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Valor Friday

| January 21, 2022 | 1 Comment
Valor Friday

I came across today’s subject by chance while working on another article. I thought his story was amazing and hope you do too. One thing that you’ll see when studying American military history as I do is that award citations have become more verbose and detailed over time. What passed for an awards package seems […]

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Another Is Known

| January 16, 2022 | 14 Comments
Another Is Known

Missing more than 50 years, Vietnam pilot’s remains to be returned to Grandview family BY CORY MCCOY A missing pilot who gave his life in the Vietnam War could soon be laid to rest by his family. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said officials recently were able to brief the family of U.S. Naval Reserve […]

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Valor Friday

| January 14, 2022 | 17 Comments
Valor Friday

Sometimes you come across a man’s story that really is so fantastic that it stretches the bonds of credulity. Then you find out that it’s entirely true. You’re left wondering just why this man’s life hasn’t had a movie made about him. Adrian Carton de Wiart is such a man. He wrote about his wartime […]

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Valor Friday

| January 7, 2022 | 8 Comments
Valor Friday

A while back (OK, it was almost two years ago, but blame COVID or something) I went over a group of women who had earned the US Army’s Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award for valor in the face of the enemy. As women had, until very recently, been prohibited from serving in combat, […]

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Lawrence Brooks, oldest living WWII veteran in U.S., dies at 112 in New Orleans

| January 5, 2022 | 20 Comments
Lawrence Brooks, oldest living WWII veteran in U.S., dies at 112 in New Orleans

We talked about Lawrence Brooks a couple times over the last two years (here and here), as he celebrated his birthdays as the oldest living WWII veteran. He served during the war in a non-combat role in the mostly black 91st Engineer General Service Regiment stationed in Australia. He was drafted in 1940, which would […]

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DOD Online Memorial

| January 2, 2022 | 6 Comments
DOD Online Memorial

The Department of Defense has created an online memorial to honor military members who died in their service to the nation. Unveiled on Veterans Day 2021, The Military In Lasting Tribute memorial allows visitors to view and share and remember their loved ones online. The online memorial is currently accepting applications only for those who […]

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Valor Friday

| December 31, 2021 | 11 Comments
Valor Friday

My least favorite Valor Friday posts to sit down and write are like this week’s. When I get word that a recipient of a high valor award has passed away, I like to honor them by making them my week’s subject. Today I’ll be discussing the heroism of Gary Beikirch, who unfortunately passed away this […]

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Christmas in Bastogne

| December 25, 2021 | 16 Comments
Christmas in Bastogne

Poetrooper, being a veteran of the 101st Airborne Division, wanted to remind us of the Christmas in Belgium, 1944, where they earned the nickname “The Battered Bastards of Bastogne.” This was the Battle of the Bulge, Germany’s last ground offensive of WWII, and caught the 101st Airborne behind enemy lines and cut off for days, […]

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