10 War Heroes Who Were Abandoned By Their Home Countries

Their stories of courage and sacrifice fill
library shelves and sometimes are even immortalized on the silver screen. But for some war heroes, prestigious medals
and citations are often tarnished in the face of discrimination, injustice and false accusations. Conversely, many warriors have been ignored
altogether for their heroics on the battlefield and left to cope with the physical wounds
and psychological damage long after the fighting stops. 10. Erwin Rommel He was called “The Desert Fox” and held
a well-earned reputation as a brilliant tactician in tank warfare. Erwin Rommel first distinguished himself in
WWI and emerged as a national hero in WWII for his role in the invasion of France and
victories in North Africa. But after being implicated in a plot to assassinate
Hitler in 1944 — an allegation Rommel flatly denied — the venerated Field Marshall found
himself hopelessly cornered during the final stages of the war. The rise of Rommel’s stalwart career received
a major boost in 1937 with the release of his soon-to-be-classic book on military tactics,
“Infanterie greift an” (Infantry Attacks). Based on his experiences in battle, Rommel
emphasized the necessity of swift movement and deception to overwhelm and defeat the
enemy. The highly influential work would later be
immortalized in the 1970 film, Patton, in which the famed American general cries out,
“Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I read your book!” The opus also helped gain favor with Hitler
to become one of the Wehrmacht’s top generals — a promotion that rankled several senior
officers from more traditional German military families and Prussian aristocracy. Whether this played a factor in Rommel’s
eventual demise remains a matter of debate, Hitler became convinced that his highly decorated
commander had betrayed him and must be punished. Executing a national hero, however, proved
difficult — even for a cold-blooded sociopath like der Fuhrer. As a result, Rommel was given a choice: risk
tarnishing his reputation and endangering his family or simply commit suicide. He chose the latter, taking a cyanide pill
on October 11, 1944. German propaganda announced that he died from
his injuries sustained following D-Day and later received a celebrated state funeral
in Ulm. 9. Henry Johnson Henry Johnson stood only 5-foot-4 and weighed
130 pounds — a physique that would have barely qualified him as a lightweight boxer. On the battlefield, however, Johnson proved
he could punch far above his class, emerging as a bona fide hero in WWI and becoming the
first American soldier to earn the Croix de Guerre (France’s highest military honor)
with the coveted Gold Palm. Sadly, it took nearly a century for Johnson’s
own country to award him a posthumous Medal of Honor in 2015. William Henry Johnson was born in 1891 in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina and later moved to Albany, New York in search of employment. As a young black man with no education, he
took whatever jobs he could find, working as a chauffeur, laborer, and railway porter. In 1917, Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army
and was assigned to the “Old Fifteenth,” a state National Guard unit that would be
converted into the 369th Infantry Regiment. The unit consisted mostly of African Americans
and was one of the earliest arrivals in France as part of the American Expeditionary Force
(AEF). Not unlike conditions at home, Johnson encountered
systemic racism in military life. Most non-white U.S. troops in France, including
the 369th, performed menial labor such as unloading ships and digging latrines. The men, however, would soon become the first
African Americans to see combat after being re-assigned to the depleted (and more inclusive)
French Fourth Army, who dubbed them the “Harlem Hellfighters.” On the night of May 14, 1918 near the Argonne
Forest, Johnson and fellow private Needham Roberts stood sentry duty when German snipers
began firing at them. Johnson countered by lobbing grenades, but
the fast approaching enemy soon surrounded the two Americans and severely wounded the
17-year-old Roberts. After exhausting his ammunition, Johnson continued
to fight, using the butt of his rifle, a bolo knife, and his fists. He eventually killed four enemy soldiers and
wounded more than a dozen others before reinforcements arrived. More importantly, Johnson prevented the Germans
from breaking the French line despite suffering 21 wounds during the furious one-hour battle. For his actions, he earned the moniker “Black
Death.” When the Hellfighters arrived home in February
1919, they weren’t allowed to join the official victory parade in New York City with the other
returning U.S. troops. However, a separate parade was held in their
honor as thousands of spectators lined the route to watch Johnson lead nearly 3,000 troops
in an open car towards Harlem. The government also used his image on Victory
