(Bob Crockett/Stars and Stripes)

Frankfurt, Germany, Nov. 20, 1980: Derek Dixon, 9 (left), and J.T. Williams III pose on the playground at Frankfurt Elementary School. J.T., son of Spc. 4 William and Karen Carroll, saved Derek’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver when he saw his friend choking at lunch. J.T., who was also 9 years old, had seen how to perform the life-saving maneuver when their teacher Kathryn Willers showed a movie on it to her fourth grade class at Frankfurt Elementery School No. 2. Derek is the son of Spec. 5 Anthony and Myrna Dixon.

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