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Second Lieutenant Rajeev Sandhu
A second lieutenant in the Indian Army, Sandhu’s group was ambushed while making their way to obtain rations while on deployment in Sri Lanka. A rocket coming from the assailants hit Sandhu’s truck and killed all of them but before the Second Lieutenant succumbed, he was able to kill the assailants with his assault rifle. Sandhu was posthumously given the Maha Vir Chakra, the equivalent of a Purple Heart.
Ivar B. Knudsen
Although not much is known of his life, we do know that Knudsen was one of the founders of the Millorg, which later developed into Norway’s major resistance movement during World War 2. Rumor has it that he was responsible for drawing maps for the Allied Powers. He received several awards after the war before dying of cancer in 1952. Unfortunately much of his story has been lost to time.
Lim was the very first Filipino graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Although he played a crucial role in the Pacific theatre during World War II, he was captured by the Japanese in January of 1945 and executed by firing squad. His likeness has been commemorated on the country’s one thousand peso bill.
Allan Mclane was an officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution under the command of then General George Washington. He is well known for having used most of his fortune he inherited after his father died to fund his own company as far as payment and equipment for the troops. They managed to earn themselves the nickname “Market Stoppers”. Mclane also famously warned General Washington of his suspicion of Benedict Arnold’s loyalty prematurely.
General Muhammadu Shuwa
Genereal Muhammadu Shuwa was a well known Nigerian war hero. In spite of all his military training however, Shuwa was known as a patriot and a pacifist. According to president Goodluck Jonathan: “General Muhammadu Shuwa was a symbol of unity and humility who served his fatherland selflessly”. Shuwa retired from the military in 1979 but was tragically assassinated by four assailants in 2012 in front of his home.