“I’ve always been interested in World War II, but I wanted to get a better understanding of what these guys really went through,” says 19-year-old Rishi Sharma of Los Angeles.

“About a year and a half ago,” he said, “I started riding my bike to senior homes to talk to veterans of World War II, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Dorothy Becker

Dorothy Becker was one tough lady. Long before she taught vocational nursing at Lamar University during the 1950s and ’60s or worked at Baptist Hospital and St. Elizabeth, she joined the U.S Army after receiving a nursing degree from Columbia Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Becker, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 92, served as an officer and nurse during World War II.

Broughton Hand receiving Legion of Honor medal

U.S. Army veteran Broughton “Brodie” Hand, 92, of Anahuac received France’s highest award — the Legion of Honor medal — last month for his efforts to liberate France from Nazi occupation during World War II.