I ready the book and watched the Mini-Series. Band of Brothers (TV Mini-Series The story of Easy Company of the US Army Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day.
Now THIS is a hero, why they are the greatest generation. James Stewart, a Best Actor winner in 1941 for The Philadelphia Story, was one of the first major stars to enlist. During World War II, he'd fly at least 20 combat missions in Europe.
In real life, James Stewart was a decorated WW II bomber pilot. Stewart flew 20 bombing missions over Germany including one over Berlin-after wrangling combat duty when commanders would have preferred to use a movie star for morale building work at home.
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Boris III of Bulgaria was the only national leader in Europe to save his entire Jewish population during the Holocaust. Boris defied Hitler refusing multiple times to deliver his Jewish citizens beyond the borders of his kingdom.
CLARK GABLE (actor and major in the US Army Air Corps who flew 5 combat missions as an observer/gunner in a and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal. His discharge was signed by Captain Ronald Reagan, fellow actor and future US President)
Lord Byron joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died one year later at age 36 from a fever contracted while in Missolonghi in Greece.