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  • Naval Special Warfare commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Operation Red Wings

    Today is the tenth of anniversary of Operation Red Wings, the mission depicted in movie "Lone Survivor." Let's never forget these amazing heroes!
  • Rick Perry Will be Surrounded by Navy SEALs at June Announcement

    05/25/2015 11:19:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Stephen Gutowski
    Rick Perry’s June event in Addison, Texas, where he is expected to announce his candidacy for president, will feature a number of retired and current Navy SEALs, according to a invite to the event. Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, whose autobiography inspired the 2014 film Lone Survivor, will attend with his wife. The widow of retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose autobiography inspired the oscar-nominated American Sniper, will also be there. The event will also feature retired U.S. Navy SEAL JJ Jones, retired U.S. Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton, retired U.S. Navy SEAL Pete Scobell, and...
  • The 173rd Airborne Lands at Bien Hoa May, 1965

    05/25/2015 12:26:48 PM PDT · by kathsua · 10 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | May 25th, 2015 | reasonmclucus
    This Memorial Day is special to those of us who served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Sep.) in Vietnam because this month marks the 50th anniversary of the Sky Soldiers deployment to Vietnam. The deployment marked the beginning of the American takeover of the Vietnam ground war.
  • When will Audie Murphy at last receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama?

    05/21/2015 9:10:49 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/21/15 | Doug Book
    Nearly 2 years ago, Coach is Right published this piece about Audie Leon Murphy, one of the true American heroes. Though he had at last been awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor by Governor Rick Perry, President Obama had not–has not–honored Murphy with the nation’s highest civilian recognition, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. CiR has included the link to a petition that Audie Murphy be so honored. Few have been more deserving for their contributions during war and peace. Please join those signatories who have already chosen to make the duty of an American president clear to Barack Obama....
  • Bristol Palin Engaged to Medal of Honor Recipient, Dakota Meyer: Read Sarah Palin's Statement!

    03/14/2015 5:27:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Us Weekly ^ | March 14, 2015 | Stephanie Webber
    Sarah Palin's getting a new son-in-law! Bristol Palin is engaged to her boyfriend, Sgt. Dakota Meyer. The bride-to-be announced the happy news via Instagram on Saturday, Mar. 14. "Truly the luckiest girl in the world, cannot wait to marry this man!!!!" Palin, 24, captioned an Instagram pic of the couple kissing. In a second photo, she gave a closer look at her gorgeous cushion-cut diamond engagement ring....
  • Bristol Palin and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer engaged

    03/14/2015 12:34:40 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | 3-14-15 | Emanuella Grinberg
    CNN)—Wedding bells are on the horizon for Bristol Palin and 2011 Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. Meyer, 26, proposed to Palin, 24, Friday night at a Rascal Flatts concert, Palin said on her blog. "The lead singer, Gary LeVox, dedicated 'Bless the Broken Road' to us, and then Dakota got down on one knee and proposed!" she wrote. "It's amazing to see what happens when you place everything in life in God's hands." Meyer received the nation's highest military honor for braving enemy fire in 2009 to recover 36 American and Afghan troops in Afghanistan. He was the third...
  • Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer Announce Engagement

    03/14/2015 8:38:58 AM PDT · by Bratch · 140 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | March 14 2015 | iizthatiiz
    Bristol Sheeran Marie Palin and Dakota Louis Meyer simultaneously announced their engagement to marry on various social media platforms late last night. [...] Born in Wasilla, Alaska in 1990, Bristol Palin is the eldest daughter of Todd Palin and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.Dakota Meyer was born in Columbia, Kentucky in 1988.  Dakota is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corp.  Highly decorated for his service, he is the recipient of both the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart among many other military honors.The happy couple began making their relationship public with a variety of photos posted on their Instagram accounts over...
  • Gov. Sarah Palin Honors Veterans at 2015 CPAC

    02/26/2015 9:01:11 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 19 replies
    Convservatives4Palin ^ | February 26 2015 | iizthatiiz
    Governor Sarah Palin brought focus onto the military veterans who have served this nation in a powerful speech delivered at this year’s CPAC conference. Palin focused on the sacrifice veterans and their families have given to this country, and how our D.C. politicians and the current Obama administration have failed their service. It was a well received emotional speech that resonated strongly with the audience. After her remarks, Palin took a few questions from the event moderator. Palin was introduced by Medal Of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer to a packed audience at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor, Maryland.
  • Army spied on Medal of Honor recipient over Amazon book review

