Jack Baird ©Stars and Stripes
Dak To, South Vietnam, June, 1966: Capt. William Carpenter, right, commander of the 101st Airborne Division's C Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Regiment, and 1st Lt. William Jordan talk about their company's recent close call in escaping from near-encirclement by North Vietnamese forces. Carpenter, a football All-American and team captain at West Point, called for a napalm strike on his own position that enabled his troops to set up a defensive perimeter and eventually break free. His actions earned him his second Silver Star of the war. Carpenter eventually turned down pro football offers and made the military his career; he retired as a general officer.