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  • Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White to receive Medal of Honor

    04/15/2014 2:41:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON — Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White will be awarded the Medal of Honor on May 13, 2014, the White House announced late Tuesday afternoon. White will receive the nation's highest military award for his actions during a dismounted movement in mountainous terrain in Aranas, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2007. He was then serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. White, who now works as an investment analyst in Charlotte, N.C., will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions...
  • Medal of Honor Ceremony Connects Generations

    03/18/2014 11:47:15 AM PDT · by cll · 18 replies
    Military.com ^ | 3/18/2014 | Richard Sisk
    Army Sgt. Ashley Randall never knew her grandfather, never knew of his heroism in Korea, until President Obama told her that she was next of kin to a Medal of Honor recipient. "I didn't know anything, not even his name," Randall said of her grandfather, Army Pvt. Demensio Rivera, who was killed at age 18 in Korea during an enemy assault. ~ snip ~ Rivera, originally from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, was drafted into the Army from New York City. He was an automatic rifleman serving with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, when his platoon's...
  • Marine injured in Afghanistan grenade blast to receive Medal of Honor, report says

    03/07/2014 10:06:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 7, 2014
    A U.S. Marine, who suffered serious injuries after it is believed he jumped on a grenade to protect a fellow Marine as they stood guard on a rooftop in Afghanistan's Helmand province, will receive the nation's highest combat valor honor, The Marine Times reported, citing unnamed sources. William Kyle Carpenter, 24, who medically retired as a corporal, is expected the receive the Medal of Honor later this year, the report said. Carpenter lost his right eye, most of his teeth and shattered his mouth and arm in the November 2010 grenade attack, the report said...
  • Fallen Marine Rafael Peralta’s family accuses reporter of playing ‘race card’

    02/27/2014 9:15:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Supporters still press for Medal of Honor Ten years after he died in a 2004 firefight in Iraq, Sgt. Rafael Peralta’s death continues to ignite controversy, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week refusing to reopen his nomination for the Medal of Honor and the Marine’s family accusing a newspaper of race-baiting in its reporting on the standoff. Peralta’s mother Rosa said in a letter this week that a reporter for The Washington Post seemed intent on trying to get her to say her son was denied the Medal of Honor because he was Hispanic. And some Marines who were...
  • D-Day veteran, Medal of Honor recipient, Walter Ehlers dies at age 92

    02/21/2014 5:11:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 21, 2014 | by Mike Piccione
    Medal of Honor recipient Walter Ehlers died Thursday at age 92. Walter D. Ehlers was born May 7, 1921 in Junction City, Kansas. In October 1940, he and his brother Roland enlisted in the Army and Walter would go on to be part of the 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, where he and his unit stormed the beach on the second wave of the D-Day Normandy invasion. His brother Roland was killed in the invasion. Staff Sergeant Ehlers heroic actions on the battlefield near Goville, France during June 9- 10, 1944 led to him being awarded the Medal of Honor....
  • Belated Medal of Honor for 24 Soldiers Overlooked Due to Race

    02/21/2014 4:56:27 PM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | Friday, February 21, 2014 | Luis Martinez
    Twenty-four Army soldiers who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam will receive the Medal of Honor next month, correcting oversights that prevented many of them from receiving the nation’s highest award for valor because of their Hispanic, Jewish and African-American backgrounds, White House officials said today. The awarding of 24 Medals of Honor — most of them posthumously — will be the largest number to be awarded at one time since World War II. The process began in 2002 when Congress mandated that the military services review the cases of hundreds of Hispanic and Jewish service members who...
  • Medal of Honor: Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice (Live webcast)

    On Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 10 a.m., Medal of Honor Recipients Colonel Bruce Crandall, Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta and Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry will share their stories about mentorship – Who is the hero’s hero? The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. Following the lecture, Colonel Crandall, Staff Sergeant Giunta and Sergeant First Class Petry will all sign copies of Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty.
  • Serpico yet to receive 1972 Medal of Honor certificate from NYPD

