Roy Parker, a longtime mill operator in Selma, Ore., had a hard time collecting an inheritance because the army believed he had died when his troop ship blew up and killed everyone aboard at the start of World War I.  Parker was listed among the dead even though he had arrived too late to board the ship.

National Archives of The Netherlands

Women went to war with the rest of the world in World War II.  Not generally on the front lines, but on the home front, working in factories and taking on tasks men had done until they went off to battle. 

And those tasks include analyzing enemy messages, and breaking codes. 

10,000 women served as codebreakers in the war, a story told in Liza Mundy's book Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.  

"A Higher Call" In The Sky

Jun 5, 2014
Penguin Books

Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler shared a skill: they were both pilots trained in warfare. 

World War II made them enemies, and an incident in December 1943 brought them physically close. 

Stigler had the upper hand, and could have shot Brown's plane out of the sky. 

Simon and Schuster

Anybody who had not heard of "Schindler's List" got to know the story through the Steven Spielberg film of the same name.

Oskar Schindler saved more than 1200 Jews from Nazi death camps by putting them to work in his factory.