indeed referring to him as the allies greatest general. General Patton loved to read. He attended the U.S. military academy at West Point, New York. No accolades are too high for this one-of-a-kind General.
  • George Swede - George Ray Tweed was a decorated radioman in the United States Navy who served during World War II. He is most famous for evading Japanese capture for two years and seven months after the surrender of the U.S garrison on Guam in 1941.

  • Harry Beeman - Harry Beeman was just 19 when he enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. Serving aboard the Destroyer USS Ellet in the Pacific Ocean, Harry was a Gunner's Mate First Class. A true hero, Harry saved many men as a Navy swimmer.

  • Glenn Beck - Conservative, dynamite speaker and radio host.

  • Harry Truman - Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States from 1945 to 1953, succeeding upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt after serving as vice president. He implemented the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy of Western Europe, and established the Truman Doctrine and NATO. Sometimes salty but always outspoken, he did what he felt he had to do. 

  • Henry J Kaiser - American industrialist and entrepreneur.

  • Jacob Parrot - Jacob Wilson Parrott was the first recipient of the Medal of Honor, presented in 1862 to six union army soldiers during the American Civil War.

  • James Arness - The lead actor on the long-running TV series Gunsmoke, James Arness had an unremarkable Minneapolis childhood, but his wartime experiences shattered that normality - literally. During the battle of Anzio in World War II, Arness' right leg was shattered with machine gun fire, leaving him with an injury that bothered him all his life.

  • James J. Braddock - "The Cinderella Man" practically wrote the book on "how not to give up". With almost as many losses as wins he nevertheless rose to be World Heavyweight Champion 1935 - 1937.

  • James Stewart - James Maitland Stewart was an American actor and military officer who retired as a Brigadier General. Many of his films are among the most honored and popular stars in film history. Some of them are classics.

  • Jesse Owens - James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens was an American track and field athlete and four-time gold medalist in the 1936 Olympic Games. Owens specialized in the sprints and long jump, and was recognized in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history".

  • Joe Foss - Joseph Jacob Foss was a United States Marine Corps major and the leading Marine fighter ace in World War II. He received the Medal of Honor in recognition of his role in air combat during the Guadalcanal Campaign. In postwar years, he was an Air National Guard brigadier general, served as the 20th Governor of South Dakota, and president of the National Rifle Association.

  • Joe Arpaio - Joseph Michael Arpaio is an American former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona and Republican politician. He served as the 36th Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona for 24 years, from 1993 to 2017, losing reelection to Democrat Paul Penzone in 2016. Starting in 2005, Arpaio took an outspoken stance against illegal immigration, styling himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff".

  • Joe Louis - Joseph Louis Barrow, the “Brown Bomber” was heavyweight champion for 140 consecutive months, successfully defending his title 25 times. Rising from humble beginnings, he also served with distinction in the US Army.

  • Joe Stillwell - Joseph Stilwell was a United States Army general who served in the China-Burma- India Theater during World War II. His caustic personality was reflected in the nickname "Vinegar Joe".

  • John F Kennedy  - 35th president of the United States during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Military veteran.

  • John Harrison - 1693 - 1776  Penniless at the time, this self-educated clockmaker, ridiculed by many in the scientific community and many others in his native England, discovered after long experimentation - how to measure "longitude" and received a 20,000 lb reward. Fascinating.

  • John Pershing - General of the Armies John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing was a senior United States Army officer. His most famous post was when he served as the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front in World War I, 1917–18.

  • King Thutmose III - Thutmose III was regarded by many as the greatest ruler of ancient Egypt.

  • Louis Zamperini - Louis Silvie Zamperini was an American soldier who had a truly remarkable World War II experience. 

  • Manny Pacquiao - Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines. He is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing and won twelve major world titles in five different weight classes. Of humble beginnings, he rose to the very top.

  • Mary Edwards Walker - Mary was the only woman ever to win the Army Medal of Honor, for her service as a surgeon during the American Civil War.

  • Molly Brown - Margaret Brown, posthumously known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" having been a survivor of the 1912 Titanic tragedy was an American socialite and philanthropist.  

  • Muhammad Ali - first became heavyweight champion by beating Sonny Liston, 3-time world champion.

  • Omar Bradley - General of the Army, Omar Nelson Bradley was a senior officer of the United States Army during and after World War II. Bradley was the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and oversaw the U.S. military's policy-making in the Korean War. 

  • Oscar Schlindler - During the second world war this remarkable man saved many people from Hitler's gas chambers. Jews regarded him as a "righteous person". He was buried with honors in Israel.

  • Paul Anderson - Worlds strongest man.

