30 Interesting Facts about Army Veterans

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26Don Ritchie

An Australian war veteran named Don Ritchie stopped over 160 people from killing themselves at a popular suicide spot by talking to them and offering them tea or breakfast at his home nearby.


27. In 1947, the Kiwanis Club of Ahoskie in North Carolina held a drawing for a New Cadillac. When a Black Navy Veteran won, they announced there had been a mistake, refunded the winner the $1 price of his ticket, and drew again for a white winner.


28. Dewey Beard was the last Native American veteran of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn. In 1892, his family was killed by the US Army at the Wounded Knee Massacre, and he was shot. In 1942, the Department of War confiscated his land to form a firing range. He died in poverty in 1955.


29. Susan Travers, a World War 2 and Indochina War veteran, is the only woman to have been formally enrolled in the French Foreign Legion.


30. ‘Band of Brothers’ strived for historical accuracy to such an extent that multiple World War 2 veterans were flown in from all over the world to advice on the weaponry, battle tactics, and combat situations. As a final check, the veterans screened previews of each episode prior to their release.

1 COMMENT

  1. I would love to do two things: Say sorry to that young black American soldier, Isaac Woodward, for his tragic handling by the police. The other thing is that I would like to shake Michael A. Smith’s hand for showing Ms Fonda what many American Servicemen feel.

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