Donald Stratton, though badly burned, managed to escape from the USS Arizona during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor — thanks to the efforts of someone he believes has never gotten the recognition he deserves.
Nineteen-year-old Harold Radish was a Jewish-American prisoner of war in Nazi Germany, living off burnt bread and soup split among his cellmates. Vermin and lice were everywhere. He was one of the lucky ones.
They served in some of the horrific battles of World War II. One was there for the Normandy Landing on June 6, 1944. Another participated in the Battle of Okinawa. On Tuesday, they were honored in their nation's capital for their sacrifices.
The new National Museum of African American History and Culture highlights hundreds of personal stories of tragedy, suffering and courage, but some of the bravest heroes are recognized in the section about military history.