    02/26/2015 4:17:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    The sixth living servicemember to be honored with the Medal of Honor was spied on by Army investigators over an Amazon book review that mentioned his name. Captain Will Swenson received the Medal of Honor on Oct. 15, 2013 for his heroism during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan in 2009. His trash was rummaged through, leading up to the ceremony with President Obama, and his girlfriend and Seattle neighbors were confronted about his whereabouts. “There’s good reason to suspect that the investigation into Swenson was really about his award, his criticism of the Army, and the hope that agents...
  • Brian Williams resigns from board of Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

    02/20/2015 6:10:49 AM PST · by PROCON · 48 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | Bill Hutchinson
    Disgraced NBC News anchor Brian Williams has resigned from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s board of directors. In a statement announcing the resignation Thursday, foundation president Ron Rand did not elaborate on Williams’ reason for the decision. Williams, 55, has been on the foundation’s board since 2006. The organization supports the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which presents the country’s highest military award for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.NBC brass suspended Williams last week for six months without pay after he was caught lying about being on a military helicopter that was hit by...
  • ‘Congressional Medal of WHAT?’ Guess what Brian Williams does in his spare time

    02/10/2015 8:48:37 AM PST · by AZ .44 MAG · 32 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | February 5, 2015 | Twitchy Staff
    This clown is on the board of directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. Brian Williams Anchor & Managing Editor NBC Nightly News ... http://www.cmohfoundation.org/#!board-of-directors/cq1q Let them know what you think. http://www.cmohfoundation.org/#!contact/c1bpm
  • Gelzinis: Williams' snub of vets no laughing matter

    02/08/2015 6:29:32 PM PST · by SE Mom · 16 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 8,2015 | Peter Gelzinis
    Back in the fall of 2006, long before Brian Williams confessed to "conflating " his helicopter adventures over Iraq, Nick Santangelo knew the NBC news anchor was a fraud.
  • Texas declares 'Chris Kyle Day,' [Today Feb 2] as Medal of Honor petition drive launches

    02/02/2015 7:28:44 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 02, 2015
    Texas declares ‘Chris Kyle Day,’ as Medal of Honor petition drive launches Published February 02, 2015 FoxNews.com Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is declaring Feb. 2 as "Chris Kyle Day" in his state, honoring the late sniper as a petition drive also gets underway to consider him for the Medal of Honor. Kyle, considered to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, is the subject of the blockbuster film "American Sniper." Though the movie has been controversial, Abbott told Fox News he decided to honor Kyle because “he’s an American hero.” “He had the guts to stand up and defend...
  • Medal of Honor campaign continues for black sergeant who saved troops

    12/07/2014 11:01:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | Decenber 7, 2014 | David Zucchino
    If he had known in 2005 what he knows today, Brig. Gen. Gary Brito would have nominated Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe for the Medal of Honor. Brito knew in 2005 that Cashe, his uniform soaked with fuel, had plunged into a burning vehicle in Iraq on Oct. 17, 2005, to rescue soldiers who were on fire. But only months later did Brito, Cashe's battalion commander, learn the full details of Cashe's courage that day outside the city of Samarra. Cashe rescued six badly burned soldiers while under enemy small-arms fire. His own uniform caught fire, engulfing him in flames....
  • 2014 Medal of Honor Recipient

    11/10/2014 7:44:13 AM PST · by w1n1 · 2 replies
    This isn't the full list, it is the remaining three that WSJ had covered in this past year. 1 - USMC Lance Coporal William Kyle Carpenter of Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, earned his medal for serving in the line of fire in Helmand Province on November 21, 2010. He was a member of a platoon-sized coalition force, comprised of two reinforced Marine rifle squads partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. 2 - USA Staff Sergeant Ryan M Pitts Company C, 2d Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment earned his Medal of Honor for serving in the line of fire...
  • Why a Civil War soldier will get the Medal of Honor — 151 years after his death

    11/06/2014 11:30:29 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 83 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 5 | Dan Lamothe
    First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing was bleeding profusely from wounds to his abdomen and shoulder as thousands of Confederate infantrymen advanced on his artillery battery in the Battle of Gettysburg. At least one of his soldiers begged him to seek medical treatment, but he refused. He stayed on the battlefield another 90 minutes while under attack, ordering his men to keep firing their three-inch cannons right up until the moment that he was killed with a gunshot to the head. The Union Army’s ability to stop that assault by at least 13,000 soldiers — known as Pickett’s Charge, after a...
  • Despite wounds, Medal of Honor recipient killed up to 175 enemies, saved comrades

