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  • When Rucker called the roll—A Soldier’s Story

    08/10/2011 5:25:04 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 5 replies
    Huntington News ^ | August 10, 2011 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    On August 10, 1905, Amos Rucker, an ex-Confederate soldier and proud member of the United Confederate Veterans, died in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Soldier allegedly cut fingers off dead Taliban

    08/08/2011 10:17:22 AM PDT · by MadMitch · 26 replies
    bbc ^ | 8/8/2011 | bbc
    The Ministry of Defence is investigating claims that a soldier sliced fingers off dead Taliban fighters to keep as souvenirs.
  • Family seeks recognition for soldier slain in Arkansas (Purple Hearts for Long & Ezeagwula)

    07/26/2011 3:05:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/26/11 | JEANNIE NUSS
    Family seeks recognition for soldier slain in Ark.By: JEANNIE NUSS | Associated Press 07/26/11 4:36 PM Andy Long lies in a military cemetery in Arkansas, between a Persian Gulf veteran and a man who served in Korea. While the tombstones around him say where the soldiers served, the granite slab marking the 23-year-old's grave doesn't list a military campaign — at least, not one the Army recognizes. In the two years since Long was killed and another soldier was wounded outside a military recruiting station in Little Rock by a self-professed jihadist, their families have struggled to convince the military...
  • Two U.S. Soldiers Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq

    07/07/2011 9:49:52 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published July 07, 2011 | Associated Press
    BAGHDAD -- A roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers Thursday outside the main American military base in Baghdad in what U.S. officials said appeared to be another attack by Shiite militias hoping to drive U.S. troops out of Iraq. The attack follows the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq in two years. Fifteen U.S. soldiers died in June, nearly all in attacks by Shiite militias. ----- Thursday's bomb, which was detonated near a checkpoint outside Victory Base Camp, was a powerful armor-piercing explosive known as an EFP, according to two military officials with knowledge of the attack. EFPs typically...
  • LI man busted for 'pretending' to be soldier

    06/27/2011 12:59:06 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 23 replies · 1+ views
    This GI Joe wannabe got a hero's welcome just by dressing the part. A Long Island man was arrested for donning an Army uniform and brazenly posing as a soldier so he'd get bumped up to first class on a flight to JFK from the Dominican Republic, Port Authority cops have charged. Rock Diaz, 22, of Freeport, has a history of pretending to be a military man to get VIP treatment, cops said -- he once even smooth-talked his way into a jetliner's cockpit, where he was photographed sitting at the controls wearing a goofy grin. The mile-high huckster was...
  • Commander In Chief Misspeaks About Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

    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, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously." The problem is, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously, September 17, 2009. President Obama handed the framed medal...
  • How a society girl left her glamorous life to become one of America's first women in Iraq

    06/20/2011 7:58:39 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9:40 AM on 20th June 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The daughter of a prominent New York lawyer has told of her amazing transformation from sheltered, society girl to seasoned combat veteran. Former Manhattan jetsetter Jane Blair swapped her pampered life in New York to become one of the first women on the frontline in Iraq. In her new memoir Hesitation Kills, Mrs Blair, now a 38-year-old captain in the Marine Reserves, recalls the moment that changed her life. She said: 'I grew up in this environment where I never had to work for a living. My dad told me, "I will always take care of you".' She was in...
  • NETCOM/9th names soldier, NCO of the year

    06/11/2011 12:55:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A pair of Signal Corps soldiers were named the top soldier and noncommissioned officer for the Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army) Friday morning. And for one, Pfc. Jonathan Budnik — the command’s Solider of the Year — there were three surprises when his father, mother and grandmother showed up during the competition by coming to Arizona from Nevada. Named NCO of the Year was Sgt. Harold Stoker, who represented the 311 Signal Command (Theater) located at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, who heads NETCOM/9th, her senior enlisted adviser Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Williams...
  • 5 American Soldiers Killed in Iraq

    06/06/2011 5:08:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 41 replies
    In the single largest loss of life for the American military in Iraq in the past two years, five troops were killed in central Iraq, U.S. officials said.
  • Slain Digger cited by NATO as heroic fighter (Australian solder posthumously decorated by the USA)

    06/03/2011 4:35:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 4th June 2011 | Matthew Miller
    Elvi Wood, centre, the widow of Sergeant Brett Wood, receives support at her late husband's funeral in Sydney yesterday, with Julia Gillard looking on. ON the day he was put to rest, Sergeant Brett Wood was revealed as one of the most extraordinary soldiers to have served under the Australian flag, a man who had fought so well in a string of battles just before his death that his bravery was recognised by the US commander of the NATO campaign in Afghanistan. ..... Sergeant Wood had served previously in Bougainville, East Timor and Iraq, and, finally, in Afghanistan. Ms Wood...
  • Salt Lake artist's statue captures smile of soldier killed in Iraq

    05/28/2011 7:42:30 AM PDT · by Heuristic Hiker · 4 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 27, 2011 | Jed Boal
    SALT LAKE CITY - As Hans Borbonus walked into the sculptor's studio, he got his first glimpse of his son's smile crafted in clay. "It does something to you," he said, visibly moved by the moment. When it is cast in bronze, the statue of the young American soldier killed in Baghdad will stand as a lasting memorial near his hometown of Boise.
  • 'Courageous' soldier Mark Ward to present FA Cup

    05/13/2011 10:51:12 AM PDT · by Mitch86 · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12 May 2011
    A soldier praised for his courage in Afghanistan, which saw him awarded the Military Cross for bravery, is to present the FA Cup to the winning side. Cpl Mark Ward was chosen to present Saturday's prize to the winning captain because of his "inspirational leadership" as a section commander. A member of the Mercian Regiment, based in Catterick, North Yorks, he will be guest of honour at the Wembley final between Manchester City and Stoke City. He said he was "extremely proud". Among those who have previously presented the trophy are Prince William, the Queen, Winston Churchill and Sir Bobby...
  • 'Wikileaks' soldier Bradley Manning moved to new prison [busting rocks @ Fort Leavenworth.......]

