Captain America is an American icon. He’s punched out Hitler and led our boys to victory an uncountable amount of times. Unfortunately, Cap’s not real, but the bad guys are. Whatever your take on the current political climate and our war all the time mentality, you have to give thanks to the men and women fighting for us overseas. This list is dedicated to the soldiers who dig into their own personal Captain America and defend old glory the best they can. Usually their best involves some rocket launcher and at least one exploding vehicle.
The soldiers on this list weren’t injected with a super serum, and they weren’t aided by a shadowy government agency run by a guy with a very fashionable eye patch. The only things they had to help them were their natural abilities, instincts, and we’re guessing a whole lot of anger. Throughout this list you’ll see a reoccurring theme: one man standing up against many to fight for something that he believes in. If that’s the description of every Captain America storyline, we don’t know what is. From soldiers who took down an entire platoon with just a shovel, to a Navy SEAL who almost froze to death to save a comrade who was stuck behind enemy lines, this list of real life Captain Americas will inspire you to give thanks to our forces serving overseas.Vote on which soldier you think is most likely Captain America’s real life avatar, and leave us a comment about which one you think looks best with a vibranium shield.
- Audie Murphy was a dude with some serious anger issues, thank Jebus there was a war on. First, in 1944, he and a friend were blindsided by a German machine gun crew and he killed literally everyone in the crew after they shot his friend. Then, at the battle of Colmar Pocket, he took to an M-10 tank that was on fire to defend a trench with a .50 caliber machine gun. He was quickly awarded ALL the medals.1,28428Is this incredible?
Henry Lincoln JohnsonOn the night of May 14, 1918, Johnson and fellow soldier were on the midnight to 4 a.m. patrol on the front lines when they were bombarded by a German raiding party. When his friend was wounded by the raiding party, and his gun jammed, he fended off the Jerries with his bolo knife for nearly an hour before reinforcements arrived - earning him the name "The Black Death."1,14826Is this incredible?
Jay Zeamer, Jr.Photo: Air Force / Air Force Historical Support DivisionJay Zeamer was the pilot for the crew of the Old 666, a B-17 that was loaded to the teeth with machine guns. On a recon mission over Japan, the 666 encountered 17 Japanese fighter planes and what ensued was a 45 minute dog fight that would make George Lucas foam at the mouth. Zeamer ended up taking shrapnel through his arms, legs, and wrists (all of the things he needed for flying) before flying the 666 another 600 miles and landing it safely.81516Is this incredible?
- After rising to the rank of Captain as an Army dentist, Salomon was sent to Saipan in the Pacific Theater, where he served as an impromptu regimental surgeon to the troops. While treating the wounded, his camp was invaded by Japanese troops. Salomon shot two of the soldiers outright, kicked a knife out of another's hands, and headbutted the last into submission. He then ordered all of the wounded out of the tent and covered them with suppressive fire from a machine gun that he found. His body was found the next day surrounded by 100 Japanese troops!!!1,15364Is this incredible?