War stamps (“Henry Johnson licked a dozen Germans. How many stamps have you licked?”) along
with an assortment of army recruiting materials. His fame would be short-lived. Johnson’s discharge papers failed to mention
any of his combat-inflicted injuries, leaving him with no disability pay after the war. He then returned to Albany and resumed his
old job as a porter, but his physical limitations made it difficult for him to perform his normal
duties. He gradually drifted into alcoholism and died
penniless in 1929 at the age of 32. 8. Tul Bahadur Pun British Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw once said:
“If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or a Gurkha.” Manekshaw could very well have been describing
Nepalese Victoria Cross recipient, Tul Bahadur Pun. The Gurkha soldier single-handedly attacked
a Japanese machine-gun position in Burma during WWII, saving the lives of dozens of comrades
and re-claiming a vital supply line for the Allies. His only regret was that he didn’t kill
more enemy soldiers. Pun entered military service following a rigorous
selection process and qualified to become a Rifleman in the 3rd Battalion of the 6th
Gurkha Rifles. The name “Gurkha” originates from the
Nepalese hill town of Gorkha. Known for their fearless and extreme level
of physical fitness, the Gurkhas have served the British Crown for over 200 years and remain
an integral part of the British Army. They also possess a deadly secret weapon:
a traditional 18-inch kukri – a razor sharp knife which if drawn in battle must “taste
blood.” In all, Gurkha soldiers have received 13 Victoria
Crosses, the U.K’s highest military decoration. On June 23, 1943, while attempting to capture
a key railway bridge, Pun’s company became reduced to only himself and two other men. Undaunted, the three survivors launched an
attack on a well-fortified strongpoint called the Red House. Pun’s two companions soon became badly wounded
in the charge, but he picked up their only Bren light machine gun and kept blasting away
as he ran across a muddy open field. He then quickly dispatched three Japanese
soldiers and planned to kill the others inside the house before the remaining enemy troops
fled in terror. Pun also captured two machine guns and a large
cache of ammunition. The citation for Pun’s Victoria Cross declared:
“Rifleman Pun’s courage and superb gallantry in the face of odds which meant almost certain
death were most inspiring to all ranks and were beyond praise.” After the war, Pun returned to Nepal, but
decades later found himself embroiled in another battle. Suffering from ill health, Pun applied to
resettle in Britain in 2006 for needed medical treatment. However, he was refused because he “failed
to demonstrate strong ties with the UK.” It would take a media blitz and public outrage,
but Pun finally received the treatment. He also continued to campaign for Gurkhas’
rights alongside actress Joanna Lumley, who credited him for having saved her father’s
life during the war. While on a trip to his home village in Nepal,
Pun died on April 20, 2011 at the age of 88. 7. David Hackworth David Hackworth began his military career
at the ripe age of 14 after lying about his age to join the Merchant Marines in 1945. He would go on to become one of the most decorated
soldiers in U.S. history that included two Distinguished Service Crosses, 10 Silver Stars,
8 Bronze Stars, and 8 Purple Hearts. Before he was old enough to legally buy beer,
Hackworth won a battlefield commission during the Korean War and later became the youngest
full Colonel in Vietnam. Movie buffs will also appreciate that the
man known as “Hack” reputedly served as inspiration for the rogue character of Colonel
Kurtz in Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic, Apocalypse Now. As an expert on guerrilla warfare tactics,
he also co-authored the Veteran Primer, a manual on counterinsurgency still in use today. But as the war in Vietnam grew increasingly
muddled by bureaucracy and in need of reform, Hackworth became more rebellious and frustrated
with the Pentagon. In a 1971 interview with ABC-TV, he even went
as far as to say that the war couldn’t be won. His candor caught American top brass totally
off guard. Following Hackworth’s controversial statements,
the Army floated the possibility of a court-martial, but the highly successful colonel was eventually
allowed to resign with an honorable discharge. He then turned to writing, penning his best-selling
autobiography, About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior. Additionally, he founded Soldiers for the
Truth, an advocacy group dedicated to military reform, both in terms of improved capability
and treatment of personnel. 6. Eusebio Mbiuki Eusebio Mbiuki recently turned 100 years old. The WWII veteran still lives in rural Kenya
where he grew up in the small highland village of Mwema. As a member of the King’s African Rifles
