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  • Documents show ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle embellished record

    05/25/2016 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 72 replies
    QFox13 ^ | 5/24/16
    Documents show that slain Navy Seal and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle misrepresented the number of medals he received. Navy documents obtained by an online magazine through an open records request show that Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with valor. In his best-selling book, Kyle wrote that he had received two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. A Navy spokeswoman confirmed the validity of the documents and says the armed services branch is investigating the discrepancy. The Intercept first reported the discrepancy and posted the documents. Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, didn’t immediately return a phone call...
  • Marine Allegedly Assaulted At McDonald's, As Gang Yelled 'Do You Believe Black Lives Matter?'

    02/16/2016 5:49:02 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 137 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 02/15/2016 | Steve Birr
    Marine Allegedly Assaulted Mid-Burger At McDonald's, As Gang Yelled 'Do You Believe Black Lives Matter?' Steve Birr 02/15/2016 A former Marine became the target of an alleged assault in a McDonald's Friday night, as a crowd of youths cornered him and demanded he answer the question, "do you believe black lives matter?" Before knocking him unconscious and robbing him. Christopher Marquez, a veteran of Iraq and recipient of the Bronze Star for valor, said he was dining at a McDonald's in northwest D.C. when a group of black teenagers came up to him and allegedly began harassing him about the...
  • Battle joined: Army panel backs WWII vet’s posthumous bid for Medal of Honor

    11/04/2015 2:35:30 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 4, 2015 | Greg Wilson
    The true story of Garlin Murl Conner’s heroism in the face of a Nazi onslaught might have gone to the grave with the soft-spoken Kentucky farmer if not for a chance phone call from another military man trying to piece together the last days of his uncle’s life. ***snip*** The bravery of Conner, who died in 1998 at the age of 79, is well-documented. The first lieutenant, who was wounded seven times, earned an incredible four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his World War II heroism. But it was what he...
  • Calvin Graham: The 12-year-old U.S. sailor at Guadalcanal

    10/26/2015 5:38:53 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 9 replies
    The recent post about the Battle of Guadalcanal by Freeper DuncanWaring reminded me of Calvin Graham's story. Graham lied about his age to enlist, and was aboard the battleship South Dakota during the battle. He was wounded in action, and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Graham was twelve years old at the time!
  • WWII Veteran Receives Bronze Star Earned 70 Years Ago

    08/18/2015 10:36:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/18 | Monica Garske
    Capt. Robert A. Sulit, 89, earned the meritorious medal in 1945 for his service to our nation during World War II Seventy years after earning the Bronze Star Medal, one San Diego-based World War II veteran finally officially received the meritorious medal for his service to our nation. On Monday, 49th District of California Congressman Darrell Issa presented the Bronze Star to 89-year-old WWII vet Captain Robert A. Sulit, a Del Mar resident. Sulit, USNR Retired, earned the prestigious award in May 1945 for his achievement in active ground combat against the enemy while serving in support of allied operations...
  • Paralyzed Marine wit Robotic Exoskeleton Receives Bronze Star with V

    12/03/2014 7:19:07 AM PST · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 12/3/2014 | J Hlad
    When Capt. Derek Herrera was called to stand in the place of honor Friday at his retirement ceremony, he pressed buttons on what appeared to be a wristwatch as a fellow Marine came to his aid. After another push of a button and three short beeps, Herrera rose, legs shaking, and walked deliberately toward his commander. With each step, the exoskeleton he wore emitted a robotic whirring noise, as though it were Iron Man striding through the cordoned off parking lot in digital camouflage. Herrera was paralyzed from the chest down in June 2012, when he was shot in...
  • Warrior Nurse awarded Bronze Star

    06/24/2014 8:52:57 AM PDT · by Warrior Nurse · 91 replies
    6/24/2014 | Self
    Warrior Nurse was awarded the Bronze Star
  • MSNBC: Tasteless Ronan Farrow Compares War Hero's Struggles to Congressional Bickering

