Mikhail Ekshtut

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force Mikhail Ekshtut was born in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1976, when he was 5, his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Seattle. He grew up mostly nonobservant, but maintained some connection to Judaism during the summers when he would attend a Chabad day camp. As a child, I always wanted to serve my […]

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Joe Kashnow

Specialist, U.S. Army SPC Kashnow, raised in Baltimore, is a fourth generation American whose grandfather fought in World War II and whose father volunteered for the Vietnam War. His dream, ever since he was a young child was to join the military.  In February of 2002 Joe Kashnow went to Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Knox, […]

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John L. Levitow

Sergeant, U.S. Air Force from Sgt. Levitow’s Medal of Honor citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty.  Sergeant John L. Levitow (then Airman First Class), U.S. Air Force, distinguished himself by exceptional heroism on 24 February, 1969, while assigned as a loadmaster aboard a AC-47 […]

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