December 5, 2013 The South African leader's life held special power for black Americans, who lost many iconic civil rights leaders tragically early. Karen Grigsby Bates reflects on Mandela's legacy.
December 5, 2013 The icon who became South Africa's first black president died after a prolonged lung infection.
December 5, 2013 From his childhood as a herd boy, Nelson Mandela went on to lead the African National Congress' struggle against South Africa's racially oppressive apartheid regime. For his efforts, he spent 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner. In 1994, he became his country's first elected black leader. Mandela died on Thursday. He was 95.
November 29, 2013 Jack Gardo's PT-157 was sent to rescue the survivors of PT-109 after the patrol torpedo boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands in 1943. John F. Kennedy led the survivors to nearby islands until they could be rescued.