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Cold War pilot Francis Gary Powers to get Silver Star
CNN ^ | June 9 2012 | Staff

Posted on 06/09/2012 11:02:47 AM PDT by moonshot925

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1 posted on 06/09/2012 11:02:56 AM PDT by moonshot925
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Nice they’re finally getting around to awarding him the Silver Star, but it’s too bad they didn’t do it while he was still alive.


2 posted on 06/09/2012 11:08:48 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Why did it take so long?


3 posted on 06/09/2012 11:23:26 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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Obama is looking for another quasi-military to cash in on. Don’t you know that he personally approved Gary’s flight? /s


4 posted on 06/09/2012 11:25:28 AM PDT by Gaffer
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Political stunt. Not respect.


5 posted on 06/09/2012 11:29:13 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: Fast Moving Angel

He should have swallowed his capsule before being captured.

That was a big stink back then. He shouldn’t have been captured. We paid a huge price to get him back. We had just captured the biggest Soviet agent in the USA and had to trade him for FGP.


6 posted on 06/09/2012 11:34:05 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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Don’t you know that he personally approved Gary’s flight? /s

And led the efforts to get Gary Powers back to the USA.

He also was part of the design team for the U2 and made khrushchev very angry with his obstinate proAmerican rhetoric./s

7 posted on 06/09/2012 11:35:55 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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Don’t you know that he personally approved Gary’s flight? /s

And led the efforts to get Gary Powers back to the USA.

He also was part of the design team for the U2 and made khrushchev very angry with his obstinate proAmerican rhetoric./s

8 posted on 06/09/2012 11:36:14 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: glyptol
I bet 0 really wants to say this:

"The day my glorious comrades in the Soviet Union took down Gary Powers was a proud day for Marxists everywhere. But the only way I can acknowledge this day is to give out this stupid capitalist medal to a now dead puppet of capitalism."

9 posted on 06/09/2012 11:37:33 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: moonshot925

"Today we honor Francis Gary Powers for the bravery and courage he demonstrated on my behalf..."


10 posted on 06/09/2012 11:38:11 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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Why didn’t the Zero use his super powers to stop Power’s chopper from crashing huh? Power’s was white that’s why.


11 posted on 06/09/2012 11:39:59 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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THE DAY WE SHOT DOWN THE U-2
by Sergei Khrushchev

Powers's flight took place May 1, a big day in the Evil Empire (parade in Red Square and all that). It turns out, in the holiday confusion, the Rooskies shot down one of their own before they got Powers:

The marshal was debating whether to go home to change his clothes or go straight to Red Square when another call came from Sverdlovsk on the special phone. The general haltingly reported that the second parachutist had been found and that unfortunately he was one of ours, Senior Lieutenant Safronov.

“What do you mean, one of ours?” The marshal barely kept from shouting. “How many planes did you shoot down? Can’t you tell the difference between ours and theirs?”

“His transponder wasn’t working,” lied the general. That lie was repeated many times later, until Igor Mentyukov cleared up the matter: The transponders were operating, but on the code for April, not May. In the preholiday flurry of activities, service personnel had not yet changed it. So not surprisingly, the radars perceived friendly as foe.

“How many missiles did you fire?” asked Biryuzov, gradually calming down.

“One, three, and then two more.” The general in Sverdlovsk began counting. “Fourteen in all,” he said, sounding depressed.

“And which one brought down the plane?”

“The first.”


12 posted on 06/09/2012 11:42:02 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

He should have activated The U-2’s self-destruct charge, destroyed the camera, photographic film, and all related classified parts.

Then he should have swallowed the “lethal pill”.


13 posted on 06/09/2012 11:42:07 AM PDT by moonshot925
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I guess he panicked. The zero can appreciate that.


14 posted on 06/09/2012 11:47:49 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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Why didn’t the Zero use his super powers to stop Power’s chopper from crashing huh? Power’s was white that’s why.

0bama is the one who fixed his fuel gauge...

15 posted on 06/09/2012 11:48:30 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

All that trouble we went through to protect us from communism and we end up with Obama as president, and several more commies in the senate and house. Not a shot fired, not a missle launched. Sigh.


16 posted on 06/09/2012 11:49:35 AM PDT by HerrBlucher
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Obama has been doing a whole bunch of these "pro-military" moves lately to A) try to win votes and B) present himself as the national defense candidate vs. Romney who he will paint as having no experience.

This is why he is leaking nat'l security info (to show what he's doing behind the scenes...approving drone kills, heading up the Iran cyberterror program, etc.) and why we see stories like the possibility of opening up the Philippines again for the US military.

Don't be fooled.

17 posted on 06/09/2012 11:55:34 AM PDT by what's up
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
He should have swallowed his capsule before being captured.

That never made sense to me. The only time it does, IMO, is in the middle of a shooting war. Trading the Soviet spy for Powers was more than worthwhile, given the risks Powers took for Uncle Sam every time he zipped up his flight suit and the working-over he absorbed at the hands of his Soviet interrogators.

18 posted on 06/09/2012 11:56:26 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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Eisenhower had ordered the U-2 flights stopped, to avoid any incident which might imperil his impending trip to the USSR (where he would address the Russian people directly in a speech, among other things).

But the CIA went ahead with the flights anyway.

(Hey, since when did a President have control over the CIA?)

There are even suspicions that the plane was set-up, in order to scuttle the Ike trip.


19 posted on 06/09/2012 12:09:00 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: HerrBlucher

Thomas Jefferson warned Us to “BWARE the Enemy within Our Gates, they are TEN Times more Dangerous than Those Outside the Gate!! How Right He Was and Still IS!!


20 posted on 06/09/2012 12:13:59 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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