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CaughtintheMiddle1990
03-31-2010, 03:50 AM
They can be both well known figures, and people you knew personally

For me, my 'personal' heroes are:

1) My maternal great grandfather (Mom's dad's dad)--He came over here from Italy, an immigrant; taught himself English by reading the newspaper daily, started an honest job and provided well for his family even in the midst of Depression era America. He was known as a generous man, giving of himself and opening his home to those in need--My grandmother refers to her former father-in-law as a ''gentleman''. He sent two of his three boys into the Military to serve in WWII. He came to this country in 1903 and by the time he died in 1956, he owned several buildings and properties across the borough I live in and left a sizable inheritance for his children.

2) My maternal grandfather. He was a World War II veteran, decorated for valor and bravery; a Staff Sergeant injured in combat and his life was marred by much tragedy (Many friends and comrades in arms died during the war; He spent over a year in the Hospital because of his injury and came home and married and his first wife committed suicide; his family forced him to give up his daughter from that marriage to his infertile sister). His service had left him with a very wounded leg, Malaria and the beginnings of Hypertension; Not long after the war he developed painful gout attacks and often had phlebitis in the wounded leg. Nevertheless, he was a hard worker--Often working two jobs, his main job being a Postal Worker and Security Guard, working for companies such as the Pinkertons and at the 1964 NYC World's Fair. He was a gentle man, never hit or called his children names, never cursed (at least in front of his children), and was liked by all he met. He came to a sad end, suffering a first stroke in 1973 and a second one in 1975, which claimed his life at age 55.

Well Known (to be added to)

1) Harry S. Truman. He worked hard all his life, and though he had many failures, he remained optimistic and fought harder with each failure he faced. He had a deep, passionate love for his eventual wife, Bess and spent years courting her; He loved no other besides her. He went through war and was thought of by the soldiers under his command as a tough and good leader. He inherited one of the greatest perils in our history unexpectedly and handled it wisely, making what was perhaps one of the toughest, heaviest decisions any President has ever faced and in doing so saved thousands of American soldiers from barbaric deaths.
He bravely began the integration of our armed forces, which in 1948 was a very risky political move; He started the Cold War against communism and endorsed the Marshall Plan, both of which would result in the US becoming the world's dominant power. He also gave strong support to the nation of Israel which even then was in many ways controversial.

Speedy
03-31-2010, 04:48 AM
My "personal" hero is my daughter Jazz. She served most of a tour in Iraq as a medic for an MP unit. She was awarded a Bronze Star for pulling two MPs out of a burning Hummer while under fire after a convoy they were escorting was hit by an IED and ambushed. She suffered burns to her face and hands and refused treatment until everyone wounded had been evacuated. She pulled both MPs out and because they were exposed she started dragging one to cover and got help from one of the supply dogs from the convoy. They then went back for the other MP and the supply dog was shot and later died, but he and Jazz got the soldier to cover.

Later, the day after she got her third stripe and Bronze Star Citation their convoy came across a serious car accident that was blocking traffic both ways and they could not get around it. While they were setting up a perimeter Jazz went to work on the accident victims. An army convoy going the other way had stopped also and their commander ordered a medic they had along to help my daughter. While they were working on the Iraqis someone tossed a grenade at them. The medic from the other convoy was killed along with one of the MPs from my daughter's unit. Jazz, shielded the Iraqi woman she was working with her body. Jazz lost her left eye, hearing in her left ear, suffered nerve damage to left arm and a piece of shrapnel went through the arm hole of her vest and pierced her lung. Her Purple Heart was awarded to her by her Commander in Chief, George W. Bush at Walter Reed.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y236/speed_addiction/Jazz.jpg

ironhorsedriver
03-31-2010, 09:07 AM
My Father, the strongest man I've ever meet. Born in the depression, survived Korea, Chosin Res., laying in snow and bitter cold, wounded. Fighting Emphasima now. And never been bitter, treats people well, with respect.
My wife, survived cancer, and never shed a tear. Fought it, beat it.

marv
03-31-2010, 09:14 AM
I've never had "heroes", but there were and still are many people that I admire and respect. They are ordinary, simple people who give to others without regard to the personal cost, and they don't do it for fame or reward.

noonwitch
03-31-2010, 10:04 AM
My "personal" hero is my daughter Jazz. She served most of a tour in Iraq as a medic for an MP unit. She was awarded a Bronze Star for pulling two MPs out of a burning Hummer while under fire after a convoy they were escorting was hit by an IED and ambushed. She suffered burns to her face and hands and refused treatment until everyone wounded had been evacuated. She pulled both MPs out and because they were exposed she started dragging one to cover and got help from one of the supply dogs from the convoy. They then went back for the other MP and the supply dog was shot and later died, but he and Jazz got the soldier to cover.

