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Valor Friday

| February 26, 2021 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

This week’s article will be brief. I can’t find much about the man other than the award citation. It’s a pretty amazing citation though that I felt needed to be shared. Kenneth Ledford was a 1st Lieutenant US Army aviator assigned to the 58th Medical Battalion of the 68th Medical Group. This formation was part […]

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Valor Friday

| February 19, 2021 | 11 Comments
Valor Friday

KoB sent word yesterday about the family of Sergeant First Class William M Bryant donating his Medal of Honor to the JFK Special Warfare Center and School Headquarters at Fort Bragg, where it will now go on display. Source; WRAL Bryant was born in the middle of the Great Depression, in 1933, in Cochran, Georgia, […]

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Valor Friday

| February 12, 2021 | 15 Comments
Valor Friday

In the world of US Marine Corps lore there are a handful of legendary figures. The Marines revere few men and those they do have a record of battlefield accomplishment that it’s hard to imagine that they would succeed at anything except war. Names like Lewis “Chesty” Puller, Dan Daly, Smedley Butler, and John Basilone […]

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Valor Friday

| February 5, 2021 | 20 Comments
Valor Friday

Many outside the US Army, and probably a good number within the Army, don’t know that unit nicknames are actually regulated. Apparently if the Army wanted you to have a nickname, they really would issue you one. These officially Army-recognized nicknames are called “special designations.” Many of these are commonly used by those within the […]

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Valor Friday

| January 29, 2021 | 5 Comments
Valor Friday

Prior to World War I, European countries fought wars with each other on a fairly regular basis. There are so many that it’s hard to keep track of. There are even cities and regions of countries that moved back and forth every few years between countries due to wins and losses. The only modern analog […]

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Valor Friday

| January 22, 2021 | 11 Comments
Valor Friday

I’m going to return to telling some valor stories that revolve around vehicles again. I talked a while back about the B-24 “Flak Bait” that flew more missions than any other American aircraft during World War II. Today’s subject has an incredible story, but the aircraft was sadly scrapped in 1945. There is only one […]

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Valor Friday

| January 15, 2021 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

As we explore the most decorated soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines of the post-Vietnam era, the lists become much shorter. There are quite a few people who score the same or very close to each other. For example, most of the Army Medal of Honor recipients in the War on Terror earned the MoH, the […]

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Navy Cross awarded to Chaplain of USS Indianapolis, 75 years after his death

| January 11, 2021 | 7 Comments
Navy Cross awarded to Chaplain of USS Indianapolis, 75 years after his death

USS Indianapolis had just finished delivering top secret components for the “Little Boy” atomic bomb to a South Pacific Army Air Forces base and was steaming back home alone. Minutes after midnight on 30 July, 1945 she was ripped apart by torpedoes from a Japanese sub, sinking in just 12 minutes. Despite the rapidity with […]

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