    09/15/2014 4:55:44 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 15 Sep 2014 | Brad Lendon
    (CNN) -- As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, 48 hours evading the North Vietnamese troops in the bush -- and one tiger. Those are the numbers behind Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins' Medal of Honor, an award he received from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Monday. Adkins of Opelika, Alabama, was honored for his actions in Vietnam's A Shau Valley more than 48 years ago. Then a 32-year-old sergeant first class, Adkins was among a handful of Americans working with troops of the South Vietnamese Civilian Irregular Defense...
  • Medal of Honor: Lawrence Joel, Specialist 6, United States Army

    09/13/2014 7:20:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Arlington National Cemetery ^ | March 2006 | Michael Robert Patterson, webmaster
    Born at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, February 22, 1928, he earned the Medal of Honor in Vietnam while serving as a Medical Corpsman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade on November 8, 1965. In spite of being wounded himself, he saved the lives of many members of his unit. He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Johnson on March 9, 1967 at the White House. He was the first living black American to have received the Medal of Honor since the Spanish-American War in 1898. He died on February 4, 1984 and was...
  • Civil War hero who died at Gettysburg to be awarded Medal Civil-War-officer-receive-Medal-Honor

    08/27/2014 7:10:27 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 37 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | OLLIE GILLMAN FOR MAILONLINE
    1st Lieutenant Alonzo Hersford Cushing to be awarded Medal of Honor Lt Cushing was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 He stood his ground and fought on despite a bullet wound to the head Congress grant special exemption to give Lt Cushing the medal 151 years on Relatives and admirers had campaigned since 1980s for proper recognition Two Vietnam War veterans will also receive medal in ceremony next month
  • Father Kapaun

    07/31/2014 7:39:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Real Life Catholic ^ | 7-31-14 | Chris Stefanik
    The story of Fr. Kapaun, 2011 recipient of the Medal of Honor.
  • The American Flag Daily: The Medal Of Honor

    07/11/2014 3:30:15 PM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 11, 2014 | JasonZ
    On July 12, 1862, President Lincoln signed into law a bill creating the Army Medal of Honor. Members of the other branches of the military became eligible to receive this medal in 1915, followed by the Air Force in 1956. While there are three different versions of the medal (Army, Navy and Air Force), the Medal of Honor remains the highest military award in the United States. In 2002, the Medal of Honor flag was authorized to be given to all recipients of the Medal, the first of which (according to Wikipedia) was Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith (posthumously)...
  • 173rd Airborne Soldier to Receive Medal of Honor

    06/23/2014 6:05:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Miltary.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Richard Sisk
    A soldier who kept fighting despite grenade shrapnel wounds to the legs and arm in the controversial battle of Wanat in Afghanistan will receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced Monday. Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, who was medically discharged in 2009, will be the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. President Obama will present him with the nation's highest award for valor at a White House ceremony on July 21. Pitts will receive the MOH for his actions while serving as a Forward Observer with 2nd...
  • Medal of Honor - Corporal William Kyle Carpenter - United States Marine Corps

    06/19/2014 11:53:37 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 27 replies
    MARINES ^ | June 19 , 2014 | U.S.M.C.
    Summary of Action Lance Corporal William Kyle Carpenter is enthusiastically recommended for the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life while serving as a squad automatic rifleman, Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) for actions against enemy forces on 21 November 2010 in Marjah District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Carpenter’s squad was tasked with establishing Patrol Base Dakota in a small village in the Karez-e Saydi area of Marjah on 19 November 2010. Traveling by foot, Lance Corporal Carpenter’s squad was accompanied by a team...
  • For Medal of Honor recipient, the costs of that day diminish excitement of award

    05/13/2014 12:37:08 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 22 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 12 , 2014 | Jon Harper
    Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Tuesday. White, 27, will receive the award for his actions during a dismounted movement in mountainous terrain in Aranas, Afghanistan. White was serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, on Nov. 9, 2007, when his team of U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers were ambushed by a much larger and more heavily armed Taliban force after a meeting with Afghan villagers. By the time...
  • 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...