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  • 'Stolen Valor' conviction overturned by federal appeals court

    01/12/2016 12:08:14 PM PST · by Zakeet · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2016
    A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out a veteran's conviction for wearing military medals he didn't earn, saying it was a form of free speech protected by the Constitution. A specially convened 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the First Amendment allows people to wear unearned military honors.
  • U.S. Airman Who Disarmed Train Gunman To Receive Purple Heart

    09/16/2015 12:37:05 PM PDT · by SteveinSATX · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2015 | Yeganeh Torbati
    A U.S. airman who helped disarm a gunman on a Paris-bound train last month will receive a Purple Heart medal, the U.S. Air Force leader said on Monday, in an unusual award of the honor to a serviceman wounded while not in a combat zone. (snip) In addition to the Purple Heart, Stone will receive the Airman’s Medal, the Air Force’s highest non-combat award for bravery. The medals will be awarded at a ceremony at the Pentagon this week.
  • Air Force to award highest non-combat medal to train-attack hero

    08/24/2015 5:45:33 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 70 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | By Tara Copp
    The Air Force is awarding Airman First Class Spencer Stone its highest non-combat honor, the Airman’s Medal, for his heroic actions aboard a Paris train, the Air Force announced Monday. Stone, Alek Skarlatos and college friend Anthony Sadler took down a gunman wielding an AK-47 and box cutter as he began an assault on a high-speed train bound for Paris late Friday. The trio have been hailed as heroes in France, where they were awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest honor, on Monday by French president Francois Hollande. “What the gunman did not expect was a confrontation with our...
  • Info Requested: WWII Medals/Ribbons [Vanity]

    01/13/2015 5:49:21 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 24 replies
    01/13/115 | self
    I need a little help from knowledgeable FR posters. My wife recently came across her father's WWII medals. They were in poor shape. He was a member of Company C, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. His company was known as the "Sharpshooters of Munshausen." Anyway, my wife wants to get replacements and we came across a loose clasp that simply said, "1000." Her father was awarded the CIB and also the sharpshooter medal. I am assuming that "1000" means he qualified at 1000 yards. Am I correct?
  • (vanity) Plz help identify these (Army?) military ribbons

    11/09/2014 8:57:44 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 20 replies
    11/9/14 | marty f
    Hi all-- My wife's family is trying to identify these military medals that belonged either to my father-in-law (post-WWII army) or to his brother-in-law (WWII Navy). We've searched a couple of websites and have identified a bunch of other patches/medals exept for these: and related bar pin? And how about this one?
  • Ribbon and Tin

    08/13/2014 8:44:31 PM PDT · by EC1 · 19 replies
    Medals mean jack. I got a tobacco tin full of them going back a bunch of generations. They made no one's life better. Didn't put food on the table. A lot of them are of the "I was there" variety. Nothing exotic. No life or death charges, just people wanting not to die and usually succeeding. Yesterday I was privileged to watch the awarding of a DSO. It's a rare thing, a bit like the Medal of Honor, except you bleed for it but keep on breathing. Our only higher award is the Victoria Cross. That tends to be given...
  • Obama Executive Order Makes Foreign Armies Eligible for DoD Medal

    04/19/2014 12:46:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | April 18, 2014 - 4:24 pm | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama signed an executive order today extending eligibility for the third-highest Defense Department recognition to foreign armies. “Executive Order 12019 of November 3, 1977 (Establishing the Defense Meritorious Service Medal), is amended by inserting, ‘or to any member of the armed forces of a friendly foreign nation,’ after ‘any member of the Armed Forces of the United States,’” said the short order. …
  • Final Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 medal count: Russia finishes with most medals

    02/23/2014 9:04:42 AM PST · by Altenkrug · 45 replies
    SB Nation ^ | Feb 23, 2014
    The 2014 Winter Olympic games are in the books, and despite the United States and Russia being tied in the medal count mid-way through Saturday, the Russians pulled away Sunday to win the most medals of any nation. Russia finished with 33 medals overall, including an Olympic-high 13 golds. Launching them to first place were the country's men's cross-country 50 kilometer mass start racers on Sunday. Russia swept that event as Alexander Legkov took gold, Maxim Vylegzhanin took silver and Ilia Chernousov took bronze. The Russians also took gold in the four-man bobsled event. Team U.S.A. was second in overall...
  • Does NBC Show Medal Ceremonies?

