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Valor Friday

| November 25, 2022 | 9 Comments
Valor Friday

This week’s subject comes by way of a request. Maurice Britt was a professional football player (Detroit Lions), lieutenant governor of Arkansas, and a recipient of all four of the country’s highest awards for combat bravery. Born in Lonoke County, Arkansas in 1919, Maurice graduated as valedictorian from Lonoke High School in 1937. From there […]

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Valor Friday

| November 18, 2022 | 3 Comments
Valor Friday

I previously talked about Second Lieutenant Robert Femoyer.  He earned the Medal of Honor as a navigator aboard a B-17 during a bombing mission in World War II. Fatally wounded, he refused morphine so that he could, with clear head, guide his crew back to England. He remained at his post until they made it […]

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Valor Friday

| November 11, 2022 | 5 Comments
Valor Friday

As today is Veteran’s Day, and tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of my entry to active duty, I thought I’d briefly highlight a subject we’ve talked about before. It’s one of my favorite stories of valor. The incredible story is soon coming to the big screen (23 November) and looks to be an excellent flick. […]

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Happy Birthday Marines!

| November 10, 2022 | 22 Comments
Happy Birthday Marines!

247 Years Young 10 November 2022 A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS  70 years ago, Army Major General Frank E. Lowe was quoted as saying, “The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight.” That testimonial rings as true now as it did then, […]

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Valor Friday

| November 4, 2022 | 12 Comments
Valor Friday

After the war, Olds remained in the service. He initially was posted at West Point as assistant football coach. In February 1946 though he was sent to March Field to join a P-80 Shooting Star fighter jet squadron. While there, he teamed with Lieutenant Colonel “Pappy” Herbst (a WWII ace of the China-India-Burma Theater) to […]

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Valor Friday

| October 28, 2022 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

This week will be part one of a two-parter. Robin Olds’ story is just too big for a single article. In US Air Force history there are several well-known names. For example, the World War I American ace of aces, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, who was one of the most decorated Americans during the war. In […]

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Beirut Truck Bombs

| October 23, 2022 | 26 Comments
Beirut Truck Bombs

On 23 October 1983, two truck bombs struck buildings in Beirut, Lebanon, housing American and French service members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon (MNF), a military peacekeeping operation during the Lebanese Civil War. The attack killed 305 people: 241 U.S. and 58 French military personnel, and six civilians. The first suicide bomber detonated a […]

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Valor Friday

| October 21, 2022 | 15 Comments
Valor Friday

This bronze monument of a Wehrmacht soldier carrying two children to safety at first glance doesn’t seem too unusual. It is the only known monument to a German soldier that was erected in a territory that the Third Reich occupied. You see, the people of this Dutch town, despite reviling their brutal wartime overlords, put […]

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