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Valor Friday

| July 10, 2020 | 17 Comments
Valor Friday

Major John André- did not receive an award. Mason sends. Today I’m going to discuss men who received our nation’s first, and thus highest, honors. I started this article last week before realizing that laying the groundwork for what these medals were and where they fit into the US awards and decorations system required its […]

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Master Sergeant Israel Del Toro

| July 4, 2020 | 24 Comments
Master Sergeant Israel Del Toro

Master Sergeant Israel Del Toro Master Sergeant Israel Del Toro, an Air Force SO Combat Controller (CCT), was grievously injured in an IED blast while serving in Afghanistan. The results of the attack were third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body and a 15 percent chance to live. This was plainly unacceptable to “DT” […]

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Valor Frday

| July 3, 2020 | 3 Comments
Valor Frday

Pvt Charles H. McVeagh, USA Mason has done it once again. Our very own Skippy, poking around ghost towns in New Mexico for reasons known only to himself, came across a this anomaly, a recent headstone of one Charles H. McVeagh, Medal of Honor awardee. I forwarded his find on to Mason to work his […]

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Valor Friday

| June 26, 2020 | 17 Comments
Valor Friday

United States Navy CMCN Marvin Shields Today’s Valor Friday is dedicated to CM3 Marvin Shields, USN, and his actions 55 miles northwest of Saigon in Dong Xoai. Mason has done his usual outstanding research on Petty Officer Shields’ valor during the dark days of the Viet Nam war. Mason The US Navy construction battalions (known as […]

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Valor Friday

| June 19, 2020 | 20 Comments
Valor Friday

SFC Alwyn “Al” Cashe Mason It’s hard to believe we are rapidly approaching the second anniversary of losing site founder and operator SFC (ret) Jonn Lilyea, US Army. I’m sure I’m not alone in missing him and his wry sense of humor. In his honor, I’ll be exploring one of Jonn’s personal heroes today. Longtime […]

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Valor Friday

| June 12, 2020 | 5 Comments
Valor Friday

Ensign Charles Hammann Once again Mason brings us a tale of heroism in the air, this time in WW-I off what is now the Adriatic coast of Croatia. How an American Navy Enlisted Pilot managed to perform a wartime rescue at sea is impressive in and of itself, but is even more so when one […]

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76th D-Day Anniversary

| June 6, 2020 | 19 Comments
76th D-Day Anniversary

President Regean at Pointe du Hoc, 6 June 1984 America’s Greatest Generation.

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Valor Friday

| June 5, 2020 | 14 Comments
Valor Friday

Then LCOL James Howell Howard, USAAF For today’s Valor Friday, Mason once again takes us to the war torn skies of WW-II, but with a twist. Today’s honoree, BG James H. Howard, served in two service branches and in both the Pacific and the European theaters, a feat unparalleled in the conflict. Also unparalleled are […]

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