Heroes who did not fear the end

Heroes who did not fear the end

Michael P. Murphy

1. "Roger that, sir. Thank you." – Michael P. Murphy

Michael P. Murphy was a US Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the War in Afghanistan. He was killed on June 28, 2005 after his team became surrounded by Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Murphy had left his covered position to get better reception to contact headquarters and request immediate support for his team. He dropped his satellite phone after being shot more than 14 times, but still managed to retrieve the device and finish his call, even signing off with a “Thank you” while fighting Taliban from an exposed position. Lt Murphy is truly an American hero in every sense of the word.

Emperor Pedro II

2. "May God grant me these last wishes—peace and prosperity for Brazil." – Emperor Pedro II of Brazil 5 December 1891

Emperor Pedro II of Brazil was the second and last monarch of the Empire of Brazil. Born in Rio de Janeiro as the seventh child of Emperor Dom Pedro I he eventually grew to reign of more than 58 years. After his fall from power, many Brazilians remained attached to the former Emperor, who was still a popular and highly praised figure. He lived the remainder of his France, where his final wish was for the peace and prosperity of his native land.

Pope John Paul II

3. "Let me go to the house of the Father." – Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II, was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in the town of Wadowice, Poland on May 18, 1920. Forced to do manual labor during the Nazi occupation of Poland, by the age of 20 he had lost his mother, father, and only brother. He has been credited with helping to end the Communist rule in his native Poland as well as the rest of Europe. Perhaps the most beloved pope of all time, his funeral was attended by four kings, five queens, at least 70 presidents and prime minister, more than 14 leaders of other world religions, and an estimated four million mourners gathered in and around Vatican City.

Ross A. McGinnis

4. "Grenade. ... It's in the truck." – Ross A. McGinnis

Ross Andrew McGinnis was a United States Army soldier who was posthumously awarded the United State’s highest decoration for bravery, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Iraq War. He was serving as the gunner for a high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle when his convoy was attacked. During the attach a hand grenade was thrown into the vehicle, at which point McGinnis was killed in action after deliberately throwing himself on the grenade saving the lives of four other soldiers in the vehicle.

Jared C. Monti

5. "I've made peace with God; tell my family that I love them." – Jared C. Monti

Jared Christopher Monti was a United States Army soldier who received the military’s highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. Monti was deployed together with his unit when they were attacked by a group of enemy insurgents. After another soldier in his unit was wounded, Monti attempted to rescue him three times which lead to him being killed in action. The authorization for Monti’s Medal of Honor was signed by President Barack Obama, the President’s first, at the White House in 2009.

Jeremy Glick

6. "We're going to rush the hijackers." – Jeremy Glick

Jeremy Logan Glick was an American sales and marketing executive that was aboard Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. After the flight had been hijacked, Glick and three other passengers had formed a plan to take the plane back from the insurgents. Glick’s last words to his wife over the phone while aboard Flight 93 were “We’re going to rush the hijackers”.

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Todd Beamer

7. "Are you guys ready? Let's roll." – Todd Beamer

Todd Morgan Beamer was an American passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked and crashed as part of the September 11 attacks in 2001. While trying to place a credit card call through a phone located on the back of a plane seat, Beamer was redirected to a customer service representative, who passed him to the airphone’s supervisor. With FBI agents listening in on their call, Beamer informed the airphone supervisor of the evolving situation with the hijackers onboard. He was later one of four passengers who attempted to take back control of the plane from the hijackers.

Eddie Aikau

8. "Don't worry, I can do it. I can get to land." – Eddie Aikau

Eddie Ryon Makuahanai Aikau was a Hawaiin lifeguard and surfer. He was the first lifeguard to oversee the famous Waimea Bay, where he saved over 500 people and became famous for surfing the big Hawaiian surf. In 1978, he joined the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s journey to follow the ancient route of the Polynesian migration between the Hawaiian and Tahitian island chains. The double-hulled voyaging canoe developed a leak in one of its hulls during the journey and capsized 12 miles south of the island of Moloka’i. Aikau left the group in attempt to paddle to shore for help, but was never seen again.

Yu Gwansun

9. "Even if my fingernails are torn out, my nose and ears are ripped apart, and my legs and arms are crushed, this physical pain does not compare to the pain of losing my nation. My only remorse is not being able to do more than dedicating my life to my country." - Yu Gwansun

Yu Gwansun was a Korean independence activist organizer against the Imperial Japanese colonial rule of Korea. The protest would later be known as the March First Independence Movement, which was a peaceful demonstration by the Korean people against Japanese rule. Yu became one of the leading figures of the movement and a symbol of Korea’s fight for independence. She was arrested during a peaceful protest on April 1, 1919 after her parents were fatally shot by Japanese miltary police. Despite her attempts to obtain a fair trial, the Japanese colonial government found her guilty of sedition and security law violations. She died during her five-year sentence as a result of injuries sustained from torture and beatings in prison.

Joseph Trumpeldor

10. "Never mind, it is good to die for our country." - Joseph Trumpeldor

Joseph Vladimirovich Trumpeldor was an early Zionist activist who helped to organize the Zion Mule Corps and bring Jewish immigrants to Palestine. Though proudly Jewish, Trumpeldor was brought up within the Russian culture. Originally an aspiring dentist, Trumpeldor volunteered to join the Russian army in 1902. He would later go on to join the Zionist movement in the goal to create an independent Jewish state. He died in the Battle of Tel Hai where his last words were “Never mind, it is good to die for our country”.

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