Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 41 years, 2,189 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- FROM TIME: Missouri Executes Man for 15-Year-Old Girl's 1989 Killing
- The Best Photos from the Week of August 24- August 30, 2015
- Train Hero Anthony Sadler Tells Jimmy Fallon How He and His Friends Disarmed Gunman
- Michael Shannon Fooled the Internet Into Thinking He'd Have Flipper Hands in Batman v Superman
- Christina Applegate Stars in Meryl Streep: The Lifetime Biopic (Video)
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- October 13, 2008
- Vol. 70
- No. 15
They Risked Their Lives in World War II, but the Vets Who Inspired Spike Lee's New Movie Battled Another Enemy: Racism
The Real Story
During World War II, the U.S. Army's 92nd Infantry Division bravely fought the Nazis—but their battles on the home front were just as courageous. The division—nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers—was an all-black combat unit in a military that had barred African-Americans from fighting. Despite being treated like second-class citizens, the men of the 92nd fought hard. "We knew if we did our job well, it could change things for black people back home," says Norris Bucksell, 87, who served as a private.
That grit inspired Spike Lee's movie Miracle at St. Anna, which dramatizes an actual battle to save Italian peasants from the Nazis. "It's much harder to fight for a country [that] doesn't see you as a human being," says Lee. "These men are patriots." And civil rights pioneers: Soldiers in the 92nd were turned away from segregated officers' clubs and couldn't buy meals at restaurants where enemy POWs dined. But they served with distinction—pinning the German army down in Italy while Allied forces prepped for the Normandy invasion. (In 1997 two Buffalo Soldiers were belatedly given the Medal of Honor.) Six decades later the roughly 300 surviving vets are proud of their service. "You can't be bitter," says Bucksell. "People know we did a good job."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!