Eugene Jacques Bullard – A Black American WW1 Pilot And Hero
In August of 1917 Eugene Jacques Bullard, an American by birth volunteered for the French foreign legion.
And he later went on to become the first black pilot in history and only one of two black pilots in World War I.
When the United States finally joined the war, Bullard was the only member of the Escadrille or the French Flying Corps who was NOT invited to join the US Air Service.
At that time the Air Service only accepted white men.
Window Cleaner Falls 11 Stories Lands On Moving Car And Survives
SAN FRANCISCO – Nov. 21, 2014
A window cleaner fell eleven stories from a bank building on Friday morning and landed on a moving car.
His weight crushed the car’s roof and sent shattered glass flying into the street, police and witnesses said.
He Survived But With Critical Injuries
The man, who was not immediately identified, suffered critical injuries, but was conscious and rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, police said.
Witnesses described seeing a falling blue streak and the man’s shadow as he fell down, and then hearing a crashing sound as he landed on the car.
Ranger Austin McCall – An Afghanistan Hero
Awarded: Bronze Star with Valor and Purple Heart Medal
Staff Sergeant Austin McCall says that like many patriotic young Americans he was inspired to join the army after the 9/11 attacks and he went on to be a soldier in the in the elite 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
McCall says that during his six deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, there was always one guiding force and that was to abide by the ‘Ranger Creed’ no matter how dangerous the mission.
“Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor",
reads the last stanza of the Creed.
January 5, 2010
On January 5, 2010, McCall’s commitment to the Creed was to be tested more forcefully than he probably ever expected it to be.
McCall was leading his Ranger squad on a mission in eastern Afghanistan when he received intelligence that a suicide bomber and a group of insurgents were close by.
The Call To Battle
McCall led his squad to a compound where the insurgents were thought to be hiding and located a guest house where the suicide bomber was believed to be.
McCall was the first man to enter the guest house’s small courtyard, and he was immediately confronted with a suicide bomber holding two grenades.
Technically Dead for Seventy Eight Minutes And Then Recovery
At 18.13 GMT on March 17, 2012, 43 minutes after the kick-off in the FA Cup tie between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur, 23-year-old Fabrice Muamba collapsed.
The stadium fell silent and medical staff huddled around him, and the match was abandoned.
Muamba’s heart stopped beating for 78 minutes!
The Timing For CPR Is Crucial
The first minutes after Muamba collapsed were crucial.
Every minute lost before applying CPR is estimated to decrease the chances of survival by 10%!
CPR sometimes has to be exceedingly forceful and ribs get broken caused by the application of the hard down-thrusts to the chest, which keep oxygen artificially flowing from the heart.
Dead For More Than An Hour
Dr Deaner, a consultant cardiologist at Barts Health NHS Trust, who attended to Fabrice Muamba after he suffered the cardiac arrest on the pitch said that the footballer "in effect died" for more than an hour.
The Truth About Shifty Powers
Staff Sergeant Darrell C. "Shifty" Powers (March 13, 1923 – June 17, 2009) was a non-commissioned officer with the Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II.
Shifty Powers Volunteered
Powers was born in Clinchco, Dickenson County, Virginia, and he volunteered for the paratroopers.
Where Did Shifty Jump?
Powers jumped into Normandy on D-Day and he also took part in the Allied military operation "Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands".
And the Battle of the Bulge in Foy, Belgium.
Heroism Under Fire
While in Foy, a German sniper shot three members of the Easy Company, and everyone hid for cover.