    01/31/2014 12:30:07 PM PST · by chessplayer · 20 replies
    What is wrong with the hosts at MSNBC? Ronan Farrow, who will begin anchoring a network program on February 24, made a tasteless joke on Tuesday night, comparing war hero Cory Remsburg's struggles to that of politicians in Congress. Farrow tweeted, "Cory 'struggles on the left side.' Congress relates.'" Farrow has not apologized for the tweet On Wednesday, political reporter Mark Murray, whose wife works in the Obama administration, compared Remsburg's struggle to that of the President: "Obama's ending on Remsburg wasn't just a story about America -- it also was a story about Obama.
  • Chaplain Speaks Out – Did the Media Blow The Story?

    03/16/2013 9:15:32 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 13 replies ^ | 14MAR12 | By Harold Hutchison
    A chaplain who was awarded the Bronze Star has spoken out about the tour – and what appears to have been misleading media coverage. In an interview with, Lt. Col. Jon Trainer, USAF, discussed the award and the PowerPoint presentation that has generated controversy. The presentation, which was titled, “Proper Handling and Disposal of Islamic Religious Material,” was written in the wake of the accidental burning of defaced Korans by American troops. The resulting riots when the news broke lead to 30 deaths, including two U.S. troops. Initial coverage of the medal in conservative media outlets lead former Congressman...
  • A Bronze Star Power Point? Actually, not... (Drive-by Journalism at Its Worst)

    03/14/2013 5:36:40 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    US Patriot Post ^ | March 14, 2013 | Mark Alexander
    "The best and only safe road to honor, glory, and true dignity is justice." -- George Washington (1779) A Bronze Star Power Point? Actually, not ... Drive-by Journalism at Its Worst In keeping with our publishing deadlines, every Tuesday morning I send notice of my topic for Thursday's column to our editorial team. This week, I sent notice that I was writing about "military award inflation," and particularly a story from reputable news sources about an Air Force chaplain, Lt. Col. Jon Trainer, who received a Bronze Star for a PowerPoint. I first read this story under an inflammatory National...
  • Air Force Chaplain Awarded Bronze Star for PowerPoint (Important Update @ 22)

    03/12/2013 6:44:58 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 72 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 11, 2013 11:38 A.M. | Patrick Brennan
    Air Force Chaplain Awarded Bronze Star for PowerPoint Teaching Proper Sensitivity for the Koran An Air Force chaplain has been awarded a Bronze Star for his service in crafting an especially good PowerPoint about how to treat Islamic religious materials with sensitivity, according to Ohio’s Dayton Daily News. After U.S. troops in Afghanistan accidentally burned copies of the Koran, sparking riots that took over 30 lives, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Trainer came to the rescue: After the accidental burning last year of Qurans by U.S. troops in Afghanistan sparked deadly rioting, an Air National Guard chaplain from Springfield stepped in and...
  • FReeper Wheelbarrow(BillBarrows) has died. WW2/Bronze star recipient

    11/19/2012 8:38:45 AM PST · by DollyCali · 112 replies
    all his FRiends | 11/19/2012 | DollyCali
    With FReeper AFPhys in Grand Island NY (at home of The Mayor) showing off the Wheelbarrow skills~! Bill at the first Honor Flight out of Akron. He was delighted to chat with Bob Dole. At a Walter Reed Freep - with Bert, Kristinn. He really enjoyed the WH correspondent dinner FReep & time afterward in hotel lounge He may have been old.. but he wasn't stupid!!!! A gentle and kind man has returned to his maker. He was a patriot, FReeper, WW2 Army/AF veteran who received the Bronze Star, and very very young at heart. He buried two wifes...
  • Dempsey presents Bronze Star to Czech soldier in Afghanistan

    02/13/2012 7:10:01 PM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 2 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | February 10, 2012 | Cheryl Pellerin
    ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT -- At a forward operating base in eastern Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff dropped by Feb. 10 to meet with the leadership of Task Force Bulldog, have lunch with the troops, and present awards to eight soldiers, including a Bronze Star Medal to a soldier from the Czech Republic. ... Novotny, a reconnaissance squad leader and combat medic, rescued an American soldier who was gravely wounded Nov. 19, public affairs officer Terry Kelley said. On a route clearance patrol, Kelley added, some roadside bombs went off and one wounded a soldier who...
  • Veteran gets Bronze Star for service in WWII

