There are hundreds of thousands of warriors throughout history whose names will never be known beyond a small circle of family, friends, and comrades in arms. There are those fighting for America today whose stories will not be told soon due to security precautions. We want you to know that you too are respected by those who frequent this site. Some day your stories too will be published. In Heaven if not on this earth. The warriors whose stories are published here are a sign to the world that you also are not forgotten.
Leo Major , Private, Le Régiment de la Chaudière, Canadian Army:
He has been called “The Quebec Rambo”, but one of his chroniclers declared, “Compared to him, Rambo was nothing!” When you watch the video below, you’ll find that easy to believe.
This time I actually recommend one of these animated, cartoon-style videos over the more realistic sources I can find, because it documents more of this soldier’s actions than any other single source I have found, although all of it is verified independently. It’s an incredible story. You owe it to yourself, and to Leo Major, to watch this 11-minute video:
“The One-Eyed Scout who Liberated a Whole Town by Himself”:
Zwolle, Holland, was occupied by Germans and was scheduled for an artillery bombardment by Allied forces, even though the civilian population was still there. This is what drove Leo Major to superhuman efforts: if he could liberate the town, there would be no artillery barrage laying waste to people and the beautiful town. He succeeded brilliantly, achieving legendary status in the process.
From a 2:21 video by the London Free Press:
“Every year they have a remembrance for him on April 14th…” spoken by a resident of Zwolle.”
Believe it or not, Leo’s actions in North Korea dwarf his single-handed liberation of Zwolle.
Canada’s Distinguished Conduct medal is that nation’s second-highest honor. Private Leo Major won it twice, and also was awarded a bar to the second one. He is the only Canadian soldier to have won the DCM in two wars.
Following from the Canadian Encyclopedia
From DCM citation relating to actions in Holland:
“The gallant conduct of this soldier, his personal initiative, his dauntless courage and entire disregard for personal safety, was an inspiration to all.”
From DCM citation relating to actions in North Korea:
“Against a force, superior in number, Corporal Major simply refused to give ground. His personal courage and leadership were beyond praise. Filling an appointment far above his rank, he received the full confidence of his men, so inspired by his personal bravery, his coolness and leadership.”
“A documentary film titled Léo Major: Le fantôme borgne (The One-Eyed Ghost’) was released in 2019.” Movie teaser (2:00) with English subtitles:
It looks very interesting, but I can’t find it for sale. probably because it’s a Canadian production in the French language. You can rent it on Amazon.
He may not be well known generally, but he was the face on one of the stamps Canada released to celebrate V-E Day. And he’s in the Encyclopedia Britannica as well as the Canadian Encyclopedia.
Bravo, Private Stein! God give you peace, sir.
Tony Stein, US Marine Corps Reserve:
In North Korea, the Chinese Communists called US Marines “the crazy yellowlegs”, and avoided engaging them if possible. (The Marines were wearing yellow leggings at the time.) Adm. Chester W. Nimitz said of the battle for Iwo Jima, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.” It seems that craziness and valor are sometimes indistinguishable from each other, LOL!
On 19 February 1945, Corporal Stein went ashore on Iwo Jima, the battle that elicited Admiral Nimitz’s remark. Iwo Jima cost the Marines 7,000 casualties. It remains the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history. Corporal Stein distinguished himself beyond measure in that battle.
Using a machine gun that he and other Marines had manufactured themselves…
… to fill a gap in Marine Corps weaponry, Stein, the first man of his unit to be “on station”, provided covering fire for his unit. Whenever they were pinned down by a Japanese machine gun nest, Stein stood upright to see where the machine gun was. He drew its fire, charged the pillbox and killed the Japanese soldiers. He killed 20 enemy soldiers in this way.
The improvised machine gun he was using fired at a rate of 1350 shots per minute, almost twice that of the famous Thompson submachinegun. His ammo ran out quickly, so he took off his boots for the sake of speed and ran back to the beachhead for more ammo. He made this trip eight times, each time carrying back or assisting a wounded Marine on the way to the beach.
Iwo Jima was a bloodbath. A slaughterhouse. To stand up on that beachhead, with dug-in and sighted-in Japanese machine guns sweeping it constantly, was spitting in the eye of Death. Corporal Stein’s weapon was shot from his hands twice.
In part, and only in part, his citation for the Medal of Honor citation reads, “Stouthearted and indomitable, Cpl. Stein, by his aggressive initiative sound judgment, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of terrific odds, contributed materially to the fulfillment of his mission, and his outstanding valor throughout the bitter hours of conflict sustains and enhances the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.”
I recommend reading the entire citation. Incredible warrior. Incredible man and American. Sir, may God grant you peace.
Death eventually won, but he must have wondered if he was going to. It took from February 19th until March 1st for Death to take Corporal Stein. Corporal Tony Stein’s widow received his Medal of Honor. They had been married only one year.
May God guard our warriors and bring them safely home. You have a dangerous and frightening road to walk, warriors, “… but as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1st Corinthians 2:9)
After all you’ve endured here, don’t miss out on that home. Jesus is the way.
Have a blessed RED Friday