History HeroicSacrifice / RealLife

30th Aug '17 10:07:47 PM noelwym
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* Despite the knowledge that she was about to be subjected to a grisly fate of being crushed, in her final moments, Xiang Liujuan, a 30-year-old mother [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-33672037]] managed to push her child away to safety as the escalator panel beneath her collapsed.

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* Despite the knowledge that she was about to be subjected to a horrifically grisly fate of being crushed, fate, in her final moments, Xiang Liujuan, a 30-year-old mother [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-33672037]] managed to push her child away to safety as the escalator panel beneath her collapsed.
27th Aug '17 1:41:49 PM nombretomado
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* Colonel YuriGagarin died on March 27, 1968 when the MiG-15 he was piloting crashed near Moscow. He could have ejected safely from his failing craft, but chose to fly on past that point, because if he had ejected, the plane would have landed on a village killing everyone there.

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* Colonel YuriGagarin UsefulNotes/YuriGagarin died on March 27, 1968 when the MiG-15 he was piloting crashed near Moscow. He could have ejected safely from his failing craft, but chose to fly on past that point, because if he had ejected, the plane would have landed on a village killing everyone there.
27th Jul '17 3:39:23 AM StoneTurtle
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* Everybody on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tablets_on_the_Memorial_to_Heroic_Self_Sacrifice Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice]] tablet.

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* Everybody on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tablets_on_the_Memorial_to_Heroic_Self_Sacrifice Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice]] tablet.tablet in Postman's Park, London.
24th Jul '17 2:08:27 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* On August 1, 2007, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. One of those killed was Paul Eickstadt, a 51-year-old truck driver. How? Just as the roadway fell out, he swerved his truck to make room for a passing school bus. His truck [[http://media.jrn.com/images/a1bus17a-01_4759671_ver1.0_640_480.jpg formed a support for the collapsing bridge]]. He was killed in the fiery explosion, but everyone on the bus, including 51 children, survived.

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* On August 1, 2007, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. One of those killed was Paul Eickstadt, a 51-year-old truck driver. How? Just as the roadway fell out, he swerved his truck to make room for a passing school bus. His truck [[http://media.jrn.com/images/a1bus17a-01_4759671_ver1.0_640_480.jpg formed a support for the collapsing bridge]]. He was killed in the fiery explosion, but everyone bus, ensuring he wouldn't crash into it. Everyone on the bus, including 51 children, survived.
24th Jul '17 1:56:59 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* Despite the knowledge that she was about to be subjected to a grisly fate of being crushed, in her final moments, Xiang Liujuan, a 30-year-old mother [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-33672037]] managed to push her child away to safety as the escalator panel beneath her collapsed.

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* Despite the knowledge that she was about to be subjected to a grisly fate of being crushed, in her final moments, Xiang Liujuan, a 30-year-old mother [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-33672037]] managed to push her child away to safety as the escalator panel beneath her collapsed.collapsed.
* On August 1, 2007, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. One of those killed was Paul Eickstadt, a 51-year-old truck driver. How? Just as the roadway fell out, he swerved his truck to make room for a passing school bus. His truck [[http://media.jrn.com/images/a1bus17a-01_4759671_ver1.0_640_480.jpg formed a support for the collapsing bridge]]. He was killed in the fiery explosion, but everyone on the bus, including 51 children, survived.
23rd Jul '17 9:36:12 PM noelwym
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pietro_Micca Pietro Micca]], a Piedmontese soldier. In 1706, during the Siege of Turin, some French soldiers tried to get into the tunnel network that protected the citadel; Micca and a comrade barred a door in their faces, then Micca sent away his fellow soldier and lit a very short fuse near to a prepared charge to collapse the steps that led towards the citadel, before following him, well knowing that he likely couldn't get far enough to escape the shockwave or the resulting poisonous gases. He died, but the French soldiers were all killed or injured, and the citadel held until the siege was lifted.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pietro_Micca Pietro Micca]], a Piedmontese soldier. In 1706, during the Siege of Turin, some French soldiers tried to get into the tunnel network that protected the citadel; Micca and a comrade barred a door in their faces, then Micca sent away his fellow soldier and lit a very short fuse near to a prepared charge to collapse the steps that led towards the citadel, before following him, well knowing that he likely couldn't get far enough to escape the shockwave or the resulting poisonous gases. He died, but the French soldiers were all killed or injured, and the citadel held until the siege was lifted.lifted.
* Despite the knowledge that she was about to be subjected to a grisly fate of being crushed, in her final moments, Xiang Liujuan, a 30-year-old mother [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-33672037]] managed to push her child away to safety as the escalator panel beneath her collapsed.
9th Jul '17 8:44:05 AM nombretomado
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_Kolbe Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe]] was a Polish Catholic priest who first was a missionary and thus went WalkingTheEarth for years. During WorldWarII, this BadassPreacher was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp for openly speaking out against the Nazi regime through noth a newspaper and a private radio station, and sheltering (among others) 2,000 Jews. He willingly went into the hunger bunker in place of of another prisoner, a Polish woodworker who had a wife and kids; he continued to calmly celebrate Holy Mass in the cell for the other prisoners, and was finally killed by a fatal injection of phenol after all the other prisoners had already died of starvation. He was made a saint on October 10 1982 by Pope John Paul II, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and the man whose life he saved was there.]]

