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Valor Friday

| January 22, 2021 | 11 Comments
Valor Friday

I’m going to return to telling some valor stories that revolve around vehicles again. I talked a while back about the B-24 “Flak Bait” that flew more missions than any other American aircraft during World War II. Today’s subject has an incredible story, but the aircraft was sadly scrapped in 1945. There is only one […]

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Family of still-missing WWII Medal of Honor recipient asks DOD to stop using his name

| January 14, 2021 | 14 Comments
Family of still-missing WWII Medal of Honor recipient asks DOD to stop using his name

Alexander “Sandy” Nininger was a 1941 graduated of West Point and was in the Philippines, assigned to the Philippine Scouts, when America was attacked by Imperial Japan. Hours after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, they attacked the Philippines, surprising most of the aircraft on the ground, destroying them. So began a months long valiant […]

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Inside the U.S. Army’s Warehouse Full of Nazi Art

| January 13, 2021 | 5 Comments
Inside the U.S. Army’s Warehouse Full of Nazi Art

The New Yorker magazine takes a look into the loads of Nazi art confiscated by the US Army in the closing days of World War II. In the final days of the Second World War, a train loaded with relics of the collapsing Third Reich was speeding toward the Czech border when American pilots, flying […]

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Valor Friday

| January 8, 2021 | 2 Comments
Valor Friday

This is Part II in a continuing series exploring just who is the “Most Decorated”. Part I can be found here from last week. We worked our way up through the Second World War. Things get a bit difficult after that. The Korean War happened just after World War II. Many of those decorated during the […]

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Valor Friday

| January 1, 2021 | 19 Comments
Valor Friday

When researching past heroes, it’s common to see a phrase like “most decorated soldier” of a particular war, but what exactly does that mean? It’s largely open to some interpretation. Both the Army and the Air Force have point based systems in place for awards and decorations when it comes time to promote to certain […]

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Another One Has Passed….

| December 28, 2020 | 8 Comments
Another One Has Passed….

A Tuskegee Airman was given a flyover a few days before his 100th birthday. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/12/28/pilots-honor-tuskegee-airman-flyover-virginia.html Unfortunately, he passed shortly thereafter, without reaching his centennial birthday. Mr. Farrar spent his life after World War II was over as an aerospace engineer, working for the FAA until he retired. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/12/21/former-tuskegee-airman-alfred-thomas-farrar-dies-age-99.html Catch the tailwind, Mr. Farrar. 2nd star […]

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Why do men throughout history, in all cultures, fight to the end?

| December 28, 2020 | 22 Comments
Why do men throughout history, in all cultures, fight to the end?

Poe sends in this PJ Media piece that provides some insight. Going back to antiquity there are countless stories of warriors fighting to the last man against overwhelming odds. What is it in our nature that leads us to do this? PJ Media takes a look at Michael Walsh‘s survey of historical Last Stands: Why […]

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Valor Friday

| December 25, 2020 | 9 Comments
Valor Friday

A special Christmas story of valor for today. To all who shall read these presents, Merry Christmas! Christmas Day, 1944. Bastogne, Belgium. Nine days have passed since the Germans counter attacked Allied forces in what would come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge, the deadliest battle of World War Two for the […]

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