    02/21/2014 11:05:28 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 25 replies
    2/21/14 | Originalbuckeye
    I watched the young American win the Ladies Ski Halfpipe last night. I saw her celebrate with hugs from friends/competitors. I didn't see the Gold being awarded to her.
  • [SPOILER ALERT]-Results for Olympics Ice Dancing

    02/17/2014 10:28:07 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 11 replies
    2/17/14 | Hoagy62
    Did we do it?
  • Olmpic medals per capita

    02/16/2014 3:35:36 PM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 26 replies
    Medals Per Capita ^ | Craig Nevill-Manning
    All time & each Olympics As you scan the Olympic medal tally, one thing stands out: larger countries tend to win more medals. An obvious exception, especially in 2008, is Australia, who won the fifth largest number of medals with a population of 23 million, 52nd largest of Olympic countries. The obvious next question is: who leads the world in medals per capita? This site, which is updated daily during the Olympics, provides the answer.
  • Sochi Gets a Visit from the La Taxa Nostra: All Olympic Medals are Subject to Federal Income Tax

    02/09/2014 11:36:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/09/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Somebody has to cover the cost of Sandra Fluke's contraceptives.  So, with that in mind, government mafia extortionists disguised as the IRS are eagerly awaiting the tally on Olympic gold, silver and bronze.  At the SOTU, Barack Obama said of the Sochi Olympics: "We believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being, regardless of race or religion, creed or sexual orientation." Then he said, "Next week the world will see one expression of that commitment when Team USA marches the red, white and blue into the Olympic stadium and brings home the gold."  Translation:  The president...
  • Be Prepared....

    04/19/2013 7:20:14 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 15 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 4/18/2013 | Me
    The almost non existent Obama during all this will suddenly show up and parade all the cops and investigators involved with this terror strike around DC town. The Media will gush about how well Obammy handled this situation, just like he had been there and caught the guy himself! Comparisons will be made between Bush's 9/11 and Obammys. Then the media "analysis" of what is wrong with America and how it turned an innocent little boy into a radical. Ive stocked up on Gin and antacids for the coming gushing media blitz about Obammy and his leadership.
  • Official: Production stopped on new medal [drone pilot award under review]

    03/12/2013 8:34:58 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    AP via Charter ^ | Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:58 AM EDT | PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The military has stopped production of a new medal for remote warfare troops as it considers complaints from veterans and lawmakers over the award, a government official said Tuesday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the Distinguished Warfare Medal, which was to be awarded to troops who operate drones and use other technological skills to fight America's wars from afar. Announcement of the review is expected at a Pentagon news conference later Tuesday.
  • Veteran's Stolen WWII Medals Replaced by Fellow Marine

    12/22/2012 10:48:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NB San Diego ^ | Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 | Monica Garske, Tony Shin and Elena Gomez
    The war medals were stolen from a home in Vista sometime between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15San Diego County sheriff’s detectives are looking for the suspect or suspects responsible for stealing several World War II medals from a veteran's home in Vista. According to detectives, the war medals were stolen during a residential burglary in the 1000 block of Prospect Place sometime between November 27 and December 15. They were the only item taken from the home. The medals have no real monetary value, detectives said, but they do hold great sentimental value to the owner, a World War II...
  • Olympics 2012: Medal Count Proves US Is Still World's Most Dominant Athletic Country

    08/12/2012 6:23:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 08/12/2012
    The 2012 London Olympic Games have officially come to a close and, once again, the U.S. sits atop the medal count. In Beijing they did the same thing, but the host nation China made it interesting. America topped the Chinese by 10 in the overall medal count, but China earned 15 more gold medals than America—China had 51 and the U.S. had 36. However, in London, the U.S. reemerged as the dominant athletic country. The United States earned 104 medals, 15 more than any other country—China was second with 87. Plus, the Americans took back their lead in golds, winning...
  • North Korea's Key to Olympic Medals: Refrigerators For Winners, Labor Camps for Losers