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_Kolbe Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe]] was a Polish Catholic priest who first was a missionary and thus went WalkingTheEarth for years. During WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, this BadassPreacher was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp for openly speaking out against the Nazi regime through noth a newspaper and a private radio station, and sheltering (among others) 2,000 Jews. He willingly went into the hunger bunker in place of of another prisoner, a Polish woodworker who had a wife and kids; he continued to calmly celebrate Holy Mass in the cell for the other prisoners, and was finally killed by a fatal injection of phenol after all the other prisoners had already died of starvation. He was made a saint on October 10 1982 by Pope John Paul II, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and the man whose life he saved was there.]]



* The 9th and 12th Armies of the Wehrmacht during the Battle of Halbe, WorldWarTwo. High turnover during 1944 meant that only the mid-level and senior officers in those armies had actually committed War Crimes against enemy civilians and POW, and so most of the rank-and-file of those armies had actually only killed a small number (if any) of either. Two decimated Armies standing against far superior Soviet forces, these units held the line in the Battle of Halbe to provide a corridor for refugees across the Elbe so they could surrender to the US instead of the Soviets. The Soviets nominally had about 200,000 soldiers arrayed against the roughly 50,000 men of the 9th and 12th Armies, who believed they were keeping the maybe 160,000 civilian refugees from being exterminated (this was not actual policy, though in practice they would almost certainly have been robbed and some may even have been sexually assaulted by some of the Red Army's less-disciplined logistics troops). Specifically, the young General Walther Wencke was said to have eschewed his final orders from (now dead) German high command and instead ordered his men to create a corridor to allow wounded soldiers and civilians to escape. Witnesses said he was nearly the last one to cross the river. In the aftermath, 30 000 German soldiers were dead (and 10,000 civilians), 120,000 soldiers and civilians were captured by the Soviets, and over 30,000 Germans had managed to escape across Elbe with all their valuables to start a new life in The West. Walther Wencke was later taken prisoner and released in 1947 and ultimately died in a car crash in 1987.

