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Real Life Warriors

When we see warriors in the movies, they’re depicted as tough, fierce fighters. There may be a purpose behind their cause, but the movies usually puts emphasis on the fight rather than the cause.

Fierce fighters are only one type of warrior as warriors can take many forms. Not only do we have traditional warriors, but there are also warriors on crime, illness, and civil rights.

Below are some traditional and nontraditional warriors from our history and present day.

Crazy Horse

Also known as Tashunca-uitco. Crazy horse is the best known and most fierce warrior of the Lakota people.

He was well known in battle and for the love of his people and their traditions.

He was a fierce fighter who resisted attempts to be moved off of his land by the white man and played a key part in the defeat of William Fetterman’s brigade at Fort Phil Kearny in 1867.

Geronimo (1829-1909)

Geronimo, born with the name Goyathlay (one who yawns), was a fierce Apache warrior and was given the name Geronimo by the Mexican soldiers due to his spirit and daringness.

He was famous among the Apache tribe because it was said that he was the last to fall.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Of course, when anyone thinks of civil rights they think of Dr. King due to his efforts toward equality among races in the United States.

King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and 1956, gave his “I Have a Dream” speech during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and also became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Though King stood for non-violence, he is still considered a warrior for bringing blatant awareness to unfair discrimination in the United States and for fighting for justice.

King was assassinated in 1968, but in 1977 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was also awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

What’s more? He will most likely always be known as the most famous of all of the Civil Rights leaders.

Sir Alexander Fleming (August 6, 1881 – March 11, 1955)

Fleming is best known for the discovery of penicillin. He discovered that the mold-like substance was destroying bacteria around it.

Before that, Fleming also discovered a substance called enzyme lysozyme, which kills germs that may cause certain diseases. Among his accomplishments, Alexander Fleming received 25 honorary degrees, 26 metals, and 18 prizes.

He was knighted in 1944 and received the Nobel Peace Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945.

Trooper Blake Wilson

Corporal Wilson, a 29-year veteran not only won the 2007 Trooper of the Year Award in Arkansas, but he also won the National Trooper of the Year Award in 2008.

This award is in to response of his actions of an incident that happened on October 31, 2007 when a man was holding his wife and 4-year old daughter hostage.

Wilson negotiated with the man for 10 hours before the man began to become fatigued. Wilson found an opportune moment and was able to disarm the man and take him into custody.

Corporal Blake Wilson is a terrific example of a warrior on crime.

John Walsh

John E. Walsh, born on December 26, 1945 is a well-known crime activist. He was motivated by his son’s murder in the summer of 1981.

Due to his dedication, he aided in the passing of the Missing Children Act of 1982 and the Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 1984. He also helped raise awareness about missing children and started campaigned of notifications of missing children such as posting the children’s information on milk cartons.

He’s also very well known for hosting the show America’s Most Wanted where criminals’ profiles are broadcast each week in hopes that they would be captured. As for the success of the show, well let’s just say it’s unbelievable. On May 2, 2008, the show announced their 1,000th fugitive capture.

Walsh is the essence of a crime warrior as we as a society have all benefited from his fight on crime.

Navy Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy (May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005)

Michael Murphy was from Long Island, New York and was a Navy SEAL. He died in the line of duty on a rescue mission in Kunar Province in Afghanistan.

He has been recognized for his fight on terrorism with a Medal of Honor that was presented to his parents on October 22, 2007 at the White House.

Master at Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor (April 5, 2001 – September 29, 2006)

Michael Monsoor was also a U.S. Navy Seal and from Garden Grove, California. He died in action while saving the lives of other soldiers as his life was sacrificed on a rooftop in Iraq as he was killed by a grenade.

His parents accepted his Medal of Honor on Aril 8, 2008 at the White House.

Corporal Jason L. Dunham (November 10, 1981 – April 22, 2004)

Jason was from Scio, New York and was a member of the United Stated Marine Corps. On April 14, 2004, while searching seven Iraqis for weapons noticed a live grenade, covered it with his helmet, and jumped on top of it to take the blast and save his fellow soldiers.

On April 22nd, he died from his severe wounds and on January 11, 2007 his parents received their Jason’s Medal of Honor at the White House.

As you can see from this list of amazing men, warriors can be fighters in a traditional sense or in a not so traditional way. One thing they all have in common is that they all fought (or are fighting) for a cause and these are some of our best warriors in history.

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