    08/02/2012 12:31:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/2/12 | JOOHEE CHO
    North Korea's Olympic athletes are thrilling their countrymen with surprising success in winning medals and they are attributing their success to their Dear Leader Kim Jong Un. But others, including former North Korean athletes who have defected, suggest the success of the country's small contingent of athletes at the games may be the result of a policy of training them from a very young age at specialized schools, backed up by rewards like cars and refrigerators for winners and the threat of labor camps for losers. North Korea ranks 14th in the overall medal count, but fifth in terms of...
  • Go for the Gold! (Pay the IRS.) [16 y/o Gold medalist owes taxes for medal]

    08/01/2012 2:30:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 1, 2012 | JONATHAN V. LAST
    Because conservatives are scrooges, the good folks at Americans for Tax Reform have gone through the fine print to find out what our Olympians will have to cough up to the IRS should they be lucky enough to win any medals in London. Even by the standards of our government, the numbers are insane.For instance: Americans who win bronze will pay a $2 tax on the medal itself. But the bronze comes with a modest prize—$10,000 as an honorarium for devoting your entire life to being the third best athlete on the planet in your chosen discipline. And the IRS will...
  • Economic Countdown To The Olympics : Predicting Olympic Medals

    07/15/2012 6:53:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/15/2012 | Tyler Durden
    In the second part of our five-part series on The Olympics (Part 1 here) we ponder the impossible to predict - the medal count. As Goldman notes: Economists like to think that the toolkit of their profession helps them explain many things or, as some would claim, everything that is interesting about human behavior. In the context of the forthcoming Olympic Games in London, therefore, the key question is whether economic variables can help explain and predict success at the Olympics itself. At one level, this seems like a daft question even to consider. It is hard to imagine...
  • Iraq, Afghan War Vets Toss Away Their Medals.

    05/21/2012 1:50:28 PM PDT · by izzatzo · 24 replies
    NBCChicago ^ | 05/21/2012
    Dozens of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans who say NATO's military policies are a failure took their combat medals and threw them away in a symbolic event following a rally and march. The vets literally tossed their medals when the march stopped near McCormick Place where dignitaries, world leaders and NATO brass were discussing world events. Veterans took the microphone one-by-one at a rally after a more than 2-mile march to the summit site from a downtown Chicago park. One veteran was 30-year-old Erica Slone of Cambridge, Ohio. Slone says her service taught her integrity and if she wants to...
  • Thieves Among Honor

    05/31/2010 6:51:22 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 14 replies · 854+ views
    The Free Library ^ | January 13, 2010 | William McMichael
    In 1997 Wes S. Cooley, a sitting first-term eastern Oregon congressman, was convicted on charges he'd lied about his military service in official state voter guides. Cooley had claimed Korean War service with Army Special Forces. An Oregon newspaper learned that Cooley hadn't finished training until nearly a month after the signing of the 1953 armistice. A judge sentenced Cooley to two years' probation, a $5,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. Well-known actor Brian Dennehy often shared stories of his service with the Marines in Vietnam. Burkett verified that the movie tough guy was indeed a former Marine...
  • Vanity- Need help some of my Father's medals

    04/28/2010 8:30:23 AM PDT · by TexasBarak · 61 replies · 1,657+ views
    My father passed awaythis weekend. Shortly before he passed, he asked my mother to assemble his various medals. Yesterday at the visitation, my brothers asked me about a couple of them, and I was unable to identify them, so I'm asking for some Freeper help here-
  • Winter Olympics Medal Trends

    03/01/2010 8:07:34 AM PST · by mattstat · 493+ views
    The 2010 Winter Olympics are over and the USA came out on top with the highest medal count at 37. Germany was next at 30, followed by Canada at 26. Lost in those numbers is any measure of difficulty. Gold medals are lumped together with Silver and Bronze. And we lose any indication of the overall challenge: more competitors mean more challenging games. For example, if there were only three countries competing, then coming in third place is no great distinction. The overall number of medals is also a floating marker. This is because the number of games included in...
  • Iraqi yob who spat on WWII hero's medals escapes jail ( England )