(KAR), Mbiuki survived tropical diseases, venomous snakes and the onslaught of Japanese
gunfire while fighting for the British Empire in the jungles of Burma (now Myanmar). These days, however, the centenarian is fighting
poverty — and long-standing discrimination that saw black troops receive three times
less payment that white soldiers — and often nothing at all. From 1939 to 1945, Britain recruited roughly
600,000 African men, sometimes by force, from its colonies to take up arms throughout Asia,
Africa, and the Middle East. The deployment formed part of the largest
single movement of African men overseas since the transatlantic slave trade. Mbiuki signed up in 1944 and was quickly shipped
off to Burma, traveling over 4,000 miles on an overcrowded ship in rough seas and putrid
conditions. Upon arrival, they faced not only a seasoned,
well-entrenched Japanese Army but frequent beatings by the hands of racist British officers. After returning home after the war, white
soldiers in Britain holding the rank of private received a pension (known as a war gratuity)
of ten shillings a month. But Africans earned nearly a third less (if
anything) for the same service because of an egregious policy based on colonial origins
and blatant prejudice. “They should have known how much we had
helped them,” Mbiuki said recently. “We were abandoned, just like that.” A 2018 documentary called “Forgotten Heroes
of Empire” is helping to create long overdue awareness about the mistreatment of KAR troops. Tragically, the number of veterans like Mbiuki
are rapidly dwindling, but efforts are underway to provide compensation as well as the belated
acknowledgment of their invaluable war contribution. 5. Edward A. Carter The unconventional path of Edward Carter’s
military career eventually led to a posthumous Medal of Honor in 1997. The award came following a long, extensive
study to identify African-American soldiers whose acts of valor might have been overlooked
due to prejudice. His citation in part reads: On March 23, 1945, near Speyer, Germany, while
serving with Company #1, 56th Armored Infantry Regiment, 12th Armored Division. When the tank on which he was riding received
heavy bazooka and small arms fire, Sergeant Carter voluntarily attempted to lead a three-man
group across an open field. Within a short time, two of his men were killed
and the third seriously wounded. Continuing on alone, he was wounded five times
and finally forced to take cover. As eight enemy riflemen attempted to capture
him, Sergeant Carter killed six of them and captured the remaining two. He then crossed the field using as a shield
his two prisoners from which he obtained valuable information concerning the disposition of
enemy troops. Born in Los Angeles on May 26, 1916, to missionary
parents, Carter’s far-away travels included India and China. Eschewing his family’s strict, non aggression
beliefs, he ran away from home at 15 and enlisted in the Chinese Nationalist Army to fight against
invading Japanese forces. He later went to Europe, fighting for the
Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, an integrated volunteer
unit of mostly American volunteers dedicated to fighting fascism. Upon his return to the United States, Carter
joined the Army in 1941 as a sergeant, but soon found himself subjected to racism within
the segregated U.S. military. Making matters worse, an intelligence officer
at Fort Benning, Georgia, “deemed it advisable” to put Carter under surveillance because of
his background in “communist” China and fighting on the side of the ”socialists”
in Spain. Carter eventually shipped out to war in 1944,
battle-tested and ready to fight. Upon arrival in Europe, he was assigned to
George S. Patton’s Third Army, and briefly served as one of the famed general’s personal
bodyguards. By spring of the following year, Carter saw
combat but had to accept a demotion to private because he wasn’t allowed to command white
troops. That would all change after his heroic actions
on March 23, 1945, and had his sergeant stripes restored for the remainder of the war. When Carter attempted to re-enlist prior to
the Korean War, his overly scrutinized background led to being discharged without explanation. Unfortunately, the fact that he had been awarded
the Distinguished Service Cross (later upgraded to Medal of Honor), Purple Heart and Bronze
Star fell on deaf ears and closed minds. Disheartened, he moved back to California,
where he passed away in 1963 at the age of 47 from cancer — a condition his doctors
partially attributed to shrapnel still in his neck. Although Carter was originally buried in West
Los Angeles, his remains have since been moved to their rightful final resting place at Arlington
National Cemetery. 4. Brian Wood During the Iraq War, a large unit of Iraqi
insurgents ambushed a British patrol at a checkpoint known as Danny Point. Soldiers from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
