10 Amazing Courageous People In History

Added by Fran on Oct 5, 2015
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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When researching this list, I wanted to find stories that convey the inherent altruistic nature we're all capable of, but don't often hear about. Those unsung heroes that risked everything for a greater good and, for a moment, transcended their own immortality to make the right decision where most others would have hesitated.

Some heroes affect one life, while others can change the course of history. Today we'll be looking at 10 courageous people in history and their amazing acts of heroism.


Lenny Skutnik and Arland D. Williams, Jr. save five seriously injured passengers of Air Florida

It’s rare that anyone walks away from the crash of an airplane, especially when it crashes and breaks up in the freezing Potomac. When Air Florida Flight 90 went down in 1982, only six people from the plane survived the initial impact. If it wasn’t for the actions of two men, this likely would have been even worse.

Four of the impact survivors survived due to Arland Williams Jr., the most able-bodied of the survivors who passed the lifeline from the rescue helicopter to the other, more severely injured passengers and crew. After the fourth was rescued, the tail section of the airplane sank into the water, taking Williams with it. A fifth passenger, Priscilla Tirado, lost her grip on the rescue line and fell back in to the water. A bystander, Lenny Skutnik, stripped off his coat and boots and dove into the freezing water, tying the rope around Tirado to pull her to safety. Without the actions of these men, it is possible that Williams would have been the sole survivor of the crash. He gave up his life, and Skutnik risked his, to help save the five survivors.


Bishnu Shrestha, Nepali Gorkha soldier, fends off 40 train robbers with a knife

The bravery of Gurkha soldiers in battle is well documented. Incredibly skilled fighters with a clinical method of attack and brutal tactics that sometimes even disturb the rest of the British Army they are part of. This bravery does not stop on the battlefield or when they retire, as a group of train robbers and would-be rapist found out.

On September 2, 2010, a group of over 30 armed robbers attacked the Maurya Express, and everything went according to plan for them, until they decided to try and add rape to the list of offenses. At this point, Bishnu Shrestha, a retired Nepali Gurkha soldier, had had enough and proceed to draw his kukri fighting knife and fight back. While the robbers were armed with guns, knives, clubs, and swords, and were well organized, Shrestha did not care. He attacked ferociously, working his way through the train cars. By the end of the attack, he had killed three of the bandits, and seriously wounded another eight, before being subdued by the robbers as they tried to escape from the train.

Shrestha suffered a serious injury to his hand, but recovered. For his bravery, he was temporarily reinstated to his unit for the purpose of being promoted and honored with medals, as well as a cash bonus and discounted travel tickets from the Indian Government. Best of all, when the family of the girl who was the target of the attempted rape tried to give him a reward, he turned it down.

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