"The Little Rock Nine" --These 9 teenagers integrated the white high school in Little Rock, AR. They were kicked, ridiculed, threatened, called every name, spat on, ignored, and had acid thrown in their faces. Pres. Eisenhower ordered federal protection, and Melba Patillo Beals in her book "Warriors Don't Cry" credits their body guards of the 101st airborne as their saviors. All have lead highly successful lives. And all are heroes.
A photo of Jimmy Locklear of North Carolina, taken in 1968. He was an RTO with the 101st Airborne Division, and was killed on September 7th, 1968. He was trying to save a friend, and was shot 3 times from an AK-47. Jimmy did not die right away, it took him about 20 minutes to pass, all the while with Sergeant Simone holding his head above the ground. Jimmy died of a head wound that day, and he died peacefully. Courtesy of a veteran who knew Jimmy.