    04/18/2011 3:54:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    This WWII vet had it mailed not presented to him by the O-Bumer creeps.
  • Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me

    11/28/2010 4:54:49 PM PST · by EveningStar · 80 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 28, 2010 | Ben Stein
    ...In unbelievably difficult service in the Korean War, his unit was swamped, cut off, overwhelmed by hordes of Red Chinese crossing into Korea. In the worst cold weather imaginable, under fire, starving, acting Sergeant Charles Rangel, in a black unit led mostly by white officers, took a large group of men, led them by example, lifted their morale, as they fought their way out to safety. Men were being shot, freezing, getting captured all around him, yet he got most of his men out...
  • World War II Vet Honored for Saving 512 Airmen (95 Years Old)

    10/17/2010 4:23:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/17/2010
    Architect of Mission to Save Allied Airmen Trapped Behind Enemy Lines Awarded Bronze StarA New York City man was honored Sunday for his role in a little-known chapter of World War II. The U.S. government awarded George Vujnovich the bronze star for orchestrating the daring rescue of hundreds of trapped American airmen. "I feel we should have helped those men," says Vujnovich. For a half-century he lived a humble life as salesman in blue collar Queens, New York. During World War II he was a 29-year-old officer for the Office of Strategic Services - the CIA of its day -...
  • A Knoxville man fulfills his mission to honor a war veteran(TN)

    08/04/2010 5:50:42 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 2 replies
    WBIR | 8/2/2010 | Hillary Lake
    Monday morning, Knoxville resident Bill Chapman and his twelve year-old son, Andy, met the oldest living relative of the soldier who earned a Bronze Star Medal they found a week before. Bill Chapman made it his mission to return the medal to the oldest living member of the soldier's family.
  • Martinez grad guilty of wearing bogus medals

    12/16/2009 9:30:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 61 replies · 1,552+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/9 | Henry K. Lee
    RIVERSIDE, CALIF. -- A Palm Springs man who surprised former classmates at his high school reunion in Martinez when he showed up in a Marine Corps uniform has pleaded guilty to wearing military medals that he never earned. Steven Douglas Burton, 39, entered his guilty plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Riverside to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized wearing of military medals or decorations, averting a trial that had been scheduled for January. He will face as much as a year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine when he is sentenced March 1. He remains free on...
  • From mortgage broker to medic: Missouri man receives Bronze Star

    07/22/2009 12:26:45 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 1 replies · 231+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 7/22/2009 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (July 22, 2009) — A Waynesville High School graduate serving in Iraq received the Bronze Star with valor device for his role as a medic in rescuing Navy personnel from a burning explosive ordinance disposal vehicle that had been blown into the air by a roadside culvert bomb. Sgt. James H. Carter, 33, followed up on that 2007 award by recently being named Medic of the Year for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team in Iraq, to which he’s assigned as part of the 82nd Airborne in his second tour of duty in Iraq. Although he’s the son...
  • 'Long overdue' medals awarded to pair

    07/19/2009 8:02:33 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 764+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — One island-hopped during World War II fighting the Japanese. Another slugged it out with the Viet Cong in Vietnam. Both were wounded. On Saturday, former Pfc. James Gann, 85, and former Spc. 4th Class Frederick Golladay, 59, finally received their Purple Heart Medals, with Gann also being presented a Bronze Star Medal and Golladay an Air Medal. It was past time for the two men to be honored, Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said in Fitch Auditorium, where a number of younger soldiers watched the ceremony at Fort Huachuca. “I am honored to be on the post...
  • Marine Earns Bronze Star With "V": "You eliminate the enemy and move to the next target"

    02/08/2009 11:30:35 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 17 replies · 740+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | February 8, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    War on Terror (yeah, we still use that phrase around here) hero time. Another United States Marine gets ambushed, wounded, stands, and fights, until his men can get away. Let's not forget this Marine's name: Corporal Nicholas Cox. More . . .
  • Combat Engineer Awarded Bronze Star (ESSAYONS - & he DID IT!)