Later, the day after she got her third stripe and Bronze Star Citation their convoy came across a serious car accident that was blocking traffic both ways and they could not get around it. While they were setting up a perimeter Jazz went to work on the accident victims. An army convoy going the other way had stopped also and their commander ordered a medic they had along to help my daughter. While they were working on the Iraqis someone tossed a grenade at them. The medic from the other convoy was killed along with one of the MPs from my daughter's unit. Jazz, shielded the Iraqi woman she was working with her body. Jazz lost her left eye, hearing in her left ear, suffered nerve damage to left arm and a piece of shrapnel went through the arm hole of her vest and pierced her lung. Her Purple Heart was awarded to her by her Commander in Chief, George W. Bush at Walter Reed.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y236/speed_addiction/Jazz.jpg


Your daughter is awesome!


I can't top that. My personal role model is Katharine Hepburn, a woman who made it in a man's world on her own terms.

FlaGator
03-31-2010, 10:10 AM
Famous Hero: Jesus
Personal Hero: My dad

Megaguns91
03-31-2010, 10:21 AM
My "personal" hero is my daughter Jazz. She served most of a tour in Iraq as a medic for an MP unit. She was awarded a Bronze Star for pulling two MPs out of a burning Hummer while under fire after a convoy they were escorting was hit by an IED and ambushed. She suffered burns to her face and hands and refused treatment until everyone wounded had been evacuated. She pulled both MPs out and because they were exposed she started dragging one to cover and got help from one of the supply dogs from the convoy. They then went back for the other MP and the supply dog was shot and later died, but he and Jazz got the soldier to cover.

Later, the day after she got her third stripe and Bronze Star Citation their convoy came across a serious car accident that was blocking traffic both ways and they could not get around it. While they were setting up a perimeter Jazz went to work on the accident victims. An army convoy going the other way had stopped also and their commander ordered a medic they had along to help my daughter. While they were working on the Iraqis someone tossed a grenade at them. The medic from the other convoy was killed along with one of the MPs from my daughter's unit. Jazz, shielded the Iraqi woman she was working with her body. Jazz lost her left eye, hearing in her left ear, suffered nerve damage to left arm and a piece of shrapnel went through the arm hole of her vest and pierced her lung. Her Purple Heart was awarded to her by her Commander in Chief, George W. Bush at Walter Reed.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y236/speed_addiction/Jazz.jpg

That is amazing. Thank you to your daughter for being a true American hero.

My heroes are my parents.
In a failing world they always did the best to raise us to be honest and hard working. They gave us guns and tools and instilled the value of hard work and establishing a life of our own without assistance from other, especially the government.
My other hero is my brother.
He always stuck up for me no matter what. He even beat a kid up with a snapple bottle for me in the third grade. :o

NC&BadSeeds
03-31-2010, 11:56 AM
My "personal" hero is my daughter Jazz. She served most of a tour in Iraq as a medic for an MP unit. She was awarded a Bronze Star for pulling two MPs out of a burning Hummer while under fire after a convoy they were escorting was hit by an IED and ambushed. She suffered burns to her face and hands and refused treatment until everyone wounded had been evacuated. She pulled both MPs out and because they were exposed she started dragging one to cover and got help from one of the supply dogs from the convoy. They then went back for the other MP and the supply dog was shot and later died, but he and Jazz got the soldier to cover.

Later, the day after she got her third stripe and Bronze Star Citation their convoy came across a serious car accident that was blocking traffic both ways and they could not get around it. While they were setting up a perimeter Jazz went to work on the accident victims. An army convoy going the other way had stopped also and their commander ordered a medic they had along to help my daughter. While they were working on the Iraqis someone tossed a grenade at them. The medic from the other convoy was killed along with one of the MPs from my daughter's unit. Jazz, shielded the Iraqi woman she was working with her body. Jazz lost her left eye, hearing in her left ear, suffered nerve damage to left arm and a piece of shrapnel went through the arm hole of her vest and pierced her lung. Her Purple Heart was awarded to her by her Commander in Chief, George W. Bush at Walter Reed.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y236/speed_addiction/Jazz.jpg
Unbelievable! Every day you must feel like the proudest father in the world. I made an account just to congratulate you on this, that's a true hero.

nightflight
03-31-2010, 12:34 PM
Mine are:

The Flash
Spiderman
Superman
Thomas Magnum

noonwitch
03-31-2010, 12:41 PM
Speedy:


Does your daughter need anything? I don't have a lot of money or anything, but I do have the authority to force children to write letters and make cards for people. I can't think of too many people more deserving of a deluge of children's letters and drawings than a heroic veteren!

