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Valor Friday

| October 15, 2021 | 14 Comments
Valor Friday

Today’s tale is one of miraculous survival as well as bravery in the face of the enemy. I can’t help but be amazed again and again by the adventures of The Greatest Generation. Eugene “Gene” Moran, born 1924, was a typical southern Wisconsin dairy farm boy. Graduating high school in 1942, he did what many […]

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Skip Archer – Fake Vietnam POW

| August 25, 2021 | 182 Comments
Skip Archer – Fake Vietnam POW

The folks at MilitaryPhony send us their work on Howard “Skip” Archer.  “Skip” – as he prefers to be called – comes to us from Centerville, Pennsylvania but also shows current addresses in Flemington, Missouri as well as Ashtabula, Ohio.  Archer is 72 y/o at the time of this writing – Aug 2021. Archer has […]

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Valor Friday

| June 25, 2021 | 15 Comments
Valor Friday

It’s been a busy week around my AO, so I’m gonna have to keep this VF post short. Our subject came up in another post and I thought it was worth highlighting more prominently. The US Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) Command Historian has this to say about the life and times of James “Nick” […]

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Mike Rick – Phony POW, Four Purple Hearts?

| June 15, 2021 | 240 Comments
Mike Rick – Phony POW, Four Purple Hearts?

The folks at MilitaryPhony send us their work on Michael Riordan Rick.  In turn, this case was brought to their attention by a special ninja that is part of the TAH community, so what goes around comes around.  Mike Rick, or the guy with two first names, comes to us from Fort Wayne Indiana.  He […]

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Valor Friday

| June 4, 2021 | 8 Comments
Valor Friday

Poe sent me in the tip on Master Sergeant Rodrick “Roddie” Edmonds of the US Army. He’d come across the man’s incredible story and thought you all would appreciate it. I certainly did. Born, raised, lived, died, and buried in Knoxville, Tennessee, Edmonds was 21 years old when he enlisted into the Army in 1941 […]

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Valor Friday

| April 23, 2021 | 8 Comments
Valor Friday

Louis Curdes was a 23 year old from Indiana who had just graduated Purdue when he enlisted in the Army in March 1942 to fight in World War II. He was sent to Luke Field, Arizona where he completed flight training, earning his wings by December of that year. He was sent to the Mediterranean […]

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Valor Friday

| April 16, 2021 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

Most in our community know that the Medal of Honor is restricted to US military recipients. This wasn’t always the case. During and shortly after the Civil War, a handful of civilians received the honor, though they were all attached to US military units. This includes Buffalo Bill (for service as a civilian scout during […]

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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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