    02/04/2014 5:25:51 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 02/04/2014 | BY LARRY MCSHANE
    Whistleblower cop Frank Serpico remembers the night he took a bullet to the face — even if the NYPD continues to ignore it. One day after the 43rd anniversary of his near-fatal shooting, Serpico, 77, said he has yet receive his long-delayed Medal of Honor certificate, which typically accompanies the medal. Serpico was given the NYPD’s highest award, the Medal of Honor, in 1972. But the medal wasn’t given at a ceremony; it was dispensed over a counter top, he recalled. In a statement, he said was tired of “waiting for the NYPD to overcome their pettiness and animosity.”
  • Petraeus advised downgrading Swenson’s Medal of Honor bid, probe finds

    11/07/2013 11:02:09 PM PST · by Rabin · 20 replies
    Stripes and Stripes ^ | November 7, 2013 | Jonathan S. Landay
    WASHINGTON — Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus recommended that the Medal of Honor nomination of former Army Capt. William Swenson be downgraded to a lower award, according to a Pentagon investigation that failed to resolve how Swenson’s papers then disappeared instead of being sent up the chain of command.
  • Validation of Valor

    10/16/2013 7:16:49 PM PDT · by Noremac · 4 replies
    Blasted Fools.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    Just yesterday I heard the story of retired Army Captain William Swenson and his late in coming award of the Medal of Honor, earned in a tense combat mission, in Afghanistan in 2009, judged by many, to be one of the most, if not the most intense ever in that region. Because the outline of the story were gripping, I hunted down a handful of write-ups on the Battle of Ganjgal, and in the process, not only uncovered details that have only sparsely been alluded to, but a rare clip of raw video of one segment of the event as...
  • Obama presents Afghan war vet with Medal of Honor

    10/15/2013 5:18:24 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/15/2013 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    Four years after risking his life in Afghanistan, William D. Swenson solemnly received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday in a case of battlefield bravery with some odd twists: The young Army captain questioned the judgment of his superiors, and the paperwork nominating him for the award was lost. He left the military two years ago but wants to return to active duty, a rare move for a medal recipient. The nation's highest military honor — a sky blue ribbon and medal — was clasped around Swenson's neck by President Barack Obama at the White House. The president described how...
  • Medal of Honor recipient asks to return to duty (Capt. Will Swenson)

    10/15/2013 2:23:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Columbian ^ | October 15, 2013 | Lolita C. Baldor/AP
    WASHINGTON — The former Army captain who received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday has asked to return to active duty in the Army, a rare move by an officer who has lived to wear the military's highest award. Two U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that William D. Swenson has submitted a formal request to the Army and officials are working with him to allow his return. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in the White House Tuesday afternoon for risking his life to recover bodies and save fellow troops during a lengthy battle...
  • Obama uses Medal of Honor Ceremony For Politics

    10/15/2013 11:37:01 AM PDT · by Toespi · 35 replies
    Obama: "Our nation needs this ceremony today. Will reminds us what the US can be at its best......meet our obligations to eachother not just when it is easy. Patriotism and professionalism we should strive for whether we wear a uniform or not, not just on particular occasions but all the time. "(Excerpts)
  • As hero finally gets Medal of Honor, some question the delay

    10/14/2013 10:03:45 AM PDT · by kimtom · 17 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | Oct 14, 2013 | By Jason Sickles
    At a stately White House ceremony on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will extol former Army Capt. William Swenson's courage and award him the country's highest military decoration. But beyond the pageantry is a convoluted tale not told in the official Army narrative detailing Swenson’s heroics when he and his troops were ambushed in Afghanistan more than four years ago. Even as Swenson receives his Medal of Honor, a Pentagon investigation is unfolding into why the former Army officer’s award nomination once vanished. It has been alleged that military brass may have derailed the approval process because Swenson pointed blame at...
  • WWII Vet, Oldest Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies

    10/05/2013 2:07:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | Saturday, Oct 5, 2013
    A World War II veteran and the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient has died in New Jersey. Nicholas Oresko, an Army master sergeant who was badly wounded as he single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945, died Friday night at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, hospital officials announced Saturday. He was 96. Oresko had been hospitalized after injuring himself in a fall at an assisted living center in Cresskill. He died of complications from surgery.
  • Living WWII Medal of Honor Recipients and Their Acts of Heroism

    10/04/2013 12:09:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Visually ^ | October 4, 2013 | Staff
    Over the US Army's 238 years of existence have gone gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect our country's freedom.
  • The Greatest Hero America Never Knew

    09/28/2013 8:46:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Guns Save Life.com ^ | Sep 28, 2013 | David Feherty
    The Greatest Hero America Never Knew The true story of Waco's Col. Robert Howard. By by David Feherty The Department of Homeland Security is not doing its job. As proof, I, David Feherty, a 17-year resident of the Dallas area but an Irishman by birth, recently became an American citizen. There goes the neighborhood—but yay, me! The reason I felt compelled to become an American is my Troops First Foundation, a nonprofit organization that does its best to improve the quality of life and future prospects of some of our most severely wounded servicemen and women. I became involved after...
  • Military officials investigated over ‘lost’ Medal of Honor nomination

    09/26/2013 1:06:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 9/26/2013 | Jonathan S. Landay
    <p>A Pentagon investigation into how a Medal of Honor nomination was “lost” — possibly because of an improper effort to kill the award — is focused on its mishandling by members of the chain of command that included retired Army Gen. David Petraeus and other senior U.S. commanders.</p>
  • Army captain to receive Medal of Honor for bravery in Afghanistan ambush

    09/19/2013 7:12:07 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    News Channel 3 (Hampton, VA) ^ | 9:35 pm, September 19, 2013 | Matt Knight
    ... On the morning of the attack Swenson and his team moved on foot into the rural community of Ganjgal for a meeting with village elders. He and his team were ambushed there by more than 50 well-armed, well-positioned insurgent fighters. As the enemy unleashed a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades, mortar and machine gun fire, Swenson returned fire, coordinated and directed the response of his Afghan Border Police soldiers, and simultaneously tried to call in suppressive artillery fire and aviation support. ... With complete disregard for his own safety, Swenson voluntarily led a team into the kill zone, exposing himself...
  • U.S. Army SSG Ty Michael Carter to receive Medal of Honor today

    08/26/2013 8:32:49 AM PDT · by cll · 21 replies
    On Oct. 3, 2009, many Soldiers distinguished themselves when more than 300 Anti-Afghan forces, or AAF, attempted to overrun Combat Outpost, or COP, Keating, a company-sized outpost in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. On that day, of the 53 members of B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, who defended the position, eight Soldiers were killed, and more than 25 were injured. Of these men, one Soldier’s gallantry stood out. Without regard to his own safety, Spc. Ty Michael Carter proved himself time and time again. He resupplied ammunition to fighting positions, provided first aid to a battle buddy, killed enemy troops,...
  • Medal of Honor Convention at Gettysburg

    08/20/2013 3:40:20 PM PDT · by PaulZe · 3 replies
    A Concert Celebrating America’s Heroes: Past – Present – Future Event: Join us for a “Concert Celebrating America’s Heroes – Past – Present – Future” at the Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Featuring The “President’s Own” United States Marine Band and the West Point Cadet Glee Club, the evening will serve as a touching tribute to members of our Armed Forces over the past 150 years. Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm (check-in and parking assistance starts at 5:15pm) Location: Pennsylvania Monument What to Know Before You Register How do I get tickets? Although this event is free,...
  • Medal of Honor Convention at Gettysburg

    08/20/2013 3:35:20 PM PDT · by PaulZe
    A Concert Celebrating America’s Heroes: Past – Present – Future Event: Join us for a “Concert Celebrating America’s Heroes – Past – Present – Future” at the Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Featuring The “President’s Own” United States Marine Band and the West Point Cadet Glee Club, the evening will serve as a touching tribute to members of our Armed Forces over the past 150 years. Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm (check-in and parking assistance starts at 5:15pm) Location: Pennsylvania Monument What to Know Before You Register How do I get tickets? Although this event is free,...
  • War Hero Bud Day Dies at 88

