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  • Bernard F. Fisher, Honored for Bold Vietnam Rescue, Dies at 87

    09/03/2014 7:47:56 AM PDT · by Borges · 28 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/2/2014 | PAUL VITELLO
    Col. Bernard F. Fisher, who received the first Medal of Honor awarded to an aviator during the Vietnam War for a daring rescue of another pilot in the face of enemy fire on an airstrip, died on Aug. 16 in Boise, Idaho. He was 87. His son Bradford confirmed the death. Colonel Fisher held the rank of major on March 10, 1966, when, despite the warnings of fellow pilots and radio controllers, he landed on an embattled airstrip where another flier had crashed, taxied under heavy fire to find him, and got his comrade and himself out alive.
  • 50th anniversary of York’s death to be celebrated Monday

    09/02/2014 11:58:48 AM PDT · by Borges · 71 replies
    “God would never be cruel enough to create a cyclone as terrible as that Argonne battle. Only man would ever think of doing an awful thing like that. … And I’m telling you the little log cabin in Wolf Valley in old Tennessee seemed a long, long way off.” With those words, Sergeant Alvin C. York recalled the intensity of the October, 1918 battle that defined him for generations of Tennesseans as the most highly decorated American soldier of World War I, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor among numerous other awards. In those moments of battle, York, of Fentress...
  • Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

    07/21/2014 2:39:20 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/21/14 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan. Pitts, a 28-year-old former Army staff sergeant from Nashua, New Hampshire, is the ninth living veteran of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor. In a...
  • 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...
  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/25/2014 9:26:07 AM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 10 replies
    Vanity ^ | May 5, 2014 | Donald J. Taylor
    (This is an update of a previous posting) In Memory of a Fallen Comrade I write this in memory of one we left behind, MSG William B. Hunt, U.S. Army Special Forces, MIA, November 4, 1966. It is an account of the sacrifice he made to his country, to his comrades, and to the Vietnamese people. In November 1966, SSG Hunt and I served together at Special Forces ODA Camps under Detachment B-32, 5th Special Forces Group, Tay Ninh Province, in the Republic of Vietnam. Hunt was with ODA-322 at Camp Suoi DA, and I was assigned to ODA-323 at...
  • 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 recipient to be buried today

    03/08/2014 7:25:00 PM PST · by South40 · 12 replies
    LATimes ^ | 3/8/2014 | Esmeralda Bermudez
    A funeral service with a special graveside ceremony is scheduled Saturday afternoon to honor Walter Ehlers, a Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Ehlers single-handedly took out enemy gun nests during the D-day invasion and drew fire to himself to save other soldiers. He died Feb. 19 at 92 of kidney failure. He will be buried at Riverside National Cemetery with full military honors at 1 p.m., said Jim Ruester, spokesman for the cemetery. Seating has been set up for 500 people. The Army's 1st Infantry Division will send a three-star general and 32 soldiers from Kansas to...
  • 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...
  • Today in U.S. Military History - 3 March 1945

    03/03/2014 3:29:39 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    3 March 1945 - Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan Three Marines and Two FMF Corpsmen earn the Medal of Honor.
  • Walter D. Ehlers, one of last surviving WWII Medal of Honor recipients, dies at 92

    02/25/2014 6:47:28 AM PST · by Freeport · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 24, 2014 | Karl de Vries
    When Walter D. Ehlers was 23 years old, he charged through enemy fire to destroy two German machine gun nests, kill seven enemy soldiers, put a halt to a mortar barrage and carry a wounded buddy to safety – all after he had been shot in the side by a sniper. The date: June 9, 1944. The place: Normandy, France. The mission: The D-Day invasions and the effort to liberate Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany. Amid countless acts of bravery from young men like Ehlers, the Buena Park, Calif. resident's heroism stood out, and he received the Medal...
  • 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...
  • The last Medal of Honor recipient to have stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day dies at 92

    02/21/2014 12:08:23 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Daily mail ^ | 2-21-14 | Ryan Gorman
    Ehlers was awarded the Medal of Honor ‘for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty’ on June 9 and 10, 1944, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He ‘repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership.’ Ehlers heroically defended his unit from ‘withering machine gun fire’ and mortars, personally killing at least seven Nazi soldiers, taking out multiple enemy positions
  • Today In U.S. Miiltary History 20 February 1945 - Pfc. Jack Lucas, USMC (MOH)

