Some soldiers from the Second World War:
Pfc Robert Fleischer was awarded the Bronze Star for laying a mine under enemy fire at Wurzburg.
Cpl. Helen Harder, flight instructor specializing in training in instrument flying.
Sgt. Jaquelin Beyer, army intelligence, involved in developing photo processes to help break Japanese code.
Second Lt. Robert Ricks, 8th Air Force navigator whose plane was shot down near Potenza, Italy in 1943. This photograph was recovered from German documents captured at Dachau.
What do all of these soldiers have in common? They were all gay.
From Alan Berube's Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two