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Merrill Marauder receives Congressional Gold Medal, dies that night

| May 22, 2022 | 17 Comments
Merrill Marauder receives Congressional Gold Medal, dies that night

Poetrooper sends in the sad, but heartwarming story of Raleigh Nayes. He received the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of his old unit, the WWII Merrill’s Marauders. He was only one of three of the roughly 3,000 men that served in the unit that were still alive. The Marauders were a special operations force in […]

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Valor Friday

| May 20, 2022 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

Picture this. It’s 6 June, 1944. You’re a young lieutenant in the US Army’s 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (the same regiment as the famous Band of Brothers). After being scattered all over the Normandy countryside, you and your men have regrouped and are pushing the war on the Germans at […]

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Valor Friday

| May 13, 2022 | 12 Comments
Valor Friday

Continuing my series of those who’ve served in more than one Army, I have an American today. Joseph Beyrle was the third of seven kids born to German immigrant parents in 1923 Michigan. He enlisted into the US Army in June 1942 and volunteered for the nascent paratroopers. He turned down a baseball scholarship to […]

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Puerto Rican naval officer of both World Wars might receive a delayed upgrade to MoH

| May 10, 2022 | 7 Comments
Puerto Rican naval officer of both World Wars might receive a delayed upgrade to MoH

There’s been a lot of revisiting past bravery awards over the past 30 or so years. This has generally been to right the wrongs of history in regards to past racism, but not always. Rear Admiral Frederick Riefkohl of the US Navy is one of 214 in the latest round of awards that are being […]

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Valor Friday

| May 6, 2022 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

I have something of a bit of a series I’ll be starting here, men who fought in more than one army. I’ve already talked about two, the legendary “Soldier of Three Armies” Larry Thorne (Finnish Army, German Wehrmacht, and American Army) and Richard Stern (Imperial German and American Army). Fighting for multiple countries was actually, […]

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Army officer receives promotion to BG 100 years after his death

| May 1, 2022 | 12 Comments
Army officer receives promotion to BG 100 years after his death

Here’s an interesting one. Charles Young is an inspiring historical figure. Born to enslaved parents in 1864 Kentucky he would become one of the first black men to attend West Point (scoring second-highest on the entrance exam). His father had escaped slavery in 1865 and served with the 5th United States Colored Heavy Artillery Regiment […]

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Valor Friday

| April 29, 2022 | 4 Comments
Valor Friday

On 9 April 1940, the Nazi German Wehrmacht launched an invasion of Norway. This was just a few months after the Invasion of Poland which set the world to war, just days before the Battle of France that would see that country fall to German control, which itself was followed by Operation Barbarossa (the Invasion […]

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Valor Friday

| April 22, 2022 | 6 Comments
Valor Friday

As I research my subjects, I find some amazing stories. What drives me to tell these stories is to remember these men and women. By remembering who they were, what they did, and why they did it, I hope that I’m honoring their memory. On very rare occasions, I come across an article that’s written […]

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