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439: Doris Bohrer

Allied Spy during World War II

Born: 5 February 1923, Basin, Wyoming, United States of America

Died: 9 August 2016, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

Doris worked in helping plan the invasion of Sicily and also tracking movements of concentration camp victims.

Doris reportedly asked for a hand grenade and was denied one during the war, despite another woman (from Yugoslavia) being given one to carry. So, Doris had a fake fashioned instead, which she pulled out during lunch one day. One of the guys said he would take it from her before she could hurt herself, so Doris slammed it against the table and watched as the men all fled out the windows; then she finished her salad and that was that.

She would go on to become Deputy Head of Counterintelligence of the CIA. Doris’s husband worked as the director of the CIA’s office of Medical Services. They had one son together. In all, Doris spent twenty-seven years working in the intelligence field. After retiring from the CIA, she worked in real estate.

Doris spent her twilight years in the same retirement home as another female OSS agent during the war, Elizabeth McIntosh, and they became friends despite not knowing one another during the war. Elizabeth worked in China as a propaganda campaign creator while Doris focused on the European theatre.

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107) Matthew Shepard

He is remembered today as being an icon of the LGBT community who was murdered for being openly gay

Born: 1 December 1976, Casper, Wyoming, United States of America

Died: 12 October 1998, Fort Collins, Colorado, United States of America

The men who robbed and killed him pistol whipped him somewhere between 19 and 21 times. They left him alone and tied up in the middle of nowhere.

Matt was left there and hopefully remained unconscious for the eighteen hours until a passing motorcyclist found him.

He would die four days later in hospital.

The two men who attacked him received two consecutive life sentences each.

In 2009, President Obama signed Matthew’s Law which mandates federal hate crime statutes.

A groundbreaking documentary titled Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine was released in 2015. I've linked the trailer here in this article.

Twenty years after his death his ashes were laid to rest in the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

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