    02/27/2010 6:58:56 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies · 963+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 25th February 2010
    An Iraqi-born yob who spat on a World War II hero's medals on Remembrance Day yesterday escaped jail. Serwan Abdullah, 23, targeted Timothy House while he was wearing his late grandfather’s honours after a commemorative parade. Mr House, 44, who was recovering from a broken hip and was also looking after a 91-year-old wheelchair-bound veteran when the attack happened, said he was left ‘outraged and very angry’. Abdullah showed no remorse and told officers he had done ‘nothing wrong’ adding: ‘F*** him and f*** his medals.’ The medals Mr House was wearing were awarded to former paratrooper Company Sgt Major...
  • [Spoiler Alert] Gold and silver wins in Nordic combined

    02/25/2010 2:51:20 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 24 replies · 1,316+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/25/10 | Elaine Thompson
    <p>Billy Demong and Johnny Spillane have given the Americans a 1-2 finish in the Nordic combined large hill competition that was marred by bad weather.</p> <p>Demong, of Vermontville, N.Y. ended America’s golden goose egg in Nordic sports at the Winter Games by winning the 10-kilometer cross-country leg in 25 minutes, 32.9 seconds Thursday.</p>
  • Hollywood cares more for its vets&#8217; honors than the Defense Department its own stars

    09/25/2009 6:59:15 AM PDT · by USMCVIETVET · 4 replies · 357+ views
    Maggies Farm ^ | 9/24/09 | Bruce Kesler
    Hollywood cares more about its stars than the Defense Department about its own. One can go online and find every Academy Award winner on its database. Not only does the Defense Department not have a comprehensive or complete database of all those awarded medals of valor but the Defense Department is opposed to proposed legislation to create one. What’s wrong with an Honor Roll for those we have honored?
  • Agents bring medals home

    08/22/2009 8:33:11 AM PDT · by Peter Horry · 16 replies · 693+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | August 22, 2009 | Allyson Bird
    MOUNT PLEASANT -- Five dark-suited FBI agents showed up at Patriots Point on Friday with two Civil War-era Medals of Honor. And while the agents had few details about the investigation it took to bring the medals to their new home, they didn't mince words when it came to describing the kind of people involved in the theft of the nation's highest military honor. "I can't imagine anything more despicable than taking away the honor of those people who earned those medals," said David Thomas, South Carolina special agent in charge. The FBI investigates stolen and counterfeit Medals of Honor...
  • 29 Palms Marine receives Navy Cross (Bravo Zulu!)

    08/21/2009 6:45:50 AM PDT · by pabianice · 10 replies · 911+ views
    Navy Times | 8/21/09
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  • FReeper Canteen ~ Happy 77th Birthday to The Purple Heart ~ 07 August 09

    08/06/2009 6:00:00 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 201 replies · 3,155+ views
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~Happy 77th to the Purple Heart Canteen Mission StatementShowing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies militaryand the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. President George W. Bush shakes the hand of Marine Cpl. Andrew L. Tinsley of Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, after Cpl Tinsley was presented the Purple Heart during a visit by the President and Laura Bush to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. White House photo by Paul Morse. The Purple Heart is an American decoration-the oldest military decoration in...
  • Few Medals of Honor given for Iraq, Afghan wars

    08/01/2009 8:01:16 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies · 840+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Aug 01, 2009 | By KEVIN FREKING
    Eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. About 4,000 members of the U.S. military killed in action. More than 34,000 wounded. Just six considered worthy of America's highest military award for battlefield valor. For some veterans and members of Congress, that last number doesn't add up. They question how so few Medals of Honor—all awarded posthumously—could be bestowed for wars of such magnitude and duration. Pentagon officials say the nature of war has changed. Laser-guided missiles destroy enemy positions without putting soldiers in harm's way. Insurgents deploy roadside bombs rather than engage in firefights they're certain to lose. Those...
  • Limited Medals of Honor for Iraq, Afghan wars

