RSSValor

Valor Friday

| November 27, 2020 | 18 Comments
Valor Friday

Late last week the KoB sent in the story about a recently recovered Marine returning home to rest. Private First Class Thomas Johnson was lost on Tarawa 22 November, 1943. He was brought home almost 77 years later to the day. The Marine Corps sent an honor guard and conducted a flyover at the funeral. […]

Continue Reading

Valor Friday

| November 20, 2020 | 6 Comments
Valor Friday

I’m going to do something a little different. Military folks, particularly in wartime, become a superstitious lot. There are lucky trinkets individuals will carry and there are certainly vehicles seen as cursed or blessed. I’d like to explore some of the latter. The B-26 Marauder, made by the Martin Aircraft Corporation, first flew in November […]

Continue Reading

Valor Friday

| November 13, 2020 | 14 Comments
Valor Friday

This week a Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam War was reinterred at Arlington National Cemetery at the behest of his mother, who is now 90 years old. It seems from our research that when he was killed in action his mother had him buried near her home in Miami, Florida. For the last […]

Continue Reading

Alwyn Cashe MoH update

| November 12, 2020 | 22 Comments
Alwyn Cashe MoH update

Jeff LPH 3 sends along word that the Senate has approved to allow the President to upgrade Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe‘s Silver Star to the Medal of Honor. We’ve talked about Cashe many times over the years and he was a personal hero of our founder Jonn Lilyea. President Trump hasn’t made any public […]

Continue Reading

The last casualty (Valor Wednesday)

| November 11, 2020 | 9 Comments
The last casualty (Valor Wednesday)

I’m posting this at 1059 hours (local) in honor of Henry Gunther. An American, he was the last official casualty of World War I. He died one minute before the Armistice ended the war 102 years ago. Henry Gunther was born in Maryland, but to a German-American family. Though he was a second generation American […]

Continue Reading

Valor Friday

| November 6, 2020 | 12 Comments
Valor Friday

Today’s subject comes from a request. Boomer and Poetrooper wanted to hear about Chief Master Sergeant Duane Hackney, the most decorated enlisted man in US Air Force history. Along with Colonel Bud Day, Major Richard Bong, and Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, Chief Hackney can also stake a claim as one of the most decorated American airmen […]

Continue Reading

Racism deprived Latino WWI hero Marcelino Serna of the Medal of Honor. He deserves it, advocates say.

| October 31, 2020 | 28 Comments
Racism deprived Latino WWI hero Marcelino Serna of the Medal of Honor. He deserves it, advocates say.

This came across my desk the other night as I was polishing off my Valor Friday post. NBC loves them some click-bait headlines. That’s how they titled an article on a truly impressive man. Since valor history is my thing, I looked into this past the article that the “journalist” at NBC put together. Just […]

Continue Reading

Valor Friday

| October 30, 2020 | 11 Comments
Valor Friday

Charles Watters was a 35 year old Roman Catholic priest in the Newark, New Jersey area, where he’d been born and raised, when he enlisted as a chaplain with the New Jersey Air National Guard in 1962. An experienced light aircraft pilot, he’d flown single-engine planes as far away as Argentina. In 1964 though he […]

Continue Reading