    02/20/2014 6:15:54 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 17 replies
    20 February 2014 | Self
    Pfc. Jacklyn Harold Lucas, USMCR (MOH) From Today in U.S. Military History: 20 February 1945 – Iwo Jima, Japan Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands 20 February 1945. While creeping through a treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain front line on D-plus+1 Day, Private First Class Lucas and three other men were suddenly ambushed by a hostile...
  • John J. McGinty III, Vietnam veteran who received the Medal of Honor, dies at 73

    01/22/2014 7:59:06 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 21, 2014 | By Emily Langer
    John J. McGinty III, a retired Marine Corps captain who received the Medal of Honor for his efforts to lead, protect and rally his outnumbered platoon during an assault in a jungle in Vietnam, died Jan. 17 at his home in Beaufort, S.C. He was 73. The cause was bone cancer, said his son Michael McGinty. Capt. McGinty was awarded the nation’s highest military decoration for valor during a battle in the summer of 1966. SNIP Instead, they were met with a full regiment of the North Vietnamese army. The Americans took control of an enemy hospital and endured two...
  • Rodolfo Hernandez, 82, Dies; Awarded Medal of Honor

    12/26/2013 6:05:01 AM PST · by DFG · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/24/2013 | DANIEL E. SLOTNIK
    Rodolfo Hernandez, who received the Medal of Honor for rushing into heavy fire while wounded and armed with only an inoperable rifle and bayonet and then killing six enemy soldiers during the Korean War, died on Saturday in Fayetteville, N.C. He was 82. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announced his death on its website. Mr. Hernandez was an Army corporal trying to hold a hill in May 1951 when his platoon was overwhelmed by attackers accompanied by heavy mortar, artillery and machine gun fire.
  • Mistreated hero wants old job back

    10/24/2013 1:43:22 PM PDT · by DFG · 2 replies
    During last night’s World Series opener Major League Baseball staged a salute to our military heroes, complete with three living Medal of Honor recipients, including the newest, Will Swenson. Likely similar tributes will take place two or three times during the remainder of the National Football League season too. Giant flags will wiggle across the fields. Color guards will parade. The broadcast team will cut away to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan where troops in camo uniforms will wave at the cameras. There may or may not be a flyover by fighter-jets; those are mostly on hold because of...
  • 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 awards Medal of Honor to Army Capt. William Swenson

    10/15/2013 11:44:23 AM PDT · by Doogle · 35 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 10/15/13 | FOX
    Medal of Honor presentation.... Army Capt. William Swenson http://live.foxnews.com/#/2553193403001
  • 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>
  • MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS MEET IN GETTYSBURG

    09/20/2013 7:21:32 AM PDT · by shove_it · 3 replies
    AP ^ | 20 Sep 2013 | MARK SCOLFORO
    ~snip~ Nearly half of the 79 living recipients of Medal of Honor are attending the gathering in Gettysburg, where some of its first recipients fought 150 years ago. The Medal of Honor Society annual convention gives the public an opportunity to collect the signatures of the men who have been honored by Congress for risking their lives beyond the call of duty in combat, and dozens of people waited Thursday for them to return from a luncheon at a nearby farm once owned by President Dwight Eisenhower...
  • 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...
  • Yakima council renames street for Medal of Honor recipient [then lawsuit threatened]

    09/04/2013 12:21:59 PM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    Yakima Herald ^ | Sept 4, 2013 | Dan Catchpole
    Pendleton died in 1944 in Bardenburg, Germany, sacrificing himself to help knock out enemy machine guns that had pinned down his unit. The council first considered the petition — which was backed by two veterans groups — in August, but it hesitated when a resident objected, saying the city hadn’t fairly considered his group’s 2006 proposal to rename the street after civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez. Having determined that the city duly considered the earlier petition, the City Council passed the current proposal. But the resident who objected, Alonzo Marquez, accused the council of “race discrimination,” and threatened...
  • 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,...
  • The Day Dad Received the Congressional Gold Medal

    08/22/2013 10:26:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2013 | Larry Elder
    Given the choice between having a Marine Corps of 5,000 whites and 500,000 blacks, then-Marine Corps Commandant Lt. Gen. Thomas Holcomb said he would much rather have the whites. That was over 70 years ago. America has travelled quite some distance from the time of that racist statement to the election and re-election of a black President. Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, was not just another picture-perfect sunny California day. It was the proudest day of my life and in the life of my family. My father, Randolph Elder, posthumously received the highest civilian award Congress can grant, the Congressional Gold...
  • 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...
  • America’s honor