    08/01/2009 5:04:44 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 19 replies · 1,853+ views
    AP ^ | August 1, 2009 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. About 4,000 members of the U.S. military killed in action. More than 34,000 wounded. Just six considered worthy of America's highest military award for battlefield valor. For some veterans and members of Congress, that last number doesn't add up. They question how so few Medals of Honor—all awarded posthumously—could be bestowed for wars of such magnitude and duration. Pentagon officials say the nature of war has changed. Laser-guided missiles destroy enemy positions without putting soldiers in harm's way. Insurgents deploy roadside bombs rather than engage in firefights they're certain...
  • Dutch queen presents commando highest medal (equivalent to MoH or VC)

    06/14/2009 5:23:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 1,042+ views
    Queen Beatrix awarded a Dutch commando the country's highest military medal on Friday for his heroics leading an elite military unit in Afghanistan. Beatrix pinned the Willems Order cross and orange ribbon on Capt. Marco Kroon before slapping him on the left shoulder with her right hand to knight him at a ceremony in The Hague. It was the first time in more than 50 years that the medal has been awarded to an individual soldier. It also can be awarded to entire military units. Beatrix said Kroon showed "courage, discretion and dedication" in leading a commando unit in the...
  • Iraqi Police, U.S. Soldiers Strengthen Bonds with Medals, Soccer

    05/19/2009 4:40:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 250+ views
    TIKRIT, Iraq, May 19, 2009 – Nine Iraqi police officers at two stations in Kirkuk city received U.S. Army Achievement Medals awarded by the 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, May 14. Army Lt. Col. Terry Cook, right, faces off against an Iraqi police officer during a soccer match at a police station in Kirkuk, Iraq, May 14, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Justin Naylor  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The first five awards went to police officers who maintain safety of the city through effective patrolling. Army Lt. Col....
  • Administrator accused of lying about military service retires (Southern Illinois University)

    02/14/2009 4:42:54 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 28 replies · 1,119+ views
    Daily Egyptian (Southern Illinois) ^ | February 13, 2009 | Brian Feldt
    Daily Egyptian > News Administrator accused of lying about military service retires Brian Feldt Published: Friday, February 13, 2009 Updated: Friday, February 13, 2009 James Scales, the university’s director of Career Services who was accused this month of lying about his military service, will retire effective March 1, university spokesman Rod Sievers said Friday. Sievers said Scales will immediately utilize his vacation days and not return to work. According to a university statement, Scales cited health and personal reasons. Scales hung up the phone when asked for comment from the DAILY EGYPTIAN. “I have enjoyed my association with the university...
  • Veteran to Get Flying Cross, 65 Years Later (World War II Airman for Bombing Mission)

    01/30/2009 7:09:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 544+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Wednesday Jan 28, 2009
    Lest anyone doubt the significance that veterans and the armed forces place upon the medals they earn, for the second time in as many weeks a local veteran will receive recognition for bravery in wars decades ago. Thursday is 87-year-old Joseph Moser's turn. The Whatcom County resident will receive the Distinguished Flying Cross at McChord Air Force Base on Thursday for his actions 65 years ago over Germany. Photo by Gabriel Rodriguez Joe Moser in 2008 Moser, originally a farm kid from Ferndale, on July 30, 1944 -- more than three weeks after the Normandy invasion -- earned the award...
  • U.S. Army Medals Recognize Afghan Soldiers’ Improvement

    12/05/2008 4:45:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 264+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 5, 2008 – A battalion, or “kandak,” of Afghan soldiers celebrated a milestone Dec. 4 when the U.S. Army decorated them for their military achievements. U.S. Army Maj. Brian Gary, an embedded training team leader, presented medals to more than 30 soldiers with the Afghan National Army’s 1st Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 207th Corps, during a ceremony held at Camp Zafar in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat. The Army Commendation Medal was awarded to nine members of the unit, including the kandak’s commander, Lt. Col. Raheem Khan of Khowst province. Khan has commanded the unit for the past...
  • The Heroes of Bali (the villains do not deserve the limelight - these people do)

    11/08/2008 11:37:07 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 289+ views
    Various Australian Sources | 9th November 2008 | Vanity
    The Bali bombers died this morning. And while their deaths are news and must be reported, I believe it is right to acknowledge the heroism that came out of that terrible day. On October 12th 2002, at Bali, Indonesia, Islamist terrorists detonated a number of bombs in an attempt to kill innocent victims. 202 people were killed. 88 of these were Australians. This makes it, by far, the greatest terrorist atrocity in Australia's history - and it ranks quite highly on the overall list. We remember the dead, but for some reason, in my opinion at least, we haven't really...
  • ‘I Just Gave John McCain My Purple Heart’(Please read, it's worth your time)

