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Valor Friday

| September 18, 2020 | 6 Comments
Valor Friday

Leo Rosskamm was a farmhand in Holsensolm, Germany, where he was born and raised, before World War II. In 1938, when he was about 18 years old, Herschel Grynszpan assassinated German diplomat Ernst vom Rath in Paris. Grynszpan, a 17 year old Polish Jew born in Germany, provided a perfect opportunity for the Nazis to […]

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Alwyn Cashe’s Medal of Honor moves one step closer to reality

| September 18, 2020 | 8 Comments
Alwyn Cashe’s Medal of Honor moves one step closer to reality

Last month we reported on the news that Defense Secretary Esper had recommended Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe’s Silver Star be upgraded to the Medal of Honor. Around these parts we have believed the platoon sergeant’s heroism in combat needs to be properly honored. Our first mention of Cashe dates back to 2011 and numerous times since then. […]

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MoH recipient MSG Leroy Petry has his MoH license plate stolen

| September 15, 2020 | 33 Comments
MoH recipient MSG Leroy Petry has his MoH license plate stolen

ninja sends us the story of Leroy Petry losing his Medal of Honor license plate while parked at the airport. In a case of literal stolen valor, If you see someone driving around with a Medal of Honor license plate, the vehicle may not necessarily belong to a recipient of the military’s highest honor for […]

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Trump presents Sergeant Major Thomas “Patrick” Payne with his Medal of Honor

| September 12, 2020 | 11 Comments
Trump presents Sergeant Major Thomas “Patrick” Payne with his Medal of Honor

Poetrooper sent me a reminder that we missed notifying y’all that Sergeant Major Payne has received his Medal of Honor. It was presented to him at the White House yesterday by the president. I talked about SGM Payne last week in my Valor Friday. At the time, information on the quiet professional was scarce. Payne […]

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Valor Friday

| September 11, 2020 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

Today’s article I’m calling “Heroism in Conscience.” Conscientious objectors (COs) are those who find it morally reprehensible and against their conscience (usually for religious reasons) to take up arms against their fellow man. The Civil War was the first time conscription occurred in America, and those drafted claiming CO status paid a $300 fine to […]

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Special Holiday Valor Post

| September 7, 2020 | 10 Comments
Special Holiday Valor Post

USS Houston (originally CL-30, later CA-30) was a cruiser in the United States Navy. Ordered in 1924, she was a light cruiser at launch in 1929. Commissioned in 1930, she sailed for a year before she was re-classified as a heavy cruiser due to the size of her 8” guns after the 1930 London Naval […]

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Valor Friday

| September 4, 2020 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

This Valor Friday piece is hot off the presses. The medal hasn’t even been awarded yet, in fact, it’s that fresh. Word came earlier this week that Sergeant Major Thomas “Patrick” Payne is an Army Ranger assigned to the Special Operations Command (SOCOM). In an odd turn this is all based on anonymous tipsters, no […]

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SecDef approves proposal to upgrade Alwyn Cashe’s Silver Star to the Medal of Honor

| August 29, 2020 | 29 Comments
SecDef approves proposal to upgrade Alwyn Cashe’s Silver Star to the Medal of Honor

I erred yesterday when I scheduled this article. It was supposed to go out this AM, but I set it for yesterday AM. It posted retroactively (who knew WordPress would do that?). Despite the error, many of you saw it, but I want to make sure everyone gets a chance. If it looks familiar, it’s because […]

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