    05/27/2013 10:00:43 AM PDT · by DFG
    Power Line ^ | 05/27/13 | Scott Johnson
    On Memorial Day 2007 the Wall Street Journal published a characteristically brilliant column by Peter Collier to mark the occasion. I don’t think we’ll read or hear anything more thoughtful or appropriate to the occasion today. Here it is: Once we knew who and what to honor on Memorial Day: those who had given all their tomorrows, as was said of the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy, for our todays. But in a world saturated with selfhood, where every death is by definition a death in vain, the notion of sacrifice today provokes puzzlement more often than admiration....
  • A Songwriter And An Army Dad Share One Touching Story

    05/16/2013 12:10:21 PM PDT · by BronzePencil · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | 5-15-13 | NPR Staff
    Two years ago on Memorial Day, Nashville songwriter Connie Harrington was driving in her car, listening to a story on the public radio program Here & Now. And she heard a father remembering his son — a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. "He mentioned that he drove his son's truck," Harrington says. "And he went on to describe the truck." Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was 30 when he was killed in action in 2006. In the radio broadcast, his father, Paul, said his reasons for driving the truck Jared left behind were simple: "What can I tell you?...
  • 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...
  • Medal of Honor Recipient: New Drone Medal is ‘Ludicrous’

    03/14/2013 1:10:05 PM PDT · by Saint X · 29 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 3/14/2013 | U.S. Naval Institute
    The creation of the new medal honoring unmanned vehicle pilots and cyber troops, “is a telling and sad commentary on the judgment of those who are responsible for the creation and approval of this award,” Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam veteran, told USNI News on Wednesday.
  • Medal of Honor winner Clint Romesha declines State of the Union invite from Michelle Obama

    02/12/2013 5:36:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    Just a day after receiving the Medal of Honor by the president of the United States, former Army staff sergeant Clinton Romesha has declined an invite by the first lady to be her guest at the State of the Union address Tuesday night. He said that after some soul searching he decided he’d rather spend the evening with friends from his former unit, his wife Tammy — with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday — and their families, CNN reports.
  • Enemy in the Wire! – Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha Medal of Honor Recipient

    02/11/2013 4:24:06 AM PST · by Doogle · 17 replies
    DODlive ^ | 2/08/13 | Glenn Selby
    Former Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha was a section leader during the Oct. 3, 2009, attack on Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan, one of the deadliest attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan. Eight American soldiers were killed and two dozen others wounded. This harrowing battle was marked by the heroism of many, including Romesha who fought to save his life and those of his fellow soldiers. On Monday, February 11, President Barack Obama will award Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha the Medal of Honor. In honor of his award, the Army has produced a three-part series highlighting Romesha from the...
  • 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...
  • Romney Endorsed By 42 Medal Of Honor Recipients

    09/27/2012 1:02:45 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    TRN News ^ | 9/27/2012 | Zach Schwartz
    Today Mitt Romney announced the endorsements of 42 Medal of Honor recipients including Thomas Norris who was one of three Navy SEALs to receive the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War and Leo Thorsness, who spent six years in captivity in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war. In a statement released by the campaign, Thorsness said he believed Romney was the right man to lead the nation because he understands the needs of America’s soldiers and that healthcare will be easy to obtain under his leadership for those fighting for our country overseas. In the...
  • Vietnam war hero to receive posthumous Medal of Honor 42 years later

    05/16/2012 4:20:27 AM PDT · by Doogle · 10 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 05/16/12 | Justin Fishel
    t was May 10, 1970, in Se San, Cambodia. Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. and his platoon were ambushed by a large enemy force. The 22-year-old riflemen from Ellwood City, Pa., charged the enemy position, killing several soldiers, and then attacked an enemy flanking force, drawing fire away from his comrades. As the enemy retreated, a grenade landed near Sabo and a wounded American soldier. Sabo picked it up and threw it, while shielding his comrade with his own body. The grenade blast badly injured Sabo, but he continued to charge the bunker. Crawling towards the enemy stronghold he was...
  • 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....
  • EDITORIAL: Honoring a Marine hero (Sgt. Rafael Peralta)