    07/28/2013 8:13:17 AM PDT · by kristinn · 77 replies
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | Sunday, July 28, 2013
    Retired Air Force Colonel Bud Day, a celebrated war hero and veteran's activist, died Saturday. He was 88. Day, a Medal of Honor recipient, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years. He also received the Purple Heart. William Everett, regional commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, said Day was very giving of his free time, attending military ceremonies until his health no longer allowed him to. One of his last appearances was at his own birthday celebration Feb. 24. "Very, very sad," Everett said, of hearing about Day's death Saturday morning. "It's...
  • Obama to bestow Medal of Honor to combat vet for daylong Afghan fight (Staff Sgt. Ty Carter)

    07/27/2013 3:14:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27, 2013
    President Obama will bestow the Medal of Honor on an Army staff sergeant for courageous action during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan, making him the second solder honored with the nation's highest military honor for actions during the 2009 mountain battle. Ty Carter, a former Marine who later enlisted in the Army, will be recognized at the White House on Aug. 26 for his action during a the firefight at a mountain outpost where U.S. troops were far outnumbered. Carter killed enemy troops, resupplied ammunition to American fighters, rendered first aid and risked his own life to save an injured...
  • Jewish WWII hero who (single-handedly) 'killed 600 Japanese' dies

    07/03/2013 8:13:55 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 64 replies
    WND ^ | July 02, 2013 | Unattributed
    Commanders thought anti-Semitism kept him from Medal of Honor Did the American government refuse to honor a World War II veteran who was regarded as a war hero by the British Empire, because he was Jewish? The question apparently still lingered in David Rubitsky’s mind when he died, penniless, June 28 at a nursing home in East Moline, Ill., the local Quad-City Times reported. Rubitsky’s commanders claim he single-handedly killed 500 to 600 Japanese soldiers while guarding a military outpost in Papua New Guinea during the Battle of Buna in December 1942. According to Rubitsky’s account, he defended the bunker...
  • Introduction: The Miracle of Father Kapaun Priest, Soldier and Korean War Hero

    05/17/2013 8:25:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | 2013 | ROY WENZL & TRAVIS HEYING
    IntroductionROY WENZL & TRAVIS HEYING What soldiers say Kapaun did is so heroic that it defies believability. Some people regard the meek man as one who will not put up a fight for anything but will let others run over him .... In fact from human experience we know that to accomplish anything good a person must make an effort; and making an effort is putting up a fight against the obstacles. - Father Emil Kapaun Emil Kapaun — priest, soldier and Korean War hero — is a rare man. He has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the...
  • Medal of Honor soldier killed in Korean War to receive hero's burial 63 years later

    04/10/2013 7:04:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 10, 2013
    The remains of a soldier awarded the Medal of Honor after being killed in the Korean War will be returned to his relatives for burial with full military honors after they were identified 63 years after his death, officials announced Wednesday. Army Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr., of Washington, Ind., will be buried April 17 in Arlington National Cemetery, officials from the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office said. Faith, a veteran of World War II who continued to serve in the Army during the Korean War, was seriously injured by shrapnel on Dec. 1, 1950, and died a...
  • Chaplain gets Medal of Honor 62 years after death (Outstanding story)

    04/06/2013 9:59:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 6, 2013 | AP
    In the cold, barren hills of Korea more than 60 years ago, two teary-eyed soldiers stood in a prisoner of war camp where their chaplain lay dying. The Rev. Emil Kapaun was weak, his body wracked by pneumonia and dysentery. After six brutal months in the hellish camp, the once sturdy Kansas farmer's son could take no more. Thousands of soldiers had already died, some starving, others freezing to death. Now the end was near for the chaplain. ~snip~ On April 11, those two young lieutenants, Dowe and Wood, now 85 and 86, will join their comrades, Kapaun's family and...
  • Fourth living veteran of Afghanistan war to receive Medal of Honor