    01/09/2009 3:40:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 416+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 2nd Lt. Jayson Hensley, USA
    BAGHDAD — Staff Sgt. James Jenkins was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his heroic actions in saving the life of a fellow combat engineer following an improvised explosive device strike. While conducting a route clearance mission on a particularly dangerous road in central Iraq on Nov. 22, 2008, the lead vehicle was struck by an IED. Jenkins, a native of Georgetown, S.C., deployed out of Bamberg, Germany, was in the lead vehicle. As a result of the explosion, the vehicle commander was seriously injured by a piece of shrapnel in his left leg. Four other Soldiers sustained minor injuries,...
  • Son's Life Sends Strong Message ( WHAT IS POST TRAUMATIC SLAVERY DISORDER? )

    03/24/2008 4:33:51 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 42 replies · 1,422+ views ^ | March 06, 2008 | Recipient of R.E.S.P.E.C.T, Inc
    I t was two weeks ago that I received a phone call from my son. He is a college student so when the telephone rings and I see his number there are always two immediate feelings. First, I hope that everything is all right as he attends college in Baltimore, a hotbed of crime and violence, or, second, how much money does he need. Once I hear his voice and know that he is OK, I can most certainly guarantee that the call is for money. That's when I give the telephone to his father. This call two weeks ago...
  • 83 year old FReeper/WW2 vet/bronze star - MAKES THE ROCK SCENE

    03/17/2008 4:46:04 PM PDT · by DollyCali · 26 replies · 583+ views
    Momentum Archives ^ | 17 March 08 | DollyCali
    The Rival Boy Band: The Backseat Boys Larger Than Life What an honor to showcase a true gentleman & patriot ...FReeper Wheelbarrow, AKA, Bill Barrows is a WW2 vet & recipient of the Bronze Star. He is active politically & has been to FReeps in Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Bath, Richfield, greater DC. BTW Bill became "famous" here at FR by posting a thread of Viking Kitty notoriety.(BTW his first/only thread.. he thought he was responding on a thread)Heoo Dolly Bill was part of the September Honor Flight to Washington DC THREAD HERE Here is one pix from that thread of...
  • Gladewater (Texas) Marine Awarded Bronze Star

    02/21/2008 7:23:36 AM PST · by mnehring · 1 replies · 58+ views
    Gladewater antique dealer Mary Whitlock can think of little else today. Except a plaque on her wall. A bronze start certificate awarded to her son. "He always wanted to be the one to tell the other kids how they were line up to play a game, and who would be first and usually he was it" Mary says. At 18, Charles Whitlock graduated from Gladewater High School, going straight into the Marines. Now 45, he's led his explosive ordinance disposal unit in Iraq, going on more than 220 missions including getting rid of 30 IED's. those missions, and his bravery...
  • Bronze Star

    11/07/2007 11:06:46 PM PST · by Maigrey · 12 replies · 120+ views
    The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal ^ | 8 November 2007 | by Lela Garlington
    Marine Corps posthumously honors Capt. Robert M. Secher Just over a year ago, two Marines wearing dress uniforms eased out of their government-issued vehicles and walked up separate driveways -- one in Cordova, one in Germantown -- to deliver devastating news to the family of Capt. Robert M. Secher. A sniper's bullet killed Secher in October 2006 in Iraq's Anbar province. He was 33. On Wednesday Secher's mother and father were joined by 75 family, friends and fellow Marines, as the Corps honored Secher posthumously with a Bronze Star with Valor. Photos by Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal Capt. Robert M....
  • Marine earns rare honor with Bronze Star (Stephen Reagan)