became trapped, requiring them to engage in close-quarter rifle fire and hand-to-hand
combat while waiting for reinforcements. Despite being highly outnumbered, Sergeant
Brian Wood led a bayonet charge in a battle that killed 28 Mahdi Army soldiers. For his actions, Wood received the Military
Cross, the third highest military decoration awarded to British armed forces. Although the Highlanders managed to survive
the bloody ordeal with minimal casualties, the aftermath left many of the soldiers with
severe PTSD. Compounding the issue, a 2009 public inquiry
called Al-Sweady began in which Wood and his men were alleged to have participated in unlawful
killing, mistreatment, and abuse on Iraqi nationals. A lengthy, highly publicized court fight ensued
before being eventually dismissed in late 2014 due to lack of evidence. The inquiry revealed that the testimony of
the Iraqis and the law firm representing them, Public Interest Lawyers, were based on “deliberate
lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility.” As a result of the findings, Public Interest
Lawyers later went out of business, and its Head of Strategic Litigation, Phil Shiner,
was struck off the roll of solicitors by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in February
2017. Although the British government announced
it would take steps to prevent similar bogus claims, nothing can erase the damage already
inflicted on the lives of the falsely-accused soldiers. 3. Roy Benavidez When President Ronald Reagan presented Master
Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez with the Medal of Honor in 1981, the former actor turned to
the press and said, “If the story of his heroism were a movie script, you would not
believe it.” Even more remarkably, however, Benavidez’s
display of courage and valor occurred both on and off the battlefield. Raul Perez “Roy” Benavidez was born on
March 25, 1935, in Cuero, Texas and fought his entire life, battling systemic racism
and bureaucracy, and eventually, a hostile foe in a faraway land. The son of a Mexican-American sharecropper
and Yaqui mother, Benevidez lost both his parents to tuberculosis when he was five;
he then lived with relatives and sporadically attended school before dropping out at 15
to help support his extended family. He eventually enlisted in the Army and became
a member of the vaunted 5th Special Forces Group (Green Berets) whose fighting spirit
is defined by its motto, “Strength and Honor.” During a patrol in Vietnam, Benavidez stepped
on a land mine during a covert mission; doctors at the time told him that he’d never walk
again. But the wounded warrior viewed the setback
as just another challenge to overcome. He underwent a year of grueling rehab (sometimes
crawling only on his elbows and chin) and true to his hardened resolve, returned to
active duty. It didn’t take long for him to find himself
in another desperate situation. On May 2, 1968, his Special Forces team — 3
Green Berets and 9 Montagnard tribesmen — had been ambushed by over 1,000 North Vietnamese
troops. Armed with only a knife and carrying medical
supplies, Benavidez hastily jumped aboard an evacuation helicopter and rushed to the
location. ”When I got on that copter, little did I
know we were going to spend six hours in hell,” he later recalled. By the time the siege ended, the sergeant
had saved at least eight men while being shot seven times, stabbed with a bayonet and hit
by 28 pieces of shrapnel. His mangled, bullet-riddled corpse had been
placed inside a body bag, but before medics could zip it up the barely conscious soldier
spit blood onto a doctor’s face, letting him know that the tougher than a coffin nail
Texan was still alive. Two years after receiving his nation’s highest
military decoration, the hardened soldier again went to war — but this time with the
Social Security Administration. A cost-cutting scheme planned to cut off disability
payments to veterans, including those of one particular MOH recipient named Roy Benavidez. Naturally, the Green Beret strapped on his
boots and marched up to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. There, on behalf of thousands of combat vets,
he convinced Congress to abandon the ill-conceived motion. Or in military jargon, Sierra Tango Foxtrot
Uniform. 2. Walter Tull The Arras Memorial stands at the entrance
to the Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery in northeast France, commemorating those who fought and
died in WWI. One of the names engraved on the wall is 2nd
Lieutenant Walter Tull, a British soldier whose enduring legacy is simply immeasurable. As the grandson of a former slave, the biracial
officer, and star footballer battled overwhelming adversity, racism, and inequality to emerge
as a pioneer in two separate fields. Tull not only exuded valor and bravery — he
defined it — and his inspiring story continues to resonate over 100 years after his death. Walter Daniel John Tull was born in Folkestone,
