This week's military videos showcases heroic acts by service members and veterans here on American soil. In each of these acts of heroism, there was no hesitation by these individuals to risk their lives to save the lives of others.
Below, we share videos telling the stories of service members pulling a others from burning cars. We share the story of a 75-year-old veteran who saved 16 children from a knife-wielding attacker. There's a Coast Guard video of a rescue at sea. And finally, there's the video clip of an Iraq War veteran who saved two children who were in a burning house.
We call this weekly blog post which features a wide array of military videos Heroes in Action. That name certainly fits the theme of this week's videos sharing acts of heroism by veterans and military members.
Thank you to each of these individuals (and the many more who are not featured here) who were willing to put other lives ahead of their own. And thank you also to all of our men and women of the military who keep us safe and free.
A double-amputee Marine, who lost both legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, is being hailed as a hero for saving a baby from a smoking car. The double-amputee Marine vet told the New York Daily News, "With the Marines, you are taught to be prepared and act. Instinctively you just react, you don’t freeze, and thankfully we were able to make a difference. We didn’t know if the car was on fire or anything else. We knew we had to get them to safety."
Read more the heroic actions of this Marine here.
When 16 children and their mothers found themselves trapped in a Morton Public Library as a man with hunting knives screamed, "I'm going to kill some people," a 75-year-old Army veteran came to their rescue. James Vernon's heroic actions that day not only helped police apprehend the attacker, but also saved lives.
In this military video, a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point rescues the four survivors, three men and a dog, of the sinking of the 70-foot catamaran Brandi Anne 41 miles northeast of Oahu's North Shore Aug. 9, 2015. The master of the vessel made a mayday call to the Coast Guard at 12:44 p.m. to report the vessel sinking and the crew abandoned ship into a life raft. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Barbers Point.
Here's a viral video sharing the story of the heroic actions of Army Captain Steve Voglezon. The U.S. Army Captain saved the lives of two people who were trapped inside a burning car. And, yes, that off-duty Army Captain Steve Voglezon is wearing a Captain America t-shirt.
Read more about the heroic actions of Capt. Voglezon and other citizens who helped save three lives that day here.
Iraq war veteran Chris Poe ran into a burning home and helped two children make it to safety. Poe was driving with his family four blocks away when he saw smoke rising from a rooftop and his instincts told him to take action. "There wasn't really any time to think about what you're going to do, there was just time to do something," Poe said.
It turns out there were two children in the home. One was in a panic and the other was unaware of the danger as flames climbed up an outside wall of the home. Poe went upstairs and didn't find anyone, so he came back to the first floor where he found an 8-year-old boy he described as "frantic" and told him get out of the house and go across the street. He then went into the basement where he found a 14-year-old girl who didn't know the house was burning. "I told her her house was on fire and I asked if anybody else was in the house," Poe said. "She said no, but her cat was still there."
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