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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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Oldest Marine passes away, age 107

| January 13, 2021 | 7 Comments
Oldest Marine passes away, age 107

KoB sends in word that Dorothy “Dot” Cole has passed away at age 107. She was the oldest living Marine until her death. The News & Observer does a great write up on Dot and her journey through service during World War II. We talked about this amazing lady on her birthday a few months […]

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Funeral planned for sailor lost at Pearl Harbor

| January 13, 2021 | 12 Comments
Funeral planned for sailor lost at Pearl Harbor

The KoB sends in word that the Phoenix funeral service for Seaman First Class Carl S. Johnson is planned for this Friday, the 15th. We talked about S1C Johnson back in August when his remains were identified almost 79 years after his death. Johnson was aboard USS West Virginia (BB-48) on the morning of 7 […]

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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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Airborne Beer

| January 7, 2021 | 8 Comments
Airborne Beer

Time once again, Delta Whiskies and Whiskettes. Pretty sure Jonn would approve.

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World War II Vet, POW Who Endured ‘Hell Ship,’ Gets CIB, Promotion, POW Medal

| January 7, 2021 | 19 Comments
World War II Vet, POW Who Endured ‘Hell Ship,’ Gets CIB, Promotion, POW Medal

The DoD is reporting on this most righteous feel good story if you need a pick-me-up this morning. An Army veteran who served in the Pacific theater in World War II was finally recognized for his courage in a ceremony on Jan. 4. “Courage means to me that when the time came, that you were […]

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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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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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