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The body of Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich is buried at Congressional Cemetery on July 2, 1988. Matlovich, recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Vietnam, became a gay rights figure during his five-year battle against the Air Force, which discharged him in 1975 for homosexuality. In 1980 Matlovich settled with the Air Force and received an honorable discharge. Ira Schwartz /AP hide caption

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'A Perfect Soldier': Remembering A Warrior In The Battle Against Homophobia

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The Fennell family, in a photograph taken in 1999, several years after their kidnapping — posing with the very car they were kidnapped in. Courtesy of Janette Fennell hide caption

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In A Tight Spot, Abducted Family Struggled For Freedom — And Hope

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Erik and Jenna, in the classroom. "My advice to you is be brave," Erik tells her. StoryCorps hide caption

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Iraq Vet Offers A Heartfelt Lesson For His Student: 'Real Men Cry'

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An oral history project called The Great Thanksgiving Listen encourages people to record interviews with loved ones over Thanksgiving weekend. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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This Thanksgiving, Listen To (And Interview) Your Elders

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Marilynn Hillerman with her daughter, Andrea Crook, on a visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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After A Breakdown, A Secret Breaks Free From A Family's Closet — And Heals

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The aircraft hijacked by George Giffe, in Jacksonville, Fla., shortly after the hijacking occurred on Oct. 4, 1971. Courtesy of Andy Downs hide caption

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In The Long Shadow Of A Hijacking, The Children Seek A New Peace

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Noramay Cadena, with Chassitty at Cadena's first graduation from MIT in 2003. Courtesy of the Cardena family hide caption

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From Factory To Classroom: A Worker, A Student — And A Mother

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Elliott, who is a retired associate professor of counselor education, during her recent visit to StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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A First And Lasting Love, Long Before The World Would Let It Live

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Feliciano stands at the gravesite of his wife, Rosa. "She's buried here," he says. "So Green-Wood Cemetery is ground zero for me." Courtesy of Isaac Feliciano hide caption

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At A Brooklyn Cemetery, A Place Of Work — And An Enduring Memorial

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When he came back from Afghanistan, Army Pfc. Brian Orolin was eager to return to his life as a father and husband. But he had trouble holding on to a sense of purpose, his wife says. StoryCorps hide caption

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After Afghanistan, A Father Came Home — Then Disappeared

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Former Colo. Clerk Says Same-Sex Marriage In 1975 Generated Hate

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Heyn, in action in Baltimore's Fells Point with that night's feature attraction: Jupiter's moons. Kevin and Sonia McCarthy/Courtesy of Herman Heyn hide caption

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Stargazing From The Street Corner, Telescope And Hat In Hand

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In New Orleans' Hardest-Hit Neighborhood, A Recovery — By Sheer Will

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Monica Harwell (right) and her daughter Andrea Cleveland at StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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Power Worker's Legacy: Lines Installed, Doubters Defied, Daughter Inspired

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Roberto Olivera eventually went on to law school at the University of Southern California, and his mother was there to see him graduate. StoryCorps hide caption

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To Save Him, One Mom Told Her Son, 'Leave, And Do Not Look Back'

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