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Valor Friday

| May 24, 2024 | 15 Comments
Valor Friday

We discussed yesterday the recent passing of Brigadier General Clarence “Bud” Anderson. He was the last American triple ace still living. He shot down 16 German Luftwaffe planes in the skies over Europe between 8 March and 5 December 1944. He earned five Distinguished Flying Crosses for his successes. Read them here. Post-war, Anderson remained […]

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Valor Friday

| May 17, 2024 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

Earlier this week, Ed directed our attention to the valorous actions of Staff Sergeant Brett Meil (USMC). If he’d done what he did in combat, he’d more than likely be given a Medal of Honor. As I’ve discussed before, that’s about the only surefire way to get one, but your odds of living to receive […]

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Monday minor notes

| May 13, 2024 | 22 Comments
Monday minor notes

First of all, as I write this on Sunday – Happy Birthday to two rock icons. Stevie Winwood, whose long and illustrious career is perhaps exemplified by his screaming keyboard intro to Spencer Davis’ Group  “Gimme Some Loving”  turned 76 today (okay, yesterday for those who are a little slow.)  A big cake for him, […]

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Valor Friday

| May 10, 2024 | 14 Comments
Valor Friday

Kurt Chew-Een Lee was the child of Chinese immigrants. Growing up in Sacramento, when America entered World War II, Lee was only 15. As a participant in JROTC during those high school years, it should be no surprise that he enlisted as soon as he turned 18. The eldest son of six children (three boys, […]

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Valor Friday

| May 3, 2024 | 9 Comments
Valor Friday

Don’t let the bookish looks of this bespectacled man deceive you. This guy was a straight up badass. Benjamin Wilson enlisted in the Army before WWII. He was at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Schofield Barracks wasn’t a prime target of either of the two waves of Japanese aircraft. It was […]

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Valor Friday

| April 26, 2024 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

August 1917. The US has now been a part of World War I for months. Vast numbers of men and war materiel have been mobilized. The US Army grows to a size unheard of in the history of the country. As part of that, whole new divisions were being created seemingly every day. Among the […]

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Valor Friday

| April 19, 2024 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

Ronald Rosser was born in 1929, the eldest of 17 children, in Columbus, Ohio. From 1929, Rosser’s parents had one kid just about every year for 18 years. Coming of age during World War II, Ronald was too young to see active service in that conflict, but he did enlist at the age of 17 […]

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Valor Friday

| April 12, 2024 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

I briefly mentioned today’s subject when I was talking in detail about another man. Staff Sergeant Rodney Yano earned the Medal of Honor (posthumously) for valor in action while a helicopter crewman over Vietnam.  The pilot of the chopper that day was John Bahnsen. Bahnsen was suggested as a Valor Friday candidate in his own […]

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