    11/04/2007 6:19:52 PM PST · by Dubya · 12 replies · 211+ views
    STAR NEWS ^ | NOV 4 2007 | Ana Ribeiro
    You couldn't make out Stephen Reagan's feelings on Saturday just by looking at him. A pair of dark glasses hid his eyes, and the most noticeable ripples across his tranquil, composed face were the discreet smiles his wife put on it. But sitting at the fantail of the Battleship North Carolina, the Wilmington resident relived in his head the war episodes that earned him a Bronze Star Medal while taking from him some of his comrades. "I thought about it a lot," Reagan said, after his best friend and fellow Marine Michael Neal read the citation that came with the...
  • ”His boat took 188 enemy hits”: Another Kerry Swift Boat story surfaces

    09/30/2007 1:28:52 PM PDT · by Fedora · 150 replies · 2,565+ views
    Original FReeper research citing Times-News (Burlington, NC) | 09/30/2007 | Fedora
    ”His boat took 188 enemy hits”: Another Kerry Swift Boat story surfacesBy Fedora During the 2004 campaign, John Kerry faced a firestorm of controversy over the events surrounding the awarding of his third Purple Heart and his Bronze Star. One inconsistency investigators noticed was that although military documents described Kerry’s Swift Boat team as facing “about 5000 meters” of enemy fire while travelling down a 75-yard-wide stretch of the Bay Hap River, there was no record of any bullet damage to craft or crew. Not publicized in 2004 was another discrepancy magnifying this issue: while Kerry was making his first...
  • FReeper Wheelbarrow in Akron's First Honor Flight /for WW2 Vets-09-08-07 [After action report #41]

    09/04/2007 8:09:56 PM PDT · by DollyCali · 90 replies · 2,559+ views
    Honor Flight ^ | 4 September 2007 | DollyCali
    FReeper Wheelbarrow(Bronze Star recipient) - part of Akron's First Honor Flight - for WW2 Vets - Sept 8, 2007Freeper Social in Grand Island NY : AFPhys; The Mayor, Wheelbarrow, NYTexan Wheelbarrow has been a FReeper for a few years. He lurks alot & has participated in many FReeps in Ohio, was active in the 04 national election & rallies & went to DC in 2005 for several events in FReeperdom. He is 82 & was part of the European Theater in WW2. He received a bronze star for the efforts in the war. Honor Flight i s a marvelous...
  • First Sergeant Awarded Bronze Star for Duty in Iraq

    08/03/2007 6:33:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 322+ views
    Defense News ^ | Lance Cpl. Aaron Rooks
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Aug. 3, 2007 — U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Paul T. Archie’s Marines were put to the test during a series of heavy and sustained attacks, Oct. 19, 2006, in Iraq. His forward operating base faced a mass of insurgent firepower ranging from small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades to a suicide dump truck intent on disaster. During the firefight, Archie and his company commander Capt. Scott R. Burlison exposed themselves to incoming enemy fire while moving from post to post in an effort to ensure that the Marines had the necessary supplies and wounded Marines were evacuated....
  • Firefight kills hunted Afghan militant

    05/22/2007 2:01:20 PM PDT · by Freeport · 6 replies · 705+ views
    Stars and Stipes ^ | May 22, 2007 | Kevin Dougherty
    DAG, Afghanistan — It all started as a routine mission on a near moonless night one month ago. The objective was an abandoned village named Shudergay, a place frequented by bad guys who do bad things. Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division had been there before. They knew it was a sanctuary for insurgents to regroup, rest and re-arm. It was also the hometown of Habib Jan, the head of a large militant cell operating in northeastern Afghanistan. “This guy was responsible for the only two soldiers I lost,” said Capt. Robert Stanton, commander of Company C, 1st Battalion, 32nd...
  • Yuma Soldier Receives Bronze Star