  • Ralph Emery - Walter Ralph Emery is a country music disc jockey and television host from Nashville, Tennessee. He gained national fame hosting the syndicated television music series, Pop! Goes the Country from 1974 to 1980 and Nashville Now TV program from 1983 to 1993. He gave television exposure to many artists.

  • Ray Lambert - World War II Veteran. His medic unit was in the first wave of troop landing on Normandy beach during D-Day, 1944. Wounded a number of times, he was awarded several medals for his heroic actions.

  • Richard Winters - Richard Davis "Dick" Winters was an officer of the United States Army and a decorated war veteran during World War II. Best known for commanding Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, a part of the 101st Airborne Division. He was eventually promoted to major and put in command of the 2nd Battalion.
  • Robert E. Lee - Robert E. Lee was the leading Confederate general during the U.S. Civil War and has been venerated as a heroic figure in the American South.
  • Rocky Marciano - Rocco Francis Marshegiano, the "Brocton Blockbuster" - is the only heavyweight champion ever to retire undefeated. He was a relentless, formidable puncher with extraordinary durability. The fact that he was smaller in stature than most of his opponents made no difference. Rocky would apply maximum pressure, knocking out most of his adversaries. He died young in a small plane crash.
  • Ronald Reagan - 40th President of the United States. Distinguished acting career.
  • Rush Limbaugh - Rush Limbaugh, America's Anchorman and Doctor of Democracy, is known as the pioneer of AM radio. Limbaugh revolutionized the media and political landscape.
  • Sam Phillips - Sam was a producer who started Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee during the early 1950's. He understood the dream of unknown young newcomers and gave many of them a chance. An incredible judge of talent, it was Sam Phillips who gave us Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, all of whom at the time had not a dime to pay for Sam's services. He was instrumental in launching Elvis's career in 1954 with the song "Blue Moon of Kentucky" He used only two backup musicians on the recording: Scottie Moore on guitar and Bill Black on upright bass. Sam liked what he heard. Enough said.
  • Sergeant York - Born December 13, 1887 Alvin C York was a highly decorated soldier during World War 1. One of eleven children he grew up very poor in rural Tennessee. Drafted into the Army he initially claimed conscientious objector status. After persuasion by his pastor and senior Army officers that his religion was not compatible with military service he was assigned to the 82nd Division and was sent to France. There his courageous actions captured single-handedly a large number of Germans. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Congressional Medal Of Honor. France, Italy and Montenegro also decorated him. He returned home where the people of Tennessee had built for him and his wife their dream home at the exact location they had personally selected before but could not nearly afford. This remarkable man was immortalized in the movie "Sergeant York".

  • Stonewall Jackson - Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall Jackson" was a confederate general during the civil war, becoming one of it's best known commanders. He was Robert E Lee's "go to" commander, playing a key role in winning almost all the battles he participated in. Unfortunately for the confederacy he was wounded seriously by friendly fire from which he never recovered. Tenacity and courage spawned the nickname "Stonewall".

  • Sugar Ray Robinson - Sugar Ray Robinson was an American professional boxer who competed from 1940 to 1965.  He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, widely regarded as the greatest boxer of all time. 
  • Thomas Custer - Originally denied entry into the Army, Thomas Ward Custer was a United States Army officer and two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor for bravery during the American Civil War. He was killed in 1876 at Little Big Horn together with his younger brother Boston Armstrong Custer and his older brother George Armstrong Custer.
  • Todd Beamer - Sep 16, 2001 - Let's roll!" That's how Todd Beamer lived. And that's how he died,  helping to lead a takeover by passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed Tuesday in Somerset County. 
  • Vince Lombardi - Vincent Thomas Lombardi was an American football player, coach, and NFL executive. Best known as head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the the 1960’s, he won three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years, plus winning the first two Super Bowls at the conclusion of the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons. His quote: “Winning is not everything – it’s the only thing”.
  • Warren Spahn - Warren Edward Spahn, one of the best pitchers in Major League history, is the all time winningest left hander. He sported a 23-7 won-loss record at age 42 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 with 83% of the total vote. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and served with distinction, seeing action in Germany at the Ludendorf Bridge as a combat engineer. Mostly based on this, one of the best war movies ever made, "The Bridge At Remagen" was filmed in later years. He saw action also in the Battle Of The Bulge. Warren is from Buffalo, New York.
  • William Harvey Carney - Was the first black American to receive the Army Medal of Honor for, despite being gravely wounded, refusing to let the American flag touch the ground.
  • Winston Churchill - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British statesman, politician, army officer and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the second world war.
  • World’s Tallest Man - Robert Pershing Wadlow, at 8 feet 7 inchs, also known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, was the tallest person in recorded history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He was born and raised in Alton, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.