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Valor Friday

| April 1, 2022 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

During the Cold War there were numerous tales of valor and bravery occurring in places the US officially wasn’t. Francis Gary Powers, a former Air Force captain, was a CIA pilot overflying Russia in a U-2 spy plane when he was shot down and created an international incident with the Soviet Union. After the USS […]

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Valor Friday

| March 25, 2022 | 8 Comments
Valor Friday

This week’s article subject comes by way of a request from Ex-PH2. He’s a man worth remembering, that’s for sure. Dwight Johnson was born in Detroit in 1947. He never knew his father. His mother raised him and his younger brother in a housing project in the Motor City. Along the way he got the […]

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Valor Friday

| February 18, 2022 | 17 Comments
Valor Friday

This week I’ve got another legend of the US Army Dustoff community. Patrick Henry Brady was born in 1936 in South Dakota and grew up in the Washington State area. Brady’s father, during World War II, had served with the famed Darby’s Rangers. During the war his parents became estranged though, and Brady was raised […]

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Phony SEAL Coward

| January 10, 2022 | 162 Comments
Phony SEAL Coward

The folks at MilitaryPhony send us their work on Leslie Radford Coward.  Coward lives in Middleburg, Florida and is 72 years old at the time of this writing – January 2022.  Coward is originally from Ohio and may still have a residence there in addition to Florida. Most of Coward’s claims are implied by the […]

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Valor Friday

| December 31, 2021 | 11 Comments
Valor Friday

My least favorite Valor Friday posts to sit down and write are like this week’s. When I get word that a recipient of a high valor award has passed away, I like to honor them by making them my week’s subject. Today I’ll be discussing the heroism of Gary Beikirch, who unfortunately passed away this […]

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Congress authorizes upgrade of awards, five MoHs and four DSCs possible

| December 29, 2021 | 3 Comments
Congress authorizes upgrade of awards, five MoHs and four DSCs possible

Both Jeff LPH 3 and Poetrooper send in word that the annual defense spending bill which Biden just signed includes Congressional approval for the upgrade of some awards. Five soldiers (three from Korea and two from Vietnam) could see their awards upgraded to the Medal of Honor. Meanwhile, four men who were involved in the […]

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Vietnam Veteran brothers facing deportation

| November 17, 2021 | 132 Comments
Vietnam Veteran brothers facing deportation

Last night PBS aired a film title “American Exile” about the two men pictured above. They are the Valenzuela brothers, Manuel and Valente, who claim to be Vietnam Veterans and who were/are facing deportation. Valente has self-exiled (i.e. self-deported) to Mexico while Manuel is still here and working the activist angle. NBC News refers to their […]

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Vietnam vet reflects on his time there through letters home

| November 16, 2021 | 23 Comments
Vietnam vet reflects on his time there through letters home

Every couple years I dig out the letters I sent home. I have yet to read them. I’ll probably explore them with my children when they’re old enough to understand. It’s an important part of military service though. As an amateur military historian, I’ve read lots of letters from the front. They really provide a […]

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