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  • Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Wesley Fox dies at 86

    11/27/2017 4:24:35 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 11/27/17 | NIKKI WENTLING
    Marine Corps Col. Wesley Fox, who received the Medal of Honor for successfully leading his company through an enemy attack during the Vietnam War and retired decades later at the mandatory age of 62, died the evening of Nov. 24 in Blacksburg, Va. He was 86. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society confirmed his death Monday but did not provide a cause. As a boy growing up in rural northern Virginia and watching his older cousins leave to fight in World War II, Fox always planned to join the military, he said in an interview preserved by the Library of...
  • Trump awards Medal of Honor to Special Forces medic who braved Vietnam gunfire

    10/23/2017 1:18:18 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 23, 2017 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    Officially, retired Army Capt. Gary “Mike” Rose was never in Laos at the height of the Vietnam War. Rose, now 69, served as a medic in the Military Assistance Command Studies and Observations Group, an elite division of the Special Forces. It was so secret that, for more than four decades, he never spoke about it to anyone – not even the people he served with. Those that served with him, however, never forgot the bravery he showed during a four-day mission, called “Operation Tailwind,” in the landlocked country in September 1970. Rose, then a sergeant, ran through a hail...
  • Trump to award medal of honor to Vietnam veteran

    09/20/2017 5:18:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept 20, 2017 | Max Greenwood
    President Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Ret. Army Capt. Gary M. Rose, a Vietnam War veteran, for risking his life as a medic to provide emergency treatment to his fellow troops. Rose, who lives in Huntsville, Ala., is expected to receive the nation's highest military honor on Oct. 23, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. Rose was awarded the nation’s second highest medal for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross, in 1971. Members of the military and Congress have lobbied for years for him to receive the Medal of Honor, according to Stars and Stripes...
  • President Trump to award his first Medal of Honor

    06/13/2017 12:22:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WTKR-TV ^ | June 13, 2017 | CNN
    President Donald Trump will award his first Medal of Honor as president to James McCloughan of the US Army for “conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War.” In a ceremony planned for July 31, McCloughan will receive the honor for actions he took over the course of 48 hours in close-combat fighting against enemy forces in Vietnam in 1969. McCloughan, who was 23 at the time, was serving as a private first class combat medic after being drafted. He voluntarily risked his life on nine separate occasions to rescue wounded and disoriented comrades. He suffered wounds from shrapnel and small arms...
  • Charlie Liteky, who gave back his Medal of Honor, dies

    01/22/2017 10:37:36 AM PST · by redcatcherb412 · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 22, 2017 | associated press
    Charlie Liteky, an Army chaplain in Vietnam who won the Medal of Honor for rescuing more than 20 wounded men but later gave it back in protest and became a peace activist, has died.
  • (NJ) Medal of Honor recipient honored with wreath

    12/23/2016 6:32:23 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    bergen record ^ | December 23, 2016 | Kelly Nicholaides
    PARAMUS ― Nicholas Oresko was soldier of slender build and small stature ― he stood about 5 feet 7 inches ― but his heroics were the stuff of legend. A recipient of the Medal of Honor, he survived enemy fire and killed a dozen German soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. “Nick changed the course of the war,” said Joe Cutolo, commander of American Legion Post 21 in Cresskill. “When I got to know him, he said he got up on that morning, looked up and said, ‘God, I’m cold and tired. If I die,...
  • Richard Pittman, Marine Who Fended Off Vietnam Ambush, Dies at 71

    10/30/2016 7:33:29 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 23 replies
    NYT ^ | 29 Oct 2016 | DANIEL E. SLOTNIK
    Lance Corporal Pittman grabbed a machine gun and belts of extra ammunition and rushed ahead, firing into the enemy position. He destroyed two enemy automatic weapons and kept advancing, into what the Medal of Honor citation described as “a withering hail of enemy mortar and small-arms fire” to reach wounded Marines 50 yards up the trail. “As he reached the position where the leading Marines had fallen, he was suddenly confronted with a bold frontal attack by 30 to 40 enemy,” the citation continued. “Totally disregarding his safety, he calmly established a position in the middle of the trail and...
  • When Cadets At A US Airforce Academy Realized Their Janitor Was Medal Of Honor War Hero