    04/19/2011 3:52:55 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    'Wikileaks' soldier Bradley Manning moved to new prison The US soldier accused of leaking a trove of secret government documents later published by the Wikileaks website is to be moved to a military prison in Kansas, officials have said. Pte First Class Bradley Manning has been held pending court martial at a Marine Corps base in Virginia. His transfer comes amid international criticism of his treatment. His supporters say he has been confined to a cell for 23 hours a day and forced regularly to undress. Suspect's 'best interest' At a press conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday, defence department...
  • Town duped by her story of service (Fake soldier, MN)

    04/17/2011 3:34:08 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies · 2+ views ^ | 4/17/11 | Mark Brunswick
    The town of Cass Lake embraced Elizabeth McKenzie last month when she arrived at the high school in her Army uniform for a welcome home ceremony. Though she isn't a tribal member, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Honor Guard gave her a blanket and an eagle feather to honor her as a woman warrior for her service in Afghanistan. There was a tribal drum ceremony and a reception line. Accepting the town's gratitude, McKenzie talked about the close calls she'd had and a war injury that brought her home. She led the march in the high school gym, carrying...
  • 400 Rounds, 17 Grenades, & 30 Enemies: Soldier Single-Handedly Beats Back Taliban Barrage

    03/25/2011 2:48:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/25/11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    It took him 400 rounds, 17 grenades, and a machine gun tripod used as a weapon, but one British Gurkha soldier single-handedly beat back an attack by 30 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan last summer. And now he‘s getting one of his military’s highest honors: Sergeant Dipprasad Pun, a 31-year-old from Bima in western Nepa and part of the Gurkha regiment serving the British Military, is receiving the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for bravery. It’s well deserved. According to his superiors, Pun’s fearsom fighting is responsible for saving the lives of at least three other soldiers. Yesterday, he explained his unbelievable battle...
  • Judge says Abdulhakim Muhammad fit for trial in soldier death (Arkansas recruiter shooter)

    03/17/2011 8:39:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Fox 16 ^ | 3/15/11
    Judge says Muhammad fit for trial in soldier deathUpdated: 3/15 6:00 pm LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Pulaski County circuit judge's declaration that Abdulhakim Muhammad is fit to stand trial has cleared the way for his trial to begin July 18 on charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a soldier at a Little Rock recruiting station, and the wounding of another man. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Judge Herb Wright pronounced Muhammad fit for trial Tuesday after Muhammad defense attorney Claiborne Ferguson said he would not challenge a state examination that ruled the defendant fit. Muhammad, a Muslim...
  • N.J. Man Dies In Russian Roulette Game

    03/08/2011 11:37:17 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Authorities say an Alaska-based soldier told police a fellow soldier asked for a bullet to put in a gun's empty chamber before he fatally shot himself during a drunken game of Russian roulette. Jacob Brouch is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 26-year-old Army friend -- Michael McCloskey of Beverly, N.J. -- following the early Sunday shooting at Brouch's home in Eagle River, an Anchorage suburb.
  • Minnesota Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

    02/28/2011 7:34:29 PM PST · by Son House · 5 replies ^ | Feb 28, 2011 |
    A military policeman from Rosemount has died in an attack in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Spc. Andrew C. Wilfahrt died Sunday when insurgents attacked his unit in Kandahar province using a homemade bomb. The 31-year-old Wilfahrt was assigned to a military police battalion based in Hawaii. He enlisted in the Army in January 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan last July. Principal John Wollersheim says Wilfahrt graduated from Rosemount High School in 1997.
  • Military Mom Pays High Price For Speaking With Son (TENNESSEE)(VIDEO)

    02/20/2011 9:45:32 AM PST · by GailA · 150 replies
    News 5 Nashville ^ | 2/17/11 | Amanda Hara
    WOODBURY, Tenn. - A military mom said she would do anything to answer her son's phone call from overseas, no matter what the cost. Some seven months ago, Lance Corporal Mark Rhyne left the little town of Woodbury, for the remote deserts of Afghanistan. "I told my son the day he deployed as he was about to get on that bus, 'I will stand in your steed while you are gone, I will stand,'" his mother Teresa Danford said. On Monday, while working inside the Crane Interiors factory, Teresa Danford said she kept her word. Mark called from Afghanistan, using...
  • Soldiers fighting in Afghanistan fired by e-mail (UK)

    02/15/2011 7:01:18 AM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 5 replies ^ | Feburary 15, 2011 | MSNBC Staff
    Britain's military has apologized for using e-mails to tell dozens of long-serving soldiers that they were being laid-off. The army says an "administrative error" meant the soldiers were not told in person that their contracts would be ended. British media reported that the soldiers were 38 warrant officers with more than 20 years' service each. The Sun newspaper reported that the group put in a total of 836 years' service and includes a member of the Royal Tank Regiment who is currently serving in Afghanistan. (snip) According to reports, up to 100 trainee pilots will be dismissed by the Royal...