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Forgotten hero remembered, may finally receive medal for heroism

| May 5, 2021 | 11 Comments
Forgotten hero remembered, may finally receive medal for heroism

Messman Charles French became a hero to his shipmates after their destroyer USS Gregory (DD-82) was sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy ships on 5 September 1942. Of the many acts of bravery among the men of Gregory during its final battle (including the mortally wounded skipper ordering his crew to abandon him and help other […]

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Colonel Ralph Puckett to receive the Medal of Honor for Korean War action

| May 4, 2021 | 9 Comments
Colonel Ralph Puckett to receive the Medal of Honor for Korean War action

Colonel Ralph Puckett, US Army (ret), is already a living legend within the US Army Ranger community. His Distinguished Service Cross from the Korean War, when he was a first lieutenant, is being upgraded to the Medal of Honor. Puckett commissioned into the Army after matriculating from West Point in 1949. After World War II […]

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Valor Friday

| April 30, 2021 | 27 Comments
Valor Friday

Would you believe that there was a man who served in the Nazi German Waffen SS as an officer that later went on to serve in the US Army? No just serve, he was commissioned an officer. Perhaps even more incredible, he would join the elite Green Berets and fight in Vietnam. All of this […]

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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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Prince Philip of Great Britain dies, age 99

| April 9, 2021 | 26 Comments
Prince Philip of Great Britain dies, age 99

Another of The Greatest Generation has passed. Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, has passed at age 99. Having been married to Elizabeth for more than 70 years, he was first a Royal Navy officer during World War II. Born into royalty in Greece (his uncle was King), Philip’s father […]

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Valor Friday

| April 9, 2021 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

It’s not often I’ll highlight the bravery of a belligerent on the side of one of our enemies. There are stories of camaraderie between enemies during war. Events like the Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War I or the mid-World War II near fatal damage to an American B-17 by a German Luftwaffe pilot […]

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Oldest MoH recipient, Charles Coolidge passes away; Age 99

| April 9, 2021 | 10 Comments
Oldest MoH recipient, Charles Coolidge passes away; Age 99

Poetrooper sends in the sad news that Charles Coolidge has passed at the age of 99 on 6 April. He was the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient and one of only two still alive from WWII. He was the last MoH recipient from the European Theater of the war. As you can see from […]

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