    09/29/2016 12:54:02 PM PDT · by PROCON · 66 replies ^ | Sep. 28, 2016 | Jeff Edwards
    Perhaps it was the way he carried himself in an unassuming and humble manner, but day after day hundreds of Air Force Academy cadets would pass this janitor in the hall oblivious to the greatness that was among them. In the mid-1970s, William Crawford might spend one day sweeping the halls and another cleaning the bathrooms, but it was a day approximately 30 years prior that would create for him a special place in the history of war. In 1943 in Italy, the only thing Private William Crawford was cleaning out was German machine gun nest and bunkers.Under heavy...
  • An airman is being considered for the Medal of Honor

    09/03/2016 7:58:33 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 14 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | September 3, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Air Force is considering upgrading the valor award won by TSgt. John Chapman from an Air Force Cross to a Medal of Honor. A recent review of a drone surveillance video of a 2002 firefight between a US special ops team and Al Qaeda fighters in the mountains of Afghanistan that killed seven Americans is now a focus of controversy. The newly discovered video shows that a Navy SEAL team left the area because its members believed Chapman to have been killed. The video, however, suggests that Chapman was still alive, that he killed two more insurgents and provided...
  • Unfathomable heroics of airman left behind by SEAL Team 6

    08/28/2016 6:08:17 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 33 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 28 August 2016 | By Ariel Zilber For
    The United States could be on the verge of posthumously awarding its highest military honor to a soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan – and the news is stirring controversy. Sgt. John Chapman, an air force technician who was serving as a radioman for the elite SEAL Team 6 during mission in Afghanistan, died in fierce combat against Al Qaeda gunmen on an Afghan mountaintop on March 4, 2002. The Americans led a coalition of nations in the military effort to destroy Al Qaeda and the Taliban following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Medal Of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg

    11/18/2015 4:34:04 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 1 replies ^ | 11/17/15 | Stephen Colbert
    Medal Of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg tephen sits down with Retired U.S. Army Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg, who was awarded the Medal Of Honor by President Obama on November 12.
  • Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Awarded Medal of Honor Almost 50 Years Later

    07/13/2016 1:54:48 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | 7/1/16 | Zach Rosenberg
    Lt. Col. Charles S. Kettles, an Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, will be awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony later this month for an act of heroism almost 50 years ago. At the time he was given the Distinguished Service Cross, but a dedicated amateur historian finally talked the Department of Defense into reviewing the matter. Following an act of Congress and a Presidential signature (required for Medal of Honor awards), Kettles will receive his new medal in a July 18 ceremony at the White House.
  • Vietnam captain recalls trick that faked the enemy, saved lives and earned Medal of Honor

    06/25/2016 8:23:17 AM PDT · by Signalman · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/24/2016 | Carole Glines
    Army Capt. Paul “Buddy” Bucha faked out the enemy while leading a motley crew in Vietnam. The Medal of Honor recipient was hailed as a hero after he made North Vietnamese fighters believe his 187th Infantry Regiment was much bigger than it really was. The combination of bravery and cunning helped him earn the nation's highest military honor, an award bestowed upon him by the president. In 1967, Bucha — who graduated from West Point and earned an MBA at Stanford — arrived in Vietnam and was given a squad filled “with the rejects of all the other units,” including...
  • 2nd Zumwalt-class destroyer christened in honor of Navy SEAL

