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Valor Friday

| November 25, 2022 | 9 Comments
Valor Friday

This week’s subject comes by way of a request. Maurice Britt was a professional football player (Detroit Lions), lieutenant governor of Arkansas, and a recipient of all four of the country’s highest awards for combat bravery. Born in Lonoke County, Arkansas in 1919, Maurice graduated as valedictorian from Lonoke High School in 1937. From there […]

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Valor Friday

| November 18, 2022 | 3 Comments
Valor Friday

I previously talked about Second Lieutenant Robert Femoyer.  He earned the Medal of Honor as a navigator aboard a B-17 during a bombing mission in World War II. Fatally wounded, he refused morphine so that he could, with clear head, guide his crew back to England. He remained at his post until they made it […]

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Valor Friday

| November 11, 2022 | 5 Comments
Valor Friday

As today is Veteran’s Day, and tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of my entry to active duty, I thought I’d briefly highlight a subject we’ve talked about before. It’s one of my favorite stories of valor. The incredible story is soon coming to the big screen (23 November) and looks to be an excellent flick. […]

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Valor Friday

| October 14, 2022 | 9 Comments
Valor Friday

John C “Red” Morgan was born in 1914. Hailing from Texas, he graduated from a military high school before bouncing around several colleges in Texas and New Mexico. In 1934 he dropped out of school, but not before learning his pilot’s license. Finding his way to the South Pacific, Red worked as a foreman on […]

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Valor Friday

| September 9, 2022 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

The US Army’s First Infantry Division, known as “The Big Red One” for their shoulder sleeve insignia’s design, was one of the first division-sized elements organized by the Army upon the US entry into World War I. They paraded through Paris on 4 July 1917 after arriving in France, to bolster the spirits of the […]

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Valor Friday

| August 19, 2022 | 13 Comments
Valor Friday

This week’s article comes by request. I’d previously touched on the heroics of Joe Ronnie Hooper in my “Most Decorated” series. While Major General Patrick Brady got the tip as the most decorated man of the Vietnam War (and by extension the most decorated officer and Army soldier), Hooper can lay claim to being the […]

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Valor Friday

| August 12, 2022 | 4 Comments
Valor Friday

My least favorite Valor Friday articles to write are those that coincide with the death of a hero. Such is today’s subject. Last week, Robert Simanek, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, passed away at the age of 92 on 1 August. David posted about it earlier this week, but I wanted to dig […]

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Medal of Honor awardee Simanek passes on. Only 2 from Korea remain

| August 9, 2022 | 10 Comments
Medal of Honor awardee Simanek passes on. Only 2 from Korea remain

Robert E. Simanek, 92, passed August 4 in West Bloomfield, MI. He was awarded the Medal of Honor after jumping on a Chinese hand grenade (after kicking away a second grenade thrown at the same time.) The Chinese attacked. During the ensuing firefight, two grenades landed in the shallow trench where Simanek and other Marines […]

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