    02/20/2007 8:04:07 AM PST · by USMCWife6869 · 166+ views
    Yuma Sun ^ | February 19, 2007 | James Gilbert and Joyce Lobeck
    "According to the award citation Caldwell read during the ceremony, Frank Sandoval was presented the Bronze Star for "exceptionally meritorious service while assigned as a team leader during the time of hostilities in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Your leadership, unwavering commitment to mission accomplishment and demonstrated technical expertise were above and beyond all expectations and proved vital to successful combat operations in Iraq. Your initiative and courage in a hostile situation are indicative of the highest standards of service and reflect great credit upon you, this command and the United States Army." The Yuma native, who is currently undergoing...
  • Damage Controlman Receives Bronze Star

    02/09/2007 4:09:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 437+ views
    Defense News ^ | Petty Officer 1st Class Paula M. Ludwick
    SAN DIEGO, Feb. 9, 2007 — Chief Petty Officer James R. Theriault, of Colville, Wash., recieved the Bronze Star for exceptionally meritorious service in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom, in a ceremony held at Afloat Training Group, Pacific, on Feb 5. The Bronze Star medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in or with the military of the United States, distinguish themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force. Vice Adm. Terrance T. Etnyre, Commander, Naval Surface Forces presented the medal. “Chief Theriault is just an example of...
  • Bronze Star, second Purple Heart given to EOD Airmen

    01/31/2007 4:42:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 1,006+ views
    1/31/2007 - LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNEWS) -- Two explosive ordnance disposal Airmen from the 314th Civil Engineer Squadron received combat medals for their actions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Jan. 30 in a ceremony here. Staff Sgt. Lawrence Lipinski was awarded the Bronze Star and Staff Sgt. Matthew Patnaude received his second Purple Heart for their actions while deployed with the Army's 101st Airborne at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. "They define the wingman concept; meeting the objective under the worst of circumstances," said Brig. Gen. Kip L. Self, the 314th Airlift Wing commander who presented the...
  • Fairchild Airmen awarded Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for heroism

    12/09/2006 3:50:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 375+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | 2nd Lt. Tristan Hinderliter
    12/8/2006 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFPN) -- Whether it is a meth lab in Spokane, Wash., booby trapped with grenades or an Improvised Explosive Device in Baghdad, every day brings something new for an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician. On the morning of Dec. 7, two of Fairchild's EOD technicians were awarded decorations for heroism in a ceremony at the 92nd Civil Engineering Squadron's Stampede Room. Tech. Sgt. Jesus Hernandez was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and Senior Airman Amos Smith was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with a "V" device, indicating the act of heroism for which the...
  • 'Emotional rollercoaster' hits war hero (Kentucky National Guard Bronze Star recipient)

    12/02/2006 11:44:51 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 11 replies · 1,461+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday December 3rd, 2006 | Sharon Cohen
    Spc. Ashley Pullen wasn't thinking about the dozens of Iraqi insurgents who had just ambushed the convoy. Or their piles of guns and grenades or the bullets ripping through the air around her. Her bloody comrade lay on the road south of Baghdad, and she had to help the gravely wounded soldier — fast. So she hustled as quickly as her short legs would carry her, ignoring the heat, the ferocious battle and her heavy gear. She ran 100, 200, 300 feet — the length of a football field. It was March 20, 2005, the day Pullen, a member of...
  • Military becomes prolific with Bronze Stars

    07/25/2006 7:36:09 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 27 replies · 1,588+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 25, 2006 | Christina Ramirez
    WASHINGTON -- In the hierarchy of military medals, the Bronze Star ranks in the top tier. But in the war on terror, some troops have been honored with the medal for going above and beyond the call of duty, while others received it for just getting the job done. For example, the Bronze Star has been awarded to: Army Lt. Col. Andrew MacDonald, Soldier Systems Center chief of staff, for leading a team of military and civilians in delivering equipment to troops in Iraq. U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Patrick Burke for "transporting a hospital" from Pakistan to Afghanistan with "no...
  • Lt. Cols. receive Bronze Stars for support during OIF