Kent on April 28, 1888 to Daniel Tull, a carpenter from Barbados, and a local English woman,
Alice Elizabeth Palmer, who gave birth to five children. By the age of nine, both of Walter’s parents
had tragically died and he was sent to a Presbyterian children’s home in London. Faced with strict church principles and isolation
from his siblings, Tull soon found refuge in sport. He eventually became only the third black
man ever to play professional football in Britain, but also became the target of frequent
racial abuse — one of many social injustices he battled throughout his life. For most young men in Britain, the outbreak
of war in the Summer of 1914 changed everything. Tull joined the 17th Battalion, Middlesex
(Duke of Cambridge’s Own) Regiment — better known as the “Football Battalion” which
heeded to Lord Kitchener’s appeal (and public outcry) for fit and healthy men from the same
locality or occupation to serve together in “Pals Battalions.” His fellow soldiers suggested he apply for
officer consideration despite a provision in the Manual of Military Law specifically
prohibiting applicants who were not “of pure European descent.” Nonetheless, he persevered and ultimately
received his commission, becoming the first mixed-race officer in the British Army to
lead white troops in combat. He fought valiantly at the Battle of Messines
in June 1917, before moving to the Italian front where he earned praise by his superior
officer for “gallantry and coolness” at the Battle of Caporetto. Tull led 26 men across the fast-moving River
Piave in a successful night raid into enemy territory and brought them all back unharmed. He received a recommendation for a Military
Cross, a medal he would not receive for reasons never explained. On March 25, 1918, Tull spearheaded an attack
on enemy trenches during the Kaiserschlact in France and met heavy machine gun fire. The badly outnumbered British troops were
forced to withdraw, but as Tull tried to cover their retreat, a German bullet struck him
in the neck. Although his fellow footballers desperately
attempted to recover his body, Tull would be forever lost to “no man’s land.” Over the years, calls to posthumously award
Tull his well-deserved Military Cross continue to grow louder. A moving tribute took place in 1918 to mark
the centenary of the end of the First World War, featuring Tull’s portrait on the beach
in Ayr, Scotland. 1. Navajo Code Talkers Transmitting secure communications is a vital
element of warfare that can often determine victory or defeat. During WWII in the Pacific Theater, the U.S.
Marine Corps relied on a highly specialized unit to send and receive a new advanced code
rooted in an ancient language: Navajo. As a result, Native American “Code Talkers”
saved countless lives with a lexicon that remains the only military code that was never
broken. Ever. In the early stages of the war, Japanese cryptographers
had little difficulty deciphering American lines of communication. That soon changed with the implementation
of a complex, unwritten language. Spoken only by people born into the southwest
Native American culture, Navajo features several different inflections and tonalities capable
of conveying entirely different meanings. The befuddled enemy didn’t stand a chance. The Code Talker Program involved the recruitment
of over 400 Navajos from Arizona and New Mexico — many of whom lived on reservations without
electricity or running water. The two-pronged code consisted of the first
letter of a Navajo word that corresponded with one of the 26 letters in the English
alphabet to spell out a message. A second part used a vocabulary of 211 English
words (later expanded to 411) with Navajo synonyms, e.g. Humming Bird=Fighter Plane. Previous conventional codes used time-consuming,
lengthy procedures requiring electronic equipment. The Navajos, positioned as both senders and
receivers, were able to successfully translate, transmit and re-translate the codes directly
in a fraction of the time. The men would eventually take part in every
major operation involving the Marines in the Pacific theater. During the invasion of Iwo Jima, the Code
Talkers sent more than 800 messages alone without error. Major Howard Connor, who served as signal
officer during the battle, later said, “Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would
never have taken Iwo Jima.” In other words, Tkin-Gloe-lh-A-Kha Ah-Ya-Tsinne-Tkin-Tsin-Tliti-Tse-Nill. After helping the win the war, many of these
heroes returned to their reservations. Sadly, the impoverished conditions remain
today in a standard of living that could easily qualify as “third world.” In addition to recent government cutbacks
of Native American programs, many Navajos remain mired in crippling poverty, as well
as being besieged by drugs, gang influence and suicide rates that are three times the
national average.

