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Valor Friday

| May 24, 2024 | 17 Comments
Valor Friday

We discussed yesterday the recent passing of Brigadier General Clarence “Bud” Anderson. He was the last American triple ace still living. He shot down 16 German Luftwaffe planes in the skies over Europe between 8 March and 5 December 1944. He earned five Distinguished Flying Crosses for his successes. Read them here. Post-war, Anderson remained […]

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Valor Friday

| May 10, 2024 | 14 Comments
Valor Friday

Kurt Chew-Een Lee was the child of Chinese immigrants. Growing up in Sacramento, when America entered World War II, Lee was only 15. As a participant in JROTC during those high school years, it should be no surprise that he enlisted as soon as he turned 18. The eldest son of six children (three boys, […]

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Dick Rutan into the skies one last time

| May 10, 2024 | 11 Comments
Dick Rutan into the skies one last time

You should remember Dick Rutan, the Air Force Vietnam vet who set a world record by flying around the world non-refueled and non-stop in 1985. He  died May 3rd at the age of 85. Originally a RIO in the F-101 Voodoo, he earned his pilot’s wings in 1966. Rutan served during the Vietnam War as […]

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Valor Friday

| May 3, 2024 | 9 Comments
Valor Friday

Don’t let the bookish looks of this bespectacled man deceive you. This guy was a straight up badass. Benjamin Wilson enlisted in the Army before WWII. He was at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Schofield Barracks wasn’t a prime target of either of the two waves of Japanese aircraft. It was […]

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Valor Friday

| April 26, 2024 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

August 1917. The US has now been a part of World War I for months. Vast numbers of men and war materiel have been mobilized. The US Army grows to a size unheard of in the history of the country. As part of that, whole new divisions were being created seemingly every day. Among the […]

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Valor Friday

| April 19, 2024 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

Ronald Rosser was born in 1929, the eldest of 17 children, in Columbus, Ohio. From 1929, Rosser’s parents had one kid just about every year for 18 years. Coming of age during World War II, Ronald was too young to see active service in that conflict, but he did enlist at the age of 17 […]

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Valor Friday

| April 12, 2024 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

I briefly mentioned today’s subject when I was talking in detail about another man. Staff Sergeant Rodney Yano earned the Medal of Honor (posthumously) for valor in action while a helicopter crewman over Vietnam.  The pilot of the chopper that day was John Bahnsen. Bahnsen was suggested as a Valor Friday candidate in his own […]

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Last Korean War MoH recipient dies

| April 8, 2024 | 9 Comments
Last Korean War MoH recipient dies

We really don’t want this blog to be an obituary page, but we can’t let the passing of a legend like Colonel Puckett go unmentioned. You’ll recall that Puckett received the Medal of Honor in 2021 for actions during the Korean War. After the 2022 passing of Staff Sergeant Hiroshi Miyamura, Puckett was the last […]

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