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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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"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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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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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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The award for valor is being bestowed on Francis Gary Powers for exhibiting "exceptional loyalty" during harsh interrogation while in captivity by the Soviet Union for nearly two years, the Air Force said.

My ulterior motive meter just blipped.

44 posted on 06/09/2012 4:13:29 PM PDT by Yardstick
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Good deal.


49 posted on 06/09/2012 4:39:12 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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We learned a hellovalot by his being traded back to us. Anyone claiming he should have offed himself knows nothing of intelligence or spying.


51 posted on 06/09/2012 5:07:52 PM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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