100 thoughts on “10 War Heroes Who Were Abandoned By Their Home Countries”

  1. I find it humorously sick that there are politicians who are more concerned about the fate and welfare of people from mexico and central america… but not those languishing on reservations.

  2. 5:08 BRITISH ??? He was a indian parsi (Zoroastrian) and only indian army soldier to ever get promoted to a 5 star rank … He lead indian army in 1971 Indo-Pak Bangladesh liberation war …. Way more indian than British ????

  3. The shame is I can give but one thumbs up to this excellent video honoring hero’s that deserve to be remembered and honored.

  4. A man who risked his life in fighting for the British Crown and winning a VC NOT considered as proving "ties to Britain"!! SHAMEFUL!!

    Pun, Carter, Benevidez and Tull should have movies made of their lives. Not only for their astonishing battlefield gallantry, but also for their indimitability in the face of such adversity throughout their lives!! 👍

  5. Nord VPN had a major security breach recently-ish that they tried to sweep under the rug. Besides that, long time subscriber here, love the videos Simon!

  6. You want to know how little natives get recognition? The Navajo weren't the only code talkers but they are the only ones anyone knows about.

  7. The Henry Johnson story, along with the stories of other soldiers being discriminated against because of race, is so tragic. And, it continues to this day – soldiers (and even some of their families), who have fought bravely for this country – are being deported for the sin of being immigrants. Not to mention; our treatment of Native Americans and the conditions under which they live – such as the Navajo – are unconscionable. Shame on us.

  8. My father's troops were all Basuto, classed by the German intelligence system as crack mountain troops. My father was not allowed to teach them how to shoot, that lasted nanoseconds after they hit the beach. There are always large amounts of small arms lying around. 😐

  9. I shed tears for my fellow African Americans who like my father took massive amounts of abuse on and off the battlefield!

  10. I'm surprised to not see Alan Turing up here – I mean his actions saved possibly tens of thousands of lives and he basically is the father of computers and yet he committed suicide after being unfairly and completely unacceptably imprisoned for being gay

  11. You know the blacks and Hispanics think that they have been treated wrongly.And piss and moan about it constantly. And the MSM continue to fuel the fires of hate . But do they mention the native Americans who owned and lived on this land before it was stolen from them ,and are to this day treated like dirt ,and the only saving grace if you can call it that is that the government has not committed mass genocide on them.

    And as for the British they taught the world how to use and discard people at a whim. With no further thought about the consequences that kicking a puppy on to a fast flowing highway.

  12. You should’ve talked about how the Harlem hell fighters original battalion number was something else but the army changed it to a higher number that was used for drafted battalions and they were all volunteers which was even more demeaning

  13. Amazing that black soliders recieved more honor and praise he the french than the americans. NOT!!! No suprise at all that the french would recognize bravery regardless of skin color.

  14. Veterans from these US wars in Iraq and Afganistan are being abandoned also!!!! The VA system in the US is horrible and slow in issueing out benefits and claims.The US Army is also HORRIBLE in dealing with soldiers suffering from ptsd and other traumas!!! I know,I was one of these SOLDIERS.Had a front row seat to witness VA and Army handling of military personel.

  15. What about Alan Turner, a british SOE officer who was critical in breaking the enigma code. He was abandoned by Britain for being gay

  16. The Code Talkers have never been forgotten by the Brotherhood of the USMC and they will always be spoken of with reverence.

  17. Great video, I posted it to Facebook. Thank-you. It warmed my heart, and gave me hope for a world that produced such fine men. Please do something similar for ladies, something that demonstrates this level of nobility, I promise to post that one also. Once more. thank-you.

  18. Three hundred and forty-six soldiers were executed by the British Army during the Great War. Of these, twenty five were Canadians, all volunteers, unmarried and with ages ranging from 19 to 37.They were executed between March 1916 and August 1918.

  19. It breaks my heart about Henry Johnson. Say what one might about the French, they at least don't let something stupid as skin color keep them from recognizing a hero.

  20. The government does that stuff to most soldiers (Johnson's case). Ignore injuries incurred on active duty and they work mightily to get out of paying any compensation. Now they even deny treatment then send out emails telling us how they are doing great work "for veterans". It isn't just a racial thing!

  21. its tommy this and tommy that and chuck him out the brute, but its saviour of our country when the guns begin to shoot…..

  22. Whud'bout John J. Rambo? That guy fought in Vietnam, took out a corrupt police force, returned to Vietnam to rescue POW's, organized plus fought alongside Afghan Rebels against Russia, single-handedly brought down the dictator of then Burma which is now again Myanmar, and most recently battled a brutal Mexican Cartel.