    05/04/2006 4:02:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 304+ views
    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. (May 4, 2006) -- Lieutenant Colonels Jay A. Van Der Werff and Thomas R. McCarthy received Bronze Stars at an award ceremony April 24. Both gentlemen were awarded for their efforts during a six-month Iraq deployment. “I feel I just did my job,” said Van Der Werff, Marine Aircraft Group-26 executive officer. “The Marines that worked for me, both officers and enlisted, did a great job while we were in Iraq. This is a reflection on the work that they did as well.” During the deployment, Van Der Werff served as an operations...
  • Amid chaos of blasts, a selfless act of valor Corpsman ignored his own wounds to aid others

    04/08/2006 2:48:31 PM PDT · by CoRev · 13 replies · 627+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 4/7/2006 | Rick Rogers
    In a war marred by prisoner-abuse scandals and rife with political wrangling, Nathaniel R. Leoncio's heroic actions in Iraq are the pure stuff of legend. Leoncio, a 24-year-old corpsman, received the Bronze Star yesterday at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. The Navy petty officer third class was on patrol with Marines in southern Ramadi on Oct. 4 when they were struck by a series of roadside bombs. The explosives killed one Marine and seriously injured three other men, including Leoncio.
  • Lejeune Marine awarded Bronze Star

    04/07/2006 4:09:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Zachary W. Lester
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (April 7,2006) -- The plans officer for Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, was presented a Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in connection with combat operations in Iraq by Maj. Gen. Richard A. Huck, commanding general, 2nd Marine Division, at the II Marine Expeditionary Force headquarters building in a ceremony here on April 4. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Conner was awarded the medal for his achievement as the plans officer, assistant chief of staff G-3 from February 2005 to February 2006. The battalion was based in and around Ar Ramadi, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi...
  • Doc stops the bleeding, treats for shock, earns Bronze Star

    02/18/2006 4:58:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 906+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 17, 2006 | Lance Cpl. Patrick J. Floto
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2006) -- Critical medical operations to save the life of a wounded comrade are extremely stressful in the rear, where there is proper medical equipment. Conducting them in the back of a humvee while it speeds through a hail of shrapnel and small arms fire, however, is a true test of one’s proficiency and courage. Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan McDonell faced and overcame that challenge a year ago in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for it during a ceremony at Camp Margarita Feb. 17. “I accept this recognition...
  • Bronze Star awarded posthumously

    01/20/2006 6:32:41 PM PST · by Toidylop · 10 replies · 574+ views
    USMC ^ | Jan 20, 2006 | Lace Cpl. Alec Kleinsmith
    Bronze Star awarded posthumously Submitted by: MCB Camp PendletonStory Identification #: 200612019380 Story by Lance Cpl. Alec Kleinsmith MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON (Jan. 20, 2006) -- The Marines of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment presented a posthumous Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device to the widow of Capt. John W. Maloney at the San Mateo Memorial Park here Jan. 20, 2006. Michelle Maloney recieved the award from Lt. Col. Eric M. Smith, Battalion Commander for 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Maloney’s son, Nathaniel, was pinned with the medal by Smith. The former commanding officer of Company C, 1st...
  • Bronze star awarded for squelching enemy ambush

    12/02/2005 6:55:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 751+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 2, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Patrick J. Floto
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2005) -- If it wasn’t for the selfless actions of Staff Sgt. Anthony B. Speich, ten Afghani troops and a Navy corpsman on the forward element of the Special Forces Operational Detachment, Company C., 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Combined-Joint Special operations Task Force Afghanistan, may have never been able to return home. Speich, a 36-year-old from Rapids, Wis., was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” Device during a ceremony here Dec. 2 for his actions in Afghanistan on the day of April 24, 2005. While leading those 11 men, Speich...
  • Request for help

    11/21/2005 9:38:20 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 19 replies · 1,905+ views
    email | November 21, 2005 | Neil E. Wright
    Greetings FReeper Vets, I received the following email today from a relative of a recently passed Marine.Sargent Major Charles Huff died Saturday 11/19/05. He was a Bronze Star with a V recipient and spent 30 years in the marine corp. I have been unable to find any information or list of bronze star recipients. Can you help me? He was my uncle and talked about the marine corp until the day he died. All of these brave recipients should be recognized on a website sponsored by our goverment. My e-mail address is If any one of you is able...
  • Need Link to Bronze Star Awardees

