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Valor Friday

| May 10, 2024 | 14 Comments
Valor Friday

Kurt Chew-Een Lee was the child of Chinese immigrants. Growing up in Sacramento, when America entered World War II, Lee was only 15. As a participant in JROTC during those high school years, it should be no surprise that he enlisted as soon as he turned 18. The eldest son of six children (three boys, […]

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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

| August 4, 