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We need to talk about this South African badass Leo Prinsloo

| May 7, 2021 | 10 Comments
We need to talk about this South African badass Leo Prinsloo

South Africa has produced many excellent soldiers, at least 20 of which have received the Victoria Cross (the Commonwealth equivalent of our Medal of Honor). It’s therefore no surprise that an armored car driver would be cool, calm, and collected during a attack by heavily armed gangsters. One other thing South Africa has is an […]

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Colonel Ralph Puckett to receive the Medal of Honor for Korean War action

| May 4, 2021 | 10 Comments
Colonel Ralph Puckett to receive the Medal of Honor for Korean War action

Colonel Ralph Puckett, US Army (ret), is already a living legend within the US Army Ranger community. His Distinguished Service Cross from the Korean War, when he was a first lieutenant, is being upgraded to the Medal of Honor. Puckett commissioned into the Army after matriculating from West Point in 1949. After World War II […]

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Valor Friday

| April 30, 2021 | 27 Comments
Valor Friday

Would you believe that there was a man who served in the Nazi German Waffen SS as an officer that later went on to serve in the US Army? No just serve, he was commissioned an officer. Perhaps even more incredible, he would join the elite Green Berets and fight in Vietnam. All of this […]

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Oldest MoH recipient, Charles Coolidge passes away; Age 99

| April 9, 2021 | 10 Comments
Oldest MoH recipient, Charles Coolidge passes away; Age 99

Poetrooper sends in the sad news that Charles Coolidge has passed at the age of 99 on 6 April. He was the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient and one of only two still alive from WWII. He was the last MoH recipient from the European Theater of the war. As you can see from […]

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Valor Friday

| March 26, 2021 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

Today’s subject comes by way of a request, though I have been wanting to do an article on him for quite some time. Students of history such as me are often drawn to the most interesting characters. By this I mean people whose personality can transcend their professional, even extraordinary, accomplishments. Fascinating historical figures like […]

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Soldier literally jumps out of window to escape his (semi-)deployed boredom

| March 17, 2021 | 15 Comments
Soldier literally jumps out of window to escape his (semi-)deployed boredom

I say “semi-deployed” in the title, because this soldier was in Poland. Not exactly the fertile crescent, but it probably counts as a deployment. Much the way that a taxpayer-paid vacation deployment to Crete counts. Anyway, this young man did the E-4 Mafia proud. Out of boredom one day in the cold fuel operations section, […]

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Valor Friday

| March 12, 2021 | 8 Comments
Valor Friday

In the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union, the rest of the Communist Bloc countries also fell. Decades of ethnic and economic tensions boiled over. One place this came to a shooting war (and crimes against humanity like ethnic cleansing) was the former Yugoslavia, specifically Bosnia. As the civil war drew in forces […]

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99 year old 82nd Airborne vet finally receives medals from WWII

| February 24, 2021 | 12 Comments
99 year old 82nd Airborne vet finally receives medals from WWII

This story about Marvin Cornett receiving his earned awards decades after bureaucratic incompetence was sent in by Jeff LPH 3. Reminds me an awful lot about my grandfather, who’d be 101 now. He too was wounded in Italy and never received a Purple Heart for it. Like Sergeant First Class Cornett, he also believed that […]

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