    10/31/2005 5:13:06 PM PST · by bigsigh · 14 replies · 699+ views
    self | 10/31/05 | self
    I have done two google searchs to find a bronze star with valor list for marines in Iraq. The closest I got was some stories on individual winners. Looking for a list for 2003-5.
  • Double amputee still serves Corps as martial arts instructor

    10/11/2005 6:01:03 PM PDT · by IonImplantGuru · 51 replies · 2,929+ views
    USMC Press Release ^ | Aug. 22, 2005 | Cpl. Jonathan Agg
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va(Aug. 22, 2005) -- Throughout the annals of Marine Corps history, inspired quotations have framed the heroics of great Marines, transforming passing moments into epic legends to be forever retold and celebrated by the generations of warriors who follow. Never to be forgotten is the rallying cry of Gunnery Sgt. Dan Daly at the Battle of Belleau Wood, France, on June 4, 1918: “Come on you son’s of bitches! Do you want to live forever?” [snip] So too will a contemporary Marine be remembered, not only for his extraordinary act of courage and composure under...
  • Courage Under Fire? He's Your Man

    08/18/2005 5:47:01 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 16 replies · 560+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | August 12, 2005 | Brian Bowling
    A Bronze Star might seem like a lot to give someone for closing some valves, but the ones Lt. Col. Wayne Dudding shut down were connected to a burning oil-pumping plant near Haditha, Iraq. "It was really raging when we first showed up there," said Dudding, a Freeport native, who spent two days working single-handedly to close the valves -- and the illegal flow of oil into neighboring Syria -- as Army Rangers stood by to protect him from enemy soldiers. He completed the mission in early April 2003, just weeks after the start of the U.S.-led invasion. Dudding, 43,...
  • Los Fresnos, Texas Marine receives Bronze Star

    08/05/2005 5:54:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 421+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 5, 2005 | Pfc. Terrell A. Turner
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Aug. 5, 2005) -- The average day of a Marine deployed to a combat zone is anything but average. As the Global War on Terrorism rages on, Marines find themselves facing tough situations and decisions on a daily basis. With the lives of fellow Marines on the line, the ultimate goal is to return Marines home alive. Gunnery Sgt. Gordon R. Hill Jr. of Los Fresnos, Texas was awarded the Bronze Star medal with combat distinguishing device for Valor here, Aug. 5, for his actions taken while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom...
  • Marine (Brown) receives Bronze Star with combat ‘V’ for leadership in Iraq - Battle of Fallujah

    06/04/2005 9:02:12 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 24 replies · 734+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 5, 2005 | Erik Slavin
    CAMP KINSER, Okinawa — A Marine officer received the bronze star with a combat “V” for his leadership in Iraq at the Kinser Surfside on Friday in front of several dozen of his fellow Marines. Maj. Rick Brown received the medal for his leadership as executive officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Service Support Group 31, which returned from Iraq in recent months after duty in some of the nation’s toughest areas. “He is the type of officer who will give of himself [and] doesn’t think of himself,” said Brig. Gen. Frank Panter, commander of the 3rd Force Service...
  • Ailing WWII Veteran Receives Bronze Star

    04/10/2005 1:12:24 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 3 replies · 872+ views
    AP/Newsday ^ | 4/9/05 | n/a
    Ailing WWII Veteran Receives Bronze Star By Associated Press April 9, 2005, 3:28 PM EDT ROSEMEAD, Calif. -- A gravely ill World War II veteran who was wounded in the Normandy invasion has been honored with a Bronze Star and other medals more than six decades after he stormed the coast of France. "I'm bewildered, I'm excited. I'm confused. I'm not used to talking this much," former Army Pvt. Manuel Lopez Sanchez said Friday. Sanchez, 84, suffers from brain tumors and doctors told him he has about six months to live. His wife, Amelia, said she sought out the medals...