Speedy
03-31-2010, 01:11 PM
Speedy:


Does your daughter need anything? I don't have a lot of money or anything, but I do have the authority to force children to write letters and make cards for people. I can't think of too many people more deserving of a deluge of children's letters and drawings than a heroic veteren!

She is fine. She is an RN. In Texas they gave alot of credit for her experience and training as an Army medic. She has a collection of prosthetic eyes that she changes over the course of a month. Her favorites are a robotic eye and a smiley face eye. She got married but her husband died a year and a half after they got hitched. She is getting married again in two weeks to a fine young man and Navy veteran. She is completely healed and she has full use of her arm, she just can't feel anything from the elbow down.

CaughtintheMiddle1990
03-31-2010, 02:21 PM
She is fine. She is an RN. In Texas they gave alot of credit for her experience and training as an Army medic. She has a collection of prosthetic eyes that she changes over the course of a month. Her favorites are a robotic eye and a smiley face eye. She got married but her husband died a year and a half after they got hitched. She is getting married again in two weeks to a fine young man and Navy veteran. She is completely healed and she has full use of her arm, she just can't feel anything from the elbow down.

Your daughter is a great woman, and a great American. I'm sorry to hear about her injuries, and her husband...But I'm happy to hear she's getting remarried--With God's blessing may she give you some grandkids :D

And by the way--Beyond being a veteran, I think her being an RN in the first place makes her a hero to begin with. I come from a family of RN's and the mental and emotional stamina it takes to be one, seeing the things they see, shows that for her to be one (besides being a vet) she is indeed a very strong woman. You raised her well.

Speedy
03-31-2010, 03:04 PM
Your daughter is a great woman, and a great American. I'm sorry to hear about her injuries, and her husband...But I'm happy to hear she's getting remarried--With God's blessing may she give you some grandkids :D

And by the way--Beyond being a veteran, I think her being an RN in the first place makes her a hero to begin with. I come from a family of RN's and the mental and emotional stamina it takes to be one, seeing the things they see, shows that for her to be one (besides being a vet) she is indeed a very strong woman. You raised her well.

The hospital where she works is crawling with former Army medics and Corpsman who served in the Big Sandy. One young woman who works with Jazz is also a vet and lost an arm in an IED attack. The truck in front of them got hit and the door from that truck flew back and took her arm. Like Jazz, she has also adjusted very well.

CaughtintheMiddle1990
03-31-2010, 03:07 PM
She is fine. She is an RN. In Texas they gave alot of credit for her experience and training as an Army medic. She has a collection of prosthetic eyes that she changes over the course of a month. Her favorites are a robotic eye and a smiley face eye. She got married but her husband died a year and a half after they got hitched. She is getting married again in two weeks to a fine young man and Navy veteran. She is completely healed and she has full use of her arm, she just can't feel anything from the elbow down.


The hospital where she works is crawling with former Army medics and Corpsman who served in the Big Sandy. One young woman who works with Jazz is also a vet and lost an arm in an IED attack. The truck in front of them got hit and the door from that truck flew back and took her arm. Like Jazz, she has also adjusted very well.

Wow is all I can say...That's horrible.
Does she work in a military hospital, overseas or at a VA?

Speedy
03-31-2010, 03:17 PM
Wow is all I can say...That's horrible.
Does she work in a military hospital, overseas or at a VA?

No, she works in a regular hospital. It is just that if your MOS was a medic in the service, you practically meet all of the requirements for certification as an RN in Texas. A couple of required classes and that is it so alot of vets go into the medical field. Texas, as conservative as it is, still sees being a vet as a plus when hiring people.

Bubba Dawg
03-31-2010, 09:20 PM
My "personal" hero is my daughter Jazz. She served most of a tour in Iraq as a medic for an MP unit. She was awarded a Bronze Star for pulling two MPs out of a burning Hummer while under fire after a convoy they were escorting was hit by an IED and ambushed. She suffered burns to her face and hands and refused treatment until everyone wounded had been evacuated. She pulled both MPs out and because they were exposed she started dragging one to cover and got help from one of the supply dogs from the convoy. They then went back for the other MP and the supply dog was shot and later died, but he and Jazz got the soldier to cover.

