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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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Valor Friday

| August 28, 2020 | 8 Comments
Valor Friday

I’ve highlighted the bravery of many aviators in this column, but the more research I do, the more incredible stories turn up. Here’s another one. William Shomo hailed from a small town near Pittsburgh, where he was born in 1918. After high school he attended both the Cincinnati and Pittsburgh Schools of Embalming from 1937-1940. […]

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New graphic novel celebrates the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor

| August 26, 2020 | 2 Comments
New graphic novel celebrates the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor

I talked about Dr. Mary Edwards Walker earlier this year. The Association of the United States Army has been putting out a series of graphic novels regarding Army heroes past and present. They’ve now made one regarding Dr. Walker, the only woman to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Slow Joe, we know you have […]

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WWII hero being considered for the Medal of Honor

| August 10, 2020 | 8 Comments
WWII hero being considered for the Medal of Honor

Military.com is reporting that U.S. Rep. John Joyce (R-PA) has introduced legislation to upgrade First Lieutenant Eric Wood Jr’s Distinguished Service Cross, awarded posthumously, to the Medal of Honor. The story of Eric Wood (senior and junior) are worthy of Valor Friday posts. I’ll go into more detail in a future article, but the story of Eric […]

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