    01/11/2013 11:33:17 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 11, 2012 | Jennifer Hlad
    Clinton Romesha WASHINGTON – Former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor in February for his actions as a section leader in Afghanistan in 2009, the fourth living veteran of the war in Afghanistan to receive the award. Romesha was section leader with Bravo Troop, 3-61 Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at combat outpost Keating in Kamdesh District, Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009, when his unit came under heavy fire. According to written accounts by military historian Richard S. Lowry, enemy fighters launched an assault against the post, attacking from three sides...
  • A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War (Dakota Meyer, MOH)

    12/09/2012 1:02:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 28, 2012 | David Forsmark
    Two videos at link. Badass military heroism: Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer's Into the Fire is this generation's To Hell and Back. Into the Fire A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War By Dakota Meyer and Bing West Random House, $27, 239 pp. Does this sound familiar? 1. A group of Americans on a diplomatic mission to reach out to Muslims are pinned down by al-Qaeda and come under overwhelming fire. 2. They repeatedly call for support fire missions, which are denied because they cannot absolutely guarantee no civilians are in the area. 3....
  • Wife of Ft. Hood victim: Obama ignores our plight, never called us

    10/02/2012 11:00:31 AM PDT · by tapatio · 17 replies
    On November 5, 2009, Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning was shot six times by Maj. Nidal Hasan while he was serving on-duty at Ft. Hood in Temple, Texas, in what became known as the Ft. Hood Massacre. Today, Sgt. Manning's wife is fighting for official military recognition for the victims of the attack, saying President Obama has ignored them and refused to acknowledge their sacrifice.
  • MILITARY: Questions surround "lost" Medal of Honor file (Interesting - ROE - Long)

    08/10/2012 10:16:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NC Times ^ | August 10, 2012 | JONATHAN S. LANDAY/McClatchy Newspapers
    Questions surround Army captain’s ‘lost’ nomination for Medal of HonorWASHINGTON ---- Like other U.S. trainers with the Afghan force that day, former Army Capt. William Swenson had expected light resistance. Instead, the contingent walked into a furious six-hour gunfight with Taliban ambushers in which Swenson repeatedly charged through intense fire to retrieve wounded and dead. The 2009 battle of Ganjgal is perhaps the most remarkable of the Afghan war for its extraordinary heroism and deadly incompetence. It produced dozens of casualties, career-killing reprimands and a slew of commendations for valor. They included two Medal of Honor nominations, one for Swenson....
  • Secretary of the Navy Announces DDG 116 to Be Named Thomas Hudner(crashed own jet to save wingman)

    05/11/2012 8:58:22 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies
    DOD Press Release ^ | May 7, 2012 | Unattributed
    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the next Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer (DDG) will be named the USS Thomas Hudner. Thomas J. Hudner Jr., a naval aviator who retired as a captain, received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman for displaying uncommon valor during an attack on his wingman, the first African American naval aviator to fly in combat, Ensign Jesse L. Brown. During the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War, anti-aircraft fire hit Brown’s aircraft, damaging a fuel line and causing him to crash. After it became clear Brown was seriously...
  • Recognition Finally for a Warrior Priest's Heroics

    04/17/2012 7:38:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/16/12 | Daniel Nasaw
    US Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun stole, suffered and sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers in a Korean prison camp. Six decades after his death, he is being considered for the Congressional Medal of Honor - and sainthood. On 2 November 1950, Father Kapaun made the decision that led to his death. The Korean war chaplain was in the middle of a firefight, with the American forces overrun by Chinese soldiers outside a crossroads town called Unsan in North Korea. Lighting forest fires to frustrate US reconnaissance planes, the Chinese surrounded the Americans and pressed in, attacking with small...
  • Army hero speaks for injured comrades

    03/30/2012 5:35:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2012 | Kristina Wong
    A Medal of Honor recipient who lost part of his right arm in a firefight in Afghanistan says society doesn’t fully understand the mental injury that today’s veterans suffer. Speaking Friday at the Warrior Resilience Conference in Washington, D.C., Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry said service members with internal injuries and psychological damage suffer the most, not necessarily those with external wounds. Troops with visible injuries receive accolades, but those with unseen wounds are ignored, Sgt. Petry said, adding that whenever someone thanks him for his sacrifice, he makes sure those near him who have served also are thanked....
  • Marines promoted inflated story for Medal of Honor recipient (Barf Alert)

