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Last Living Medal of Honor Recipient from D-Day Dies Mark Levin Pays Tribute (Audio)
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Posted on 02/23/2014 8:52:49 PM PST by AuditTheFed

Today's TopClip features a remarkable tribute for a legendary man.

Radio legend Mark Levin remembered the life and heroism of Walter Ehlers, the last living Medal of Honor recipient from D-Day in WWII, who died late last week at the age of 92.

Rest in peace, Staff Sergeant Ehlers. - TRN

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TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: hero; marklevin; medal; walterehlers; wwii
Great tribute from Mark Levin for a man my father served with on D-Day, Walter Ehlers. One of the truly greatest. Rest in peace.
1 posted on 02/23/2014 8:52:50 PM PST by AuditTheFed
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To: AuditTheFed

I think he received a battlefield commission by the looks of the crossed rifles on his uniform.


2 posted on 02/23/2014 9:18:16 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: AuditTheFed

Did anyone catch the total KIAs attributed to Staff Sgt. Ehlers?


3 posted on 02/23/2014 9:25:16 PM PST by montag813
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To: AuditTheFed

Prayers up... RIP


4 posted on 02/23/2014 9:37:20 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: montag813

Ehlers killed dozens of enemy soldiers and I think captured at least two alive.

More importantly, he took out many extremely dangerous enemy machine gun and mortar positions, thus saving many American lives.

He was just a brave and effective as Audie Murphy was. Glad his story got the national airing it deserved.


5 posted on 02/23/2014 9:39:00 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE
Psst ... those are crossed muskets, the insignia of the Infantry in the Unisted States Army.

FYI - shown also is the CIB (Combat Infantry Badge), placed at the top of the "ribbons."

6 posted on 02/24/2014 12:14:17 AM PST by jamaksin
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To: jamaksin

Only Officers wear those crossed muskets under the U.S. insignia on their lapels. Enlisted personnel wear brass discs with the branch of service embossed on them.


7 posted on 02/24/2014 12:38:03 AM PST by DMZFrank
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To: DMZFrank

And the one on the enlisted right side lapel says U.S. and the LEFT side has the branch or arm of service. (MP, engineer, armor, artillery, etc.)


8 posted on 02/24/2014 12:40:35 AM PST by DMZFrank
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To: AuditTheFed

God Bless you Sergeant. Thank you for my freedom.


9 posted on 02/24/2014 3:24:09 AM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: jamaksin

You are right.My point was about his rank at the time the picture was taken.


10 posted on 02/24/2014 4:23:36 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: AuditTheFed

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.

RIP Soldier.


11 posted on 02/24/2014 4:43:49 AM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE
Thank you very much for your reply.

I do not intend such a scuffle to result.

Thank you again.

12 posted on 02/25/2014 1:44:05 AM PST by jamaksin
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To: jamaksin

No sweat.


13 posted on 02/25/2014 5:25:21 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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