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A Soldier's Story: Private Rod Serling

Private Rod Serling, was born December 25th, 1994 to Ester Cooper and Samuel Lawrence Sterling.  His parents encouraged his story-telling talent and during high school, he was on the debate team, wrote for the school newspaper and spoke at his high school graduation.

He enlisted in the US Army the day after he graduated and served as a member of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division.  Serving during combat was especially challenging to Private Serling, however, he completed his time of service and earned a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and the Philippine Liberation Medal.

Private Serling used the GI bill to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Antioch College and began writing scripts for both radio and television. His best-known show is the Twilight Zone, which allowed him to portray current issues, such as racism,  from a science fiction perspective, allowing the content to bypass the censorship of the day.

Private Serling has won 7 Emmy's, a…

A Soldier's Story: General Dwight D. Eisenhower

General Eisenhower was born on October 4, 1890, to David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Elizabeth Stover.  He was the third of seven boys.   He was raised in Abilene Kansas.

General Eisenhower was appointed to West Point in 1911, graduating in 1915.

During WWI, he commanded a tank training center at Camp Colt and in 1922 was in the Panama Canal Zone, with General Fox Conner.

He graduated from the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth in 1926 and then reported and toured for the War Department until 1929.

1941 saw General Eisenhower as the Chief of Staff of the Third Army, and later, in 1942 became the Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces, commanding Operation Torch and D-Day.  He was also the governor of the US Occupied Zone.

After his retirement from active service, he campaigned and won the office of President of the United States, where he is credited with the armistice of Korea, the successful handling of the crises in Lebanon and Suez, the development of the Atoms for …

A Sailor's Story: Captain Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Captain Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was impressively active throughout his life.

He began his acting career at 14 and ultimately participated in about 100 productions.

At the start of WWII, he joined the US Naval Reserves and served actively until May of 1946, retiring from the reserves in 1954.

Captain Fairbanks developed the tactic behind the Beach Jumper program, a military deception unit.

In addition to earning several medals during WWII, including a Silver Star and a Legion of Merit, Captain Fairbanks also has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He wrote an autobiography "Salad Days" in 1988 and related his WWII experiences in the book "A Hell of a War" published in 1993.