    12/15/2011 7:17:14 AM PST · by World'sGoneInsane · 66 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 14, 2011 | McClatchy Newspapers
    With Dakota Meyer standing at attention in his dress uniform, sweat glistening on his forehead under the television lights, President Barack Obama extolled the former Marine corporal for the “extraordinary actions” that had earned him the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor. SNIP But an exhaustive assessment by a McClatchy correspondent who was embedded with the unit and survived the ambush found that the Marines’ official accounts of Meyer’s deeds....
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Sues Defense Contractor, Claims Company Sold Sniper Tech to Pakistan

    11/30/2011 5:09:50 PM PST · by bayouranger · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Big Peace ^ | 11-30-11 | Sun Tzu
    Two months ago, Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama for his service in Afghanistan, the military’s most prestigious award. On Monday, Sgt. Meyer alleged that a defense contractor has called him mentally unstable and a problem drinker, ruining his chances for a job in the defense industry. In legal papers filed Monday, the Marine claims that BAE Systems, where he worked earlier this year, retaliated against him after he raised objections about BAE’s alleged decision to sell high-tech sniper scopes to the Pakistani military. He says his supervisor at BAE effectively blocked his hiring...
  • A Veterans’ Day Celebration with the Doolittle Raiders

    11/11/2011 10:32:05 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 11, 2011 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    I recently attended a wonderful celebration with several generations of our military heroes. One of the few advantages of working in Washington is the occasional chance to do something special. Last Saturday night offered just such an opportunity. And, so, my wife and I attended the annual dinner of the American Veterans Center (AVC). The banquet room was filled with veterans who had participated in some of the greatest achievements of the American armed forces. That evening, we were in the middle of history. AVC’s mission is to preserve and promote the legacy of America’s servicemen and women from every...
  • A Janitor’s Ten Lessons in Leadership

    10/14/2011 8:04:18 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 12 replies
    Home of Heroes ^ | Col. James Moschgat
    William “Bill” Crawford certainly was an unimpressive figure, one you could easily overlook during a hectic day at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mr. Crawford, as most of us referred to him back in the late 1970s, was our squadron janitor. While we cadets busied ourselves preparing for academic exams, athletic events, Saturday morning parades and room inspections, or never-ending leadership classes, Bill quietly moved about the squadron mopping and buffing floors, emptying trash cans, cleaning toilets, or just tidying up the mess 100 college-age kids can leave in a dormitory. Sadly, and for many years, few of us gave...
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Eyes New (and Only Slightly Less Dangerous) Career as Firefighter

    09/27/2011 4:33:25 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 26, 2011
    One of the country’s bravest hopes to become one of New York City’s bravest. Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the Marine who received the Medal of Honor this month for personally rescuing 36 soldiers pinned down by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, told The New York Post that he aspires to become a New York City firefighter. "It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a way I feel I can do my part in giving back to America,” Meyer said after he tossed out a ceremonial pitch at the Mets' Citi Field, the paper reported. Meyer's grandfather was a firefighter, and Meyer...
  • White House initially denies rep.'s request to attend Medal of Honor event

    09/15/2011 1:03:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/15/11
    The White House initially denied a request by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) to attend a Medal of Honor ceremony for a fellow Marine Corps and Afghanistan war veteran, a congressional source said. Hunter first learned last week about plans for President Obama to award former Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer the Medal of Honor during a Thursday ceremony at the White House. Hunter formally requested to attend the ceremony earlier this week, but the White House said no, the congressional source said.
  • The Afghan Rescue Mission Behind Today's Medal of Honor