    10/23/2008 5:40:40 PM PDT · by Bush Revolution · 23 replies · 759+ views
    National Review ^ | 23OCT2008 | Byron York
    At John McCain’s rallies these days, the talk is of taxes and Joe the Plumber and the financial crisis and mortgage relief and an end to wasteful federal spending. Those are all perfectly fine things for a campaign to emphasize; polls show voters of all stripes are overwhelmingly concerned about the economy. But at McCain’s events, you’ll also find people who’ve come for another reason, one that is slipping in the polls of voters’ concerns but is deeply personal to them: the war in Iraq. “I just gave John McCain my Purple Heart,” Marine Sgt. Jack Eubanks told me a...
  • Vietnam vet gets Bronze Star

    10/01/2008 5:46:41 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 332+ views
    UPI ^ | Oct. 1, 2008 | UPI
    More than 38 years after being recommended for a Bronze Star, a Texas man has received the medal for helping avert a Viet Cong attack in South Vietnam. Jim Greenwalt of Rockwall, Texas, a former U.S. Army sergeant, helped to prevent a surprise attack by Viet Cong, the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday."I fired at muzzle flashes, sounds, any movement," Greenwalt said, recalling the violence that repelled a Viet Cong attack.Greenwalt's bravery on Jan. 30, 1970, was remembered at a ceremony at Fort Hood, in central Texas, after a paperwork snafu delayed the honor.The U.S. Army has awarded more than...
  • Yahoo Medal Count

    08/23/2008 5:38:54 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 31 replies · 273+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 08/23/08 | Yahoo
    After listing the total medal count by the highest number of medals won, Yahoo now lists China first due to more Gold medals.
  • U.S. will be rocked by China’s heavy medals

    08/22/2008 10:06:32 PM PDT · by · 47 replies · 613+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 08-08-22 | Dan Wetzel
    BEIJING – Across the Chinese media, the story has hit saturation coverage. China, once mocked as “the weaklings of Asia,” is going to win what it calls the total medal count for the Beijing Games.
  • Forgotten heroes of Long Tan (and other battles)

    08/15/2008 6:45:48 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 220+ views
    The Australian ^ | 15th August 2008 | Mark Dodd
    ON Wednesday night Harry Smith uncorked two bottles of fine red wine to celebrate the award of gallantry medals to his men for their role in the epic Battle of Long Tan. "The fat lady has finally sung," Smith told The Australian. ..... The main problem with the retrospective awarding of gallantry medals is deciding what point to stop, says historian Michael McKernan, former head of the Australian War Memorial. He warns of possible legal problems with awarding the Victoria Cross of Australia to World War I heroes, for example. ..... McKernan says it remains incomprehensible that 18-year-old Oerlikon gunner...
  • Minneapolis police: A mistake, an apology and then medals[Medals For Shootout w/ Home Defender]

    07/31/2008 9:50:44 AM PDT · by BGHater · 41 replies · 238+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 30 July 2008 | RODRIGO ZAMITH
    A family whose house was raided by police in error is outraged that eight officers involved were honored. Police say the eight, who also took fire, "performed bravely." First, the city apologized. Then it gave awards. Eight Minneapolis officers received medals in City Hall Monday for their valor in a botched raid that the city apologized for last year. That isn't sitting well with the family shot at multiple times by the officers. "I'm shocked that they're receiving awards for that night," said Yee Moua. "My family is a mess right now. My [9-year-old] son, who saw the shooting, still...
  • I-TEAM: SWAT Team Honored For Raid On Wrong House (MN)

    07/30/2008 7:01:46 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 71 replies · 239+ views ^ | 7/29/08 | Caroline Lowe
    On Monday, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan handed out honors to a team of officers involved in a botched raid at an innocent family's home more than seven months ago. The family is upset and their attorney criticizes the awards and questions the timing. Just days before Christmas, the sound of intruders breaking into their home in North Minneapolis prompted Vang Khang to grab his shotgun to protect his six children. His terrified wife called 911. Khang fired several shots at the "intruders" who turned out to be members of the Minneapolis Police Department's SWAT team. The officers returned fire....
  • Major gongs for heroic Our Boys (Impressive deeds of bravery and honor by UK troops is recognized)

