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Valor Friday

| December 29, 2023 | 12 Comments
Valor Friday

I briefly mentioned Peter Conover Hains last week as we explored men who spent more time in the service than is normal. Hains was the only confirmed American veteran of both the Civil War and World War I, though he didn’t see overseas service in the latter conflict. Canadian John Boucher is said to also […]

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Valor Friday

| December 22, 2023 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

Last week I looked at a few people who had spent the vast majority of their long lives in the service of this country. That led me to the discovery of a few more with exceptionally long times in uniform. The most famous 19th Century American naval officer, which I criminally overlooked last week, was […]

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Valor Friday

| December 15, 2023 | 13 Comments
Valor Friday

I talked a while back about French Private Jean Thurel. He was an 18th Century soldier in the French Army, who lived to be 108 years old. He spent more than 75 of his years as a soldier, earning three long service medals (the only man to have done so) and was knighted into the […]

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Valor Friday

| December 8, 2023 | 8 Comments
Valor Friday

As yesterday was the anniversary of the day “which will live in infamy,” the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, for this Valor Friday we’ll be revisiting some past articles. Of the men who served at Pearl, I’ve written about; Ensign Joseph Taussig – Officer of the Deck on USS Nevada (BB-36). Earned the Navy Cross […]

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Valor Friday

| December 1, 2023 | 5 Comments
Valor Friday

Some figures in military history are truly larger than life. Even when they’re in active service, their legend precedes them. They are the types that those who serve with or under them, wear that closeness as a badge of honor for the rest of their lives. Men such as George Patton, Chesty Puller, Chester Nimitz, […]

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Valor Friday

| November 24, 2023 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

While driving around I like to look at the memorial highway designations. Many of them in my state, I’m aware of who they are. The stretch of I-35 through Lino Lakes, MN is dedicated to Officer Shawn Silvera. He was a police officer who died in the line of duty trying to stop a fleeing […]

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Valor Friday

| November 17, 2023 | 12 Comments
Valor Friday

While having been a military veteran is not a requirement to become President of the United States, military service is a trait very commonly found in Presidents. It was more common in the earlier days of the republic. From George Washington to Theodore Roosevelt (whose presidency ended in 1909) we had only five of the […]

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Valor Friday

| November 10, 2023 | 5 Comments
Valor Friday

Two films just came out, both telling the story of former Royal Navy Lieutenant Bernard “Bernie” Jordan. Jordan famously “escaped” from his nursing home in 2014, at the age of 89, to make a pilgrimage to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, in which he participated. Somehow it looks like we missed discussing this […]

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