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Our Veterans' Legacies

We are a non-political site that is dedicated to preserving and sharing the individual legacy of each veteran and their story. We encourage you to join our project and to share your history. It's easy and it's free! If you are a history enthusiast we encourage you to use our search tool to find what you are looking for.


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THE MIGHTY ENDEAVOR

Saving the History of Those Who Saved the World


The Mighty Endeavor is an initiative of Veterans’ Legacies, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to provide an online resource for students, educators and the general public. Veterans' Legacies is dedicated to the collection of veterans’ stories in order to preserve and share them for generations to come. The Mighty Endeavor is a collaborative effort to collect, preserve, and share the stories of those who served during World War II. The project will call upon individuals and groups to interview, research, and gather details of the men and women of the Greatest Generation.

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It is estimated that we are losing more than 350 WWII veterans every day, and in just a few years, the oldest living veterans will have passed.

With the number of WWII veterans fast diminishing, Veterans’ Legacies has launched “The Mighty Endeavor” to collect stories of these veterans before they are all gone. In the case of our WWII history, the biographies, images and video clips are gathered from relatives or closed friends of veterans who have passed.

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Veterans’ Legacies is a place to share, explore, and learn about the men and women who have served selflessly to support our military and our American way of life. Here, we honor and celebrate their legacies and give voice to past and current generations of Americans so that future generations can learn and reflect.

I encourage you to add your story, or the story of a veteran you know. Explore this database full of rich history, stories of valor, victory, and heartbreak. Join me in honoring those who have served, continue to serve, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Alvarado was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously by President Barack Obama on March 18, 2014. Alvarado's daughter Lenora accepted the Medal of Honor on his behalf in a White House ceremony.

Alvarado's award came through a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to ensure that no prejudice was shown to those deserving the Medal of Honor.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Specialist Four Leonard L. Alvarado distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifleman with Company D, 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) during combat operations against an armed enemy in Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam on August 12, 1969. On that day, as Specialist Four Alvarado and a small reaction force moved through dense jungle en route to a beleaguered friendly platoon, Specialist Four Alvarado detected enemy movement and opened fire. Despite his quick reaction, Specialist Four Alvarado and his comrades were soon pinned down by the hostile force that blocked the path to the trapped platoon. Specialist Four Alvarado quickly moved forward through the hostile machinegun fire in order to engage the enemy troops. Suddenly, an enemy grenade exploded nearby, wounding and momentarily stunning him. Retaliating immediately, he killed the grenadier just as another enemy barrage wounded him again. Specialist Four Alvarado crawled forward through the fusillade to pull several comrades back within the hastily-formed perimeter. Realizing his element needed to break away from the hostile force, Specialist Four Alvarado began maneuvering forward alone. Though repeatedly thrown to the ground by exploding satchel charges, he continued advancing and firing, silencing several emplacements, including one enemy machinegun position. From his dangerous forward position, he persistently laid suppressive fire on the hostile forces, and after the enemy troops had broken contact, his comrades discovered that he had succumbed to his wounds. Specialist Four Alvarado’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

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