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* The 9th and 12th Armies of the Wehrmacht during the Battle of Halbe, WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. High turnover during 1944 meant that only the mid-level and senior officers in those armies had actually committed War Crimes against enemy civilians and POW, and so most of the rank-and-file of those armies had actually only killed a small number (if any) of either. Two decimated Armies standing against far superior Soviet forces, these units held the line in the Battle of Halbe to provide a corridor for refugees across the Elbe so they could surrender to the US instead of the Soviets. The Soviets nominally had about 200,000 soldiers arrayed against the roughly 50,000 men of the 9th and 12th Armies, who believed they were keeping the maybe 160,000 civilian refugees from being exterminated (this was not actual policy, though in practice they would almost certainly have been robbed and some may even have been sexually assaulted by some of the Red Army's less-disciplined logistics troops). Specifically, the young General Walther Wencke was said to have eschewed his final orders from (now dead) German high command and instead ordered his men to create a corridor to allow wounded soldiers and civilians to escape. Witnesses said he was nearly the last one to cross the river. In the aftermath, 30 000 German soldiers were dead (and 10,000 civilians), 120,000 soldiers and civilians were captured by the Soviets, and over 30,000 Germans had managed to escape across Elbe with all their valuables to start a new life in The West. Walther Wencke was later taken prisoner and released in 1947 and ultimately died in a car crash in 1987.
8th Jul '17 9:30:04 AM nombretomado
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* The destroyers and planes of US task force "Taffy 3" in the Battle off Samar definitely count. With the main bulk of Admiral Halsey's fleet off chasing a Japanese decoy fleet, the only things left to protect the six escort carriers of Taffy 3 were three destroyers and four destroyer escorts. As luck would have it, a Japanese center force consisting of ''4 battleships, eight cruisers, and '''eleven''' destroyers'' stumbled across the small group. To protect the vital escort carriers from the Japanese guns, the destroyers and destroyer escorts literally positioned themselves between the carriers and the Japanese, and closed in to point blank range of the massive ships to release torpedoes and rake their sides with cannon fire, since their smaller guns were ineffective for firing at range due to the Japanese armor thickness. In the air, the carriers' planes took off to attack the ships with everything they had, which included, according to TheOtherWiki, strafing, bombing, rocketing, depth-charging, and at least one pilot ''drawing his revolver firing at the ship'' when he ran out of ammunition. Despite being severely outnumbered and outgunned, and losing two of their three destroyers along with two escort carriers, Taffy 3 fought with such ferocity that the Japanese fleet was forced to disengage, but not before one of the Japanese captains [[WorthyOpponent saluted]] the American sailors for their bravery.

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* The destroyers and planes of US task force "Taffy 3" in the Battle off Samar definitely count. With the main bulk of Admiral Halsey's fleet off chasing a Japanese decoy fleet, the only things left to protect the six escort carriers of Taffy 3 were three destroyers and four destroyer escorts. As luck would have it, a Japanese center force consisting of ''4 battleships, eight cruisers, and '''eleven''' destroyers'' stumbled across the small group. To protect the vital escort carriers from the Japanese guns, the destroyers and destroyer escorts literally positioned themselves between the carriers and the Japanese, and closed in to point blank range of the massive ships to release torpedoes and rake their sides with cannon fire, since their smaller guns were ineffective for firing at range due to the Japanese armor thickness. In the air, the carriers' planes took off to attack the ships with everything they had, which included, according to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, strafing, bombing, rocketing, depth-charging, and at least one pilot ''drawing his revolver firing at the ship'' when he ran out of ammunition. Despite being severely outnumbered and outgunned, and losing two of their three destroyers along with two escort carriers, Taffy 3 fought with such ferocity that the Japanese fleet was forced to disengage, but not before one of the Japanese captains [[WorthyOpponent saluted]] the American sailors for their bravery.
16th May '17 12:52:15 PM OsaruSensei
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tQ4pHfcNm8]] Sabaton even wrote a song about it.

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* ** Sabaton even wrote [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tQ4pHfcNm8]] Sabaton even wrote com/watch?v=_uk2NeKBG5A a song song]] about it.
15th May '17 7:30:33 AM Jake18
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* [[BadassBookworm Prof. Liviu Librescu.]] During the Virginia Tech massacre, [[YouShallNotPass he held the door of his classroom shut]], allowing most of his students escape. [[MadeOfIron He was shot through the door five times]] before finally succumbing to a shot to the head.

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* [[BadassBookworm Prof. Liviu Librescu.]] During the Virginia Tech massacre, [[YouShallNotPass he held the door of his classroom shut]], allowing most of his students to escape. [[MadeOfIron He was shot through the door five times]] before finally succumbing to a shot to the head.
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