Later, the day after she got her third stripe and Bronze Star Citation their convoy came across a serious car accident that was blocking traffic both ways and they could not get around it. While they were setting up a perimeter Jazz went to work on the accident victims. An army convoy going the other way had stopped also and their commander ordered a medic they had along to help my daughter. While they were working on the Iraqis someone tossed a grenade at them. The medic from the other convoy was killed along with one of the MPs from my daughter's unit. Jazz, shielded the Iraqi woman she was working with her body. Jazz lost her left eye, hearing in her left ear, suffered nerve damage to left arm and a piece of shrapnel went through the arm hole of her vest and pierced her lung. Her Purple Heart was awarded to her by her Commander in Chief, George W. Bush at Walter Reed.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y236/speed_addiction/Jazz.jpg


Great. She's my hero too, now.

Jumpy
03-31-2010, 10:37 PM
My "personal" hero is my daughter Jazz. She served most of a tour in Iraq as a medic for an MP unit. She was awarded a Bronze Star for pulling two MPs out of a burning Hummer while under fire after a convoy they were escorting was hit by an IED and ambushed. She suffered burns to her face and hands and refused treatment until everyone wounded had been evacuated. She pulled both MPs out and because they were exposed she started dragging one to cover and got help from one of the supply dogs from the convoy. They then went back for the other MP and the supply dog was shot and later died, but he and Jazz got the soldier to cover.

Later, the day after she got her third stripe and Bronze Star Citation their convoy came across a serious car accident that was blocking traffic both ways and they could not get around it. While they were setting up a perimeter Jazz went to work on the accident victims. An army convoy going the other way had stopped also and their commander ordered a medic they had along to help my daughter. While they were working on the Iraqis someone tossed a grenade at them. The medic from the other convoy was killed along with one of the MPs from my daughter's unit. Jazz, shielded the Iraqi woman she was working with her body. Jazz lost her left eye, hearing in her left ear, suffered nerve damage to left arm and a piece of shrapnel went through the arm hole of her vest and pierced her lung. Her Purple Heart was awarded to her by her Commander in Chief, George W. Bush at Walter Reed.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y236/speed_addiction/Jazz.jpg Wow.. thats amazing. Is that the same daughter(the nurse) that ttreated the raped 16 year old girl in that religious polygamy raid a few years back? You said she was a nurse on the scene, and treated that pregnant girl.

My heroes: My parents.. I respect how they have lived their lives. They are well into their 70s, and neither one of them needs to take any meds. They eat healthy, are naturally active, and are awesome grandparents to me and my sisters children.

Freeman_Shadwell
03-31-2010, 11:23 PM
Speedy, your daughter is amazing and inspirational. Please pass on my thanks and admiration.

The only person I consider a hero to me personally is my grandfather. He was a WWII Navy vet, and one feisty old man! He's the one that taught me "don't take shit from anyone", and "screw him. He puts his pants on one leg at a time too". He taught me that a mans word is a better investment than money in his pocket. That you can earn money again after you lose it, but once your name is tainted it stays with you forever. He died last spring.

I have many others that I look up to and would like to emulate for their courage and leadership, but wouldn't consider heroes to me personally.

Speedy
03-31-2010, 11:23 PM
Wow.. thats amazing. Is that the same daughter(the nurse) that ttreated the raped 16 year old girl in that religious polygamy raid a few years back? You said she was a nurse on the scene, and treated that pregnant girl.

Same one, Jumpy.

Jumpy
03-31-2010, 11:31 PM
Same one, Jumpy.
I remember that story.. nobody could find that 16 yr old... press was looking all over the place, but as always, you had the inside scoop, and shared it with us. I think it came down to being a farce. I guess I have to google...

Speedy
03-31-2010, 11:42 PM
I remember that story.. nobody could find that 16 yr old... press was looking all over the place, but as always, you had the inside scoop, and shared it with us. I think it came down to being a farce. I guess I have to google...

My daughter talked to one of the minors that later came forward to authorities. She was not the one that made the original 911 call. The person who made the 911 call was not a minor or even at the compound she just identified herself as such. At the time, my daughter thought the girl was the one. She is one of the ones that did not back down on charges though.

Speedy
03-31-2010, 11:47 PM
I think it came down to being a farce. I guess I have to google...

The farce was that after weeks of CPS holding the kids, they released them back to the FLDS and the kids were taken back to the compound. Only a couple of the men went to trial over the whole thing. That compound is still out there about 30 miles from where I live and those kids and young girls are still there.

Kay
04-01-2010, 12:02 AM
My #1 hero will always be my son. He had that 'something special' from his
premature birth (that almost wasn't) and has carried that magic about him
all through life. He's grown into such an awesome man. I have been beyond
blessed to be his mother. A photo finish second would be my Daddy.

Larger than life hero will always be John Wayne.
He was always the same self in every character he ever played.
He embodied honesty, fairness, sincerity, justice, compasion, loyalty and grit.