    03/22/2012 5:42:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2012 | Editroial
    Review board should approve Medal of Honor for Sgt. PeraltaU.S. Marine CorpsSgt. Rafael Peralta was a hero who was denied full recognition for his acts of valor. This injustice should be reversed. Sgt. Peralta was in the thick of the fight during the bloody Second Battle of Fallujah in November 2004. While clearing a house, his unit came under close-quarters fire from insurgents, and Sgt. Peralta was felled by a round to the back of his head. While he was lying wounded, a grenade thrown by fleeing insurgents landed near him. “Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own...
  • Minnesota's last Medal of Honor recipient dies

    01/02/2012 2:41:55 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies · 2+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 01-02-12 | ap
    Mike Colalillo, the last Medal of Honor recipient in Minnesota, has died. He was 86. Colalillo died Friday at a Duluth nursing home, the Dougherty Funeral Home confirmed Monday. He received the nation's highest military honor for bravery in combat for killing or wounding 25 Germans and helping a seriously wounded comrade to safety during a fierce firefight near Untergriesheim, Germany, on April 7, 1945, toward the end of World War II. Forty-six Minnesotans, including Colalillo, have received the Medal of Honor, according to the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley in Little Falls. According to the Medal of Honor...
  • Marine Who Won Medal of Honor Fights Allegations He is Mentally Unstable

    11/29/2011 2:02:24 PM PST · by DFG · 35 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11/29/11 | OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN
    In September, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's most prestigious military award, to Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the marine who saved 36 of his comrades during an ambush in Afghanistan. Obama called Meyer one of the most "down-to-earth guys that you will ever meet." But today Meyer, 23, is having trouble getting a job because of allegations by defense contractor BAE Systems that he has a drinking problem and is mentally unstable. Meyer filed legal papers Monday claiming the allegations were in retaliation for objections he raised about BAE's alleged decision to sell high-tech sniper scopes to the...
  • 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.
  • Memorials Set as Former Marine Gets Medal of Honor

    09/15/2011 6:24:24 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 9 replies · 1+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | September 15, 2011 | AP via FOXNews.com
    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 fallen 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. "It's hard, it's ... you know ... getting recognized for the worst day of your life, so it's... it's a really tough thing," Meyer said, struggling...
  • Marine to receive Medal of Honor

    08/13/2011 7:04:52 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 10 replies
    Reuters via WTKR ^ | 08-13-11 | n/a
    President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration for valor, to a former active duty Marine Corps corporal, the White House said on Friday.
  • Marine to receive Medal of Honor next month

    08/12/2011 7:47:41 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | August 12, 2011 10:22 p.m. EDT
    ... He will be honored during a White House ceremony September 15. Meyer will be the third living Medal of Honor recipient from service in the current war theaters. No longer on active duty, Meyer returned to Columbia, Kentucky. "The award honors the men who gave their lives that day, and the men who were in that fight," Meyer said, according to a Marine newsletter. "I didn't do anything more than any other Marine would. I was put in an extraordinary circumstance, and I just did my job." Meyer, who serves in the Inactive Ready Reserve of the U.S. Marine...
  • '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...
  • Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Army Ranger

    07/12/2011 4:22:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 2+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 12, 2011 – President Barack Obama today awarded the country’s highest military honor to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, an Army Ranger who was shot in both legs and had his hand blown off while saving his fellow soldiers during a firefight in Afghanistan. Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry received the Medal of Honor at a July 12, 2011, White House ceremony for conspicuous gallantry in combat. U.S. Army photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Petry became only the second living veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the award,...
  • Obama mistakes first surviving Medal of Honor recipient for a DEAD hero soldier

    06/24/2011 10:49:12 AM PDT · by Justaham · 30 replies
    President Obama made an embarrassing blunder during an address to U.S. soldiers. Speaking at Fort Drum in upstate New York yesterday, the President mixed up two Medal of Honor recipients, referring to dead hero soldier Jared Monti as alive. For the members of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division who listened to the President's speech, the remark no doubt came as a shock. The President said: 'Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a President, I’ve always run into you guys. And for some reason it’s always in some rough spots....
  • Awful… President Obama Makes Horrible Mistake Dishonoring Medal of Honor Winners (Video)

    06/23/2011 5:28:57 PM PDT · by curth · 63 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Thursday, June 23, 2011, 7:01 PM | Posted by Jim Hoft
    This was absolutely awful. Barack Obama made another horrible mistake today. The president visited the 10th Mountain Division today and congratulated them on their service. Then he told the soldiers that he had given the Medal of Honor to Jared Monti who came back from Iraq alive. Jared Monti was actually killed in Iraq in 2006. How sad. “First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours,...