  23. Please stop advertising for Nord VPN. They had a major hack, didn't know about it for 7 months, then didn't tell anyone about it. It took white hat hackers to expose the problem, as well as many other security voids before they admitted anything.

  24. Glad you didn’t put Bobby Garwood on this list, traitorous POS but he’s got a few people thinking he’s a CIA hero so he can’t tell the truth.

  25. Sorry TopTenz this one needed more research, quite a few of these heroes were not abandoned by their countries, especially in the United Kingdom, there are numerous military charities, many of them dating back hundreds of years, that will help and assist ANY veteran and/or their family. Remember that not all heroes sought the awards they received or didn’t receive as the case might be, and just wanted to be left to go back to their homes and forget the war(s) they fought in, in other words they wanted to disappear from the limelight. Sorry 👎👎👎👎👎

  26. True story
    An English officer went with his men to show the Gurkha's how to parachute out of a plane the English Paratroopers flew over at two thousand feet and and parachuted to the ground.
    The officer looked at the Gurkha's commander and said your next. The Gurkha's commander ask if it would be okay if they jumped from five hundred feet. The officer said why man,are your men coward's? No Sir we don't have any parachutes

  27. I wonder if foreign militaries know the Navajo language now. You’d think since we used it to such effect in ww2, they’d have spent the last 70 years trying to sneakily learn it.

  28. First, It's pronounced "Na-va-ho."
    Second, "Navaho" is the Spanish word for the "Dine`, their word for themselves.
    Actually the Japanese did eventually find out the language was Dine` but did not know the code context. A Dine` soldier was taken as a POW by the Japanese. He was not a Marine and was just as surprised to hear his own language over the radio. He knew the words, but not the context of the messages and didn't tell.

  29. I remember reading how the Japanese intercept officers reacted the first time they heard Navajo Code Talkers. Not only could they not understand it, they couldn't even transcribe it.
    They just sat and stared at their radios trying to figure out what the sounds were.

  30. Seems to be the way of it, too many left wing snow flakes, do gooders and political correctness, all going to be the end of us all.

  31. Gt Britain holds the Gurkha in the highest regard they are the bravest of the brave never been any cowardice in these brave warriors more than can be said of others.

  32. May I humbly request a Biographic on Mr. Martin F. Dardis? A WWII hero, although decorated as part of Patton’s US Army. He worked to have recognition for his comrades and himself leading to a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts in 1988. Dardis would go on to provide the information that would lead to the Watergate scandal (though portrayed as a bumbling clown in All the President’s Men). In his later years, he uncovered rampant cocaine abuse in the NFL and illegal gambling in NBL as an investigative reporter for Sports Illustrated. These are just a few of the highlights of a man who loved and lived for his country and justice.

  33. About 20 years ago or longer. German dress maker selected Rommel as one of ten sharpest dressed men of decade (or century). World exploded in horror them choosing” blood thirsty nazi”… they choose someone else after apologizing profusely.

    It is great shame how hypocrite British (and Canadian) bureaucratic systems are.
    Look at The UK now… a big mess.

  34. Countries love their warriors during war time unfortunately when battles are done they are forgotten. Racism only makes it worse.

  35. I've enjoyed seeing the biographics on the few you've done. Please do the rest! Even if you do a group version on the Navajo! 🙂

  36. Aalbany, with a long A sound, like you'd use when saying the word "all". I never understood why people say it the other way, though I guess Albion is said that way, so perhaps that's it.

  37. Governments want you to worship the military, but they also want you to ignore how the govt doesn't care about many of them and, if time comes for a citizen uprising, they'll be the ones directed to kill you.

    And don't forget the treatment of brown soldiers by all of these bloodthirsty empires.

  38. On a personal note. I’m a navy falklands vet, unknow to myself or anyone picked up ptsd. 6 yrs later thrown out dishonourable discharge with 28 days DQs (jail) visit. For desertion. Thanks navy. Was able to sue, now have two pensions. This was in 1982.

  39. Simon. Love ya. Great vids. But sometimes your pronunciations just really………………….. 🙂 Navajo. As in "have a hoe" but with an "n" instead of "h". .

  40. During my time in the US Army we were taught about Roy Benavidez, he was highly revered. I wouldn't say he was abandoned by his country, definitely nowhere near as bad as Edward Carter.

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