Manning in 1945. She and dozens of other nurses were freed by U.S. forces earlier that year. U.S. Army Signal Corps hide caption

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Army Nurse Mildred Manning: An 'Angel' POW With A Job To Do

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Herman Boudreau served in the U.S. Army in World War II, then rose to the rank of command sergeant major in the Maine Army National Guard. Courtesy of the Boudreau family hide caption

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Public Servant Herman Boudreau, Heroic Under Enemy Fire

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George Porter, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, at his home in Sacramento, Calif., in 2007. Porter joined the armed forces in 1942 and served as a crew chief, squadron inspector and flight engineer with the Army Air Forces and the Air Force. Paul Kitagaki Jr. /MCT/Landov hide caption

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For Tuskegee Airman George Porter, Failure Was Not An Option

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After serving in World War II, Tad Nagaki returned to Nebraska to farm corn, beans and sugar beets. Courtesy of Mary Previte hide caption

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After Long Wait For Combat, Tad Nagaki Became POW Liberator

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On June 5, 1944, Jake McNiece (right) led a group of paratroopers in World War II. After he shaved his head and painted his face before dropping behind German lines for D-Day, the look caught on with his men. U.S. Military hide caption

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Jake McNiece, WWII Hero And Self-Described 'Troublemaker'

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