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Valor Friday

| January 27, 2023 | 9 Comments
Valor Friday

Continuing on my series of US Congressmen who have received the Medal of Honor. Philip Sidney Post Philip Post was born in 1833 in New York. After college, he found his way to Illinois and was admitted to the Bar there in 1856. He traveled the northwest, made his home in Kansas, and practiced law […]

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Valor Friday

| January 20, 2023 | 8 Comments
Valor Friday

Continuing from last week’s look at Senators who have earned the country’s highest honor, we now turn to the House of Representatives. As with the Senate, there are some trends. Sixteen Congressmen have received the Medal of Honor. One of those later became a Senator and was discussed at length in last week’s article. 13 […]

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Valor Friday

| January 13, 2023 | 9 Comments
Valor Friday

This week’s article will be a little different. With the new Congress being seated, my curiosity turned to politics as it relates to valor awards. In our history, who are the elected representatives that have earned our nation’s highest honors? Let’s take a look. Some of these names, particularly the latter day inclusions, will be […]

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Valor Friday

| January 6, 2023 | 15 Comments
Valor Friday

We’ve talked about a lot of legendary figures within their respective communities. Today’s subject is a legend in the naval aviation community, but is largely unknown outside those with wings of gold. The mission that made him famous among Airedales was actually, legitimately classified at the highest levels. His wartime heroics and feat of courage […]

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Valor Friday

| December 30, 2022 | 9 Comments
Valor Friday

In the past I’ve talked about several men who, as part of aircrew service, used their bare hands to save their aircraft and the lives of their comrades. The heroism of Red Erwin, John Levitow, Norman Jackson, and James Ward are some we’ve talked about before. For some reason, I missed the similar story of […]

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Valor Friday

| December 23, 2022 | 16 Comments
Valor Friday

Sometimes while writing one of my articles, someone in the comments surprises the heck out of me and mentions a personal connection to a subject. In the case of Larry Thorne/Lauri Allen Torni, we have a longtime member whose father was his commanding officer and friend for a while. For last week’s article, another longtime […]

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Valor Friday

| December 16, 2022 | 16 Comments
Valor Friday

A couple weeks back we discussed the anniversary of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. One of the heroes, among the many heroes, of that battle had his name brought up. Let’s learn a bit more about Don Carlos Faith Jr. Don Carlos Faith Jr. was born in 1918 to career US Army officer Don Carlos […]

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Col Joe Kittinger, who made a parachute jump from space, dies aged 94

| December 10, 2022 | 23 Comments
Col Joe Kittinger, who made a parachute jump from space, dies aged 94

5JC made sure we were aware of the passing of Colonel Joe Kittinger, USAF (ret). He held the parachute altitude record for more than 50 years. He most famously jumped from a balloon from more than 102,000 feet. He was later a fighter pilot over Vietnam, shooting down a MiG-21 while serving with the storied […]

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