    09/16/2011 3:28:50 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 | Bing West
    President Obama will today award the Medal of Honor to Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer. In attendance will be a handful of soldiers and Marines who, one day in September 2009, were abandoned by their chain of command and relied on their own initiative to dislodge a fierce enemy. Their battle has entered military folklore and resulted not only in today's Medal of Honor but in two Navy Crosses, two investigations for dereliction of duty, three letters of severe reprimand, and a recommendation for a second Medal of Honor. The setting was the remote Afghan village of Ganjigal, on the Pakistan...
  • Marine awarded Medal of Honor

    09/15/2011 12:45:12 PM PDT · by rjsimmon · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 15, 2011 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is awarding the military's highest honor to a Marine credited with saving 36 lives during an intense fire-fight in Afghanistan.
  • Before Medal of Honor, beer with obama (Hussein exploits hero, media plays along)

    09/15/2011 8:05:59 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 14 replies
    See B.S. News ^ | 9/15/11
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dakota Meyer saved 36 lives from an ambush in Afghanistan and the former Marine will collect the nation's highest military honor at the White House on Thursday. While he is receiving the Medal of Honor, Meyer's slain comrades will be memorialized in hometown ceremonies at his request. His hero's moment was his darkest day. Meyer lost some of his best friends the morning of Sept. 8, 2009, in far-off Kunar Province.
  • No Bud Light in the White House

    09/15/2011 7:54:10 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 52 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 15, 2011 | Charlie Spiering
    Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer asked for Bud Light when he had a beer with President Obama yesterday, but the White House didn't have any, according to CBS reporter Mary Walsh.
  • Actions that make heroes(OR)

    08/10/2011 5:44:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    mailtribune.com ^ | 8 August, 2011 | Paul Fattig
    A historic Colt .45-caliber, semi-automatic pistol stolen more than 30 years ago from a Medal of Honor winner in South Carolina has been returned to its rightful owner. The gun and owner were reunited after a history buff in Medford, who bought the old handgun in an online auction last month, tracked down the retired Marine whose name is engraved on it. Marine John J. McGinty's brave act on March 12, 1968 "I knew if I found him and it was his gun, I couldn't keep it," said George Berry, 71, who knew little about the history of the gun...
  • Former Marine to receive Medal of Honor for controversial 2009 battle

    07/21/2011 5:40:34 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7/19/11 | LEO SHANE III
    Dakota Meyer, who left the service last year, will be the third living recipient of the award for actions in Afghanistan and the tenth man recognized for exceptional bravery in the current wars. He’ll also be the first living Marine to receive the honor since the Vietnam War. White House and defense officials have not released details of the award or the timing of its presentation. The 22-year-old’s heroics came while serving with an embedded training team from the III Marine Expeditionary Force out of Okinawa, Japan. In September 2009, his team was ambushed in the controversial battle of Ganjgal,...
  • 'It's What We Do' (Oliver North)

    07/14/2011 5:51:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 15, 2011 | Oliver North
      WASHINGTON — Few of us ever will meet a Medal of Honor recipient. Fewer still ever will have the opportunity to be of assistance to one. In part, that's because "The Medal" — our nation's highest military decoration, awarded for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty" — is worn by just 85 living Americans.Since we were attacked on 9/11, the Medal of Honor has been awarded only nine times to the more than 2 million Americans who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul...
  • The CinC goes AWOL on the Medal of Honor winners dishonoring the troops- Just a photo-op

    06/25/2011 4:35:14 AM PDT · by vrwc54 · 16 replies
    You Tube ^ | 6/24/11 | RobtKraft/GrannyJan
    He apologized 30 hours later.
  • President Obama Apologizes to Family of Fallen Soldier (SFC Jared Monti, Medal of Honor)

    06/24/2011 6:22:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 115 replies
    ABC News ^ | Friday, June 24, 2011 | Jake Tapper
    SNIP Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was actually killed in Afghanistan on June 21, 2006. In September 2009, President Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor posthumously. On his Facebook page this evening, Monti's father, Paul, posted: "FYI- President Barack Obama telephoned me personally this afternoon to apologize for his error in his speech to the 10th mountain division re: Jared's medal ceremony. Apology accepted."