    07/24/2008 10:21:17 PM PDT · by Stoat · 15 replies · 4,143+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | July 25, 2008 | TOM NEWTON DUNN
        Major gongs for heroic Our Boys   Award ... Captain Paul Britton is congratulated by Major General Gary Robison    By TOM NEWTON DUNN Defence Editor Published: Today     AN Army officer who led a battle despite a lump of burning shrapnel in his shoulder was one of 19 forces heroes awarded the Military Cross yesterday.   Praise ... Lieutenant General Graeme Lamb  Captain Paul Britton, 28, refused morphine so he could control artillery and air strikes to beat off Taliban attackers in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Royal Artillery officer was wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade...
  • Mullen Presents Medals for Valor to 12 Paratroopers in Afghanistan

    07/12/2008 12:02:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 178+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan, July 12, 2008 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday took the opportunity to present 12 paratroopers with awards here for valorous and heroic achievements in combat. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen pinned five Army Commendation Medals with valor devices, five Purple Heart Medals, one Bronze Star with valor device, and one Silver Star on the troopers’ chests during a ceremony at their combat outpost here. “It’s an honor and privilege to be here,” Mullen said to the awardees. “This ceremony is about individuals who represent the sacrifice of so many.” The paratroopers are assigned...
  • RSL: Let diggers take medals on flights

    04/23/2008 9:23:04 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 16 replies · 110+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 24 April 2008
    THE Returned Services League has called for military personnel and veterans carry to be allowed to carry their medals with them on commercial flights. RSL national president Major General Bill Crews said he knew of at least one incident in which a veteran was told by airport security he could not bring medals on board an aircraft because of the security risk. Maj-Gen Crews said airports should show more trust. "Airport security and the government in particular should recognise that people carrying medals are those whose own service is distinguished by those medals and who have the trust of the...
  • Defense Department Civilians Receive Global War on Terror Medal

    02/26/2008 3:36:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 267+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2008 – Fourteen Defense Department civilians became the first to receive the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism during a ceremony at the Pentagon today. The medal, approved Aug. 7, 2007, recognizes the contribution of DoD civilians operating in direct support of military forces engaged in the war on terror. According to Pentagon statistics, seven DoD civilians have been killed in the line of duty in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 16,000 DoD civilians have qualified for the award, according to Patricia Bradshaw, the deputy undersecretary...
  • Bishops refuse to back badge girl (Girl suspended from Catholic school for wearing medals)

    02/09/2008 3:41:21 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 114+ views
    Irish News ^ | February 8, 2008 | By Diana Rusk
    ‘BULLIED’: 15-year-old Catrina McDermott, who was suspended for wearing religious badges, one representing St Patrick, the other a guardian angel PICTURE: Courtesy Fermanagh Herald THE Catholic bishops have refused to back the stand taken by a 15-year-old girl suspended from a Catholic school for wearing emblems of her faith. Catrina McDermott was suspended from St Eugene’s College in Roslea, Co Fermanagh, this week because she refused to remove or hide two religious badges. Her parents said the fourth-year pupil had been wearing the St Patrick and guardian angel symbols on her lapel to give her comfort following bullying when she...
  • Vets Urged to Show Their Medals, Mettle(Happy Veterans Day, Vets!)

    11/11/2007 5:57:19 AM PST · by kellynla · 40 replies · 48+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 11, 2007 | Jennifer Harper
    There are 24 million Americans with these common memories. In the next few hours, many of the nation's veterans will recall their military service — the highs and lows, the guts and glory — not to mention boots, buddies, commanders, bivouacs, chow, deployments, homecomings. Hoo-ah. Oo-rah. Hip-hip. But wear your medals today. That's an order. The Department of Veterans Affairs has suggested all vets pin on their military decorations on Veterans Day for a well-earned display of personal pride and patriotism. There's more at stake, though. "By wearing our decorations, we show the world the unity of our support for...