    06/18/2016 4:02:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | June 18, 2016 | Patrick Whittle / AP
    BATH, Maine (AP) — The mother of a fallen Navy SEAL christened the second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer Saturday in honor of her son, who died in Iraq when he threw himself on an insurgent's grenade to save the lives of two fellow SEALS. The 610-foot, 15,000-ton ship, built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works for the U.S. Navy, was named for Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor. The 25-year-old California native died in 2006 and was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. "May God bless this ship, and all who sail within her," said Sally Monsoor before smashing a...
  • Second Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer christened at Bath Iron Works

    06/18/2016 1:48:14 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies ^ | !8 June 2016 | J. CRAIG ANDERSON
    The future USS Michael Monsoor is named after a Navy SEAL who was killed saving the lives of others in Iraq. At least 1,500 people attended the event, including all four members of Maine’s congressional delegation and several family members of the ship’s namesake, a Navy SEAL who was killed on Sept. 29, 2006, in Iraq after he jumped on top of an enemy grenade to absorb the blast. Petty Officer 2nd Class Monsoor’s act of herosim saved the lives of three fellow SEALS and eight Iraqi Army soldiers. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2008.
  • Historic 1886 Winchester rifle draws world record-breaking $1.2 million at auction

    05/14/2016 2:17:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 100 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 14, 2016 | Jennifer Harper
    It has a fine walnut stock, a blue finish and a very simple inscription that reads “Albee to Lawton.” But this 19th-century rifle has become the most expensive single firearm ever sold at auction according to the Rock Island Auction Company, which recently sent the historic piece to a new destiny with an undisclosed buyer. The price: $1,265,000. “Other guns have sold higher as a pair, but no other single firearm surpasses this new world record. It was an honor to be entrusted with an American treasure,” said Kevin Hogan, president of the Illinois-based company. The rifle itself was a...
  • Obama admin. snubs Medal of Honor recipients, names warships after liberal politicians

    04/12/2016 4:21:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    As the Obama administration this week named another warship after a politician, a new report is circulating in Congress that shows that nearly 200 Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipients have never been awarded such an honor, contrary to naval guidelines and tradition. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who has named several ships after Democrats and liberal activists not connected to the military, was in Detroit on Monday to announce that an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Carl M. Levin. The Michigan Democrat served 31 years in the Senate and chaired the Senate Armed Services...
  • The newest Medal of Honor recipient has a devotion to St. Michael

    03/03/2016 4:39:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 21 replies
    cna ^ | 03.03.16 | Michelle Bauman
    President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, U.S. Navy SEAL, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 29, 2016. Senior Chief Byers receives the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)On Monday, Navy Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. was awarded the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony.The 36-year-old SEAL received the U.S. Military’s highest honor for his...
  • Navy SEAL Medal of Honor recipient proved mettle in hand-to-hand combat

    02/28/2016 8:27:48 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 35 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Feb 28, 2016 | N/A
    The Navy SEAL who will become on Monday the sixth member of that elite force to receive the Medal of Honor proved his mettle in hand-to-hand combat in Afghanistan – or more accurately, hand-to-throat. During a daring nighttime raid in 2012 to rescue an American citizen from Taliban clutches, Edward Byers Jr. leaped across the room to shield the hostage from oncoming fire while simultaneously engaging a Taliban guard. “While covering the hostage with his body, Chief Byers was able to pin the enemy combatant to the wall with his hand around the enemy’s throat,” according to a Navy news...
  • Navy SEAL to receive Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan

    02/03/2016 6:13:15 AM PST · by pabianice · 5 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 2/2/16 | Dickstein
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will award the nation’s highest award for military valor to a senior enlisted Navy SEAL for his actions during a 2012 raid in Afghanistan that freed an American civilian from captivity. Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers, a special warfare operator, will receive the Medal of Honor on Feb. 29, the White House announced Tuesday. He’ll be the 11th living servicemember to receive the award for actions in Afghanistan and only the third sailor presented the medal since the 9/11 terror attacks... Byers, 36, is a native of Toledo, Ohio, who enlisted in the Navy...