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F1c Howard Hodges Returns

| April 14, 2021 | 7 Comments
F1c Howard Hodges Returns

We first met F1c Hodges last October on Hondo’s Sunday “Return” post, here: https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=106508. Our Gun Bunny sends the news that he has finally come home. Pearl Harbor hero finally returns, eight decades later A positive DNA test confirmed Fireman First Class Howard Hodges’ identity. His remains returned for internment in his hometown of Washington, […]

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Valor Friday

| April 9, 2021 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

It’s not often I’ll highlight the bravery of a belligerent on the side of one of our enemies. There are stories of camaraderie between enemies during war. Events like the Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War I or the mid-World War II near fatal damage to an American B-17 by a German Luftwaffe pilot […]

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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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USS Johnston (DD-557), lost in Battle Off Samar in 1943, discovered 21k feet below the waves

| April 3, 2021 | 7 Comments
USS Johnston (DD-557), lost in Battle Off Samar in 1943, discovered 21k feet below the waves

KoB sends in word about the amazing rediscovery of the lost WWII destroyer USS Johnston. Named after a US Navy Civil War hero, the ship was sunk in combat in the Battle Off Samar as part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Of Johnston’s complement of 327 officers and men, 141 were saved. Of the […]

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40 Years Ago, Today

| March 30, 2021 | 29 Comments
40 Years Ago, Today

President Reagan is rushed to George Washington University Hospital On March 30, 1981, President Reagan was shot outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by a meltdown named John Hinckley Jr. The President had just finished addressing a labor meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel and was walking to his limousine when Hinckley fired six shots at […]

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Vietnam Veterans Day

| March 29, 2021 | 19 Comments
Vietnam Veterans Day

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law by President Trump, designating 29 March as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The date was chosen to observe the day the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam, and the last of the prisoners of war were released. The holiday is also known as […]

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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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Tuesday tear jerker

| March 23, 2021 | 3 Comments
Tuesday tear jerker

Jeff LPH 3 forwarded this Military Times article about the above-pictured Staff Sergeant Mario Tonelli. Grab a box of tissues. Tonelli was a Notre Dame running back who scored the season ending touchdown on a 77-yard drive in 1937. Three years later he, like many of his generation joined the service. He was stationed at […]

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