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Valor Friday

| September 30, 2022 | 3 Comments
Valor Friday

I didn’t have much time this week for my usual article, so I’m putting up something a little different. This is the story of Maureen Flavin Sweeney, who with the innocuous, routine reading of a barometer changed the course of one of the most famous events of World War II. This article, and her honoring […]

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Gold Star Mom and Family Day

| September 25, 2022 | 14 Comments
Gold Star Mom and Family Day

A gentle reminder from OAM today is Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day. The Day is observed on the last Sunday of September each year, and is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces. During World War I, a […]

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Valor Friday

| September 16, 2022 | 22 Comments
Valor Friday

David E. Grange Jr, a retired US Army lieutenant general, passed away at age 97 on 11 Sept 2021. He had an amazing career that spanned more than 40 years and three major wars. He’s a legend in the Army Ranger community, so much so that the grueling annual Best Ranger Competition is named in his […]

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Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, dead at 96

| September 8, 2022 | 66 Comments
Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, dead at 96

The longest reigning British monarch in history, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has died at age 96. Many are probably aware, but she was a veteran of World War II. During that conflict, while she was a princess, she served as an officer in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. She was trained as a driver […]

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Oldest destroyer sunk by enemy fire found

| August 18, 2022 | 3 Comments
Oldest destroyer sunk by enemy fire found

The wreck of the USS Jacob Jones, the first destroyer ever sunk by enemy fire, has been located about 20 miles from Start, England in 400 foot deep waters in the English Channel. She was sunk by torpedoes from U53 and went down with 2 officers and 62 enlisted still on board. We are thrilled […]

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Valor Friday

| August 12, 2022 | 4 Comments
Valor Friday

My least favorite Valor Friday articles to write are those that coincide with the death of a hero. Such is today’s subject. Last week, Robert Simanek, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, passed away at the age of 92 on 1 August. David posted about it earlier this week, but I wanted to dig […]

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Units to lose Confederate battle streamers

| August 11, 2022 | 81 Comments
Units to lose Confederate battle streamers

Another recommendation from the Naming Commission to warm the cockles of your heart: battle streamers for units who fought on the Confederate side of the War Between the States should be removed. A battle streamer is a ribbon attached to the units flag commemorating  battle in which it took part. Civil War streamers are blue […]

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Valor Friday

| August 5, 2022 | 19 Comments
Valor Friday

In the War in the Pacific, there were several American positions that the Japanese overran early in the war. Many of these, such as the Philippines, would take years and significant blood to retake. One early battle in the war, and one which was never recaptured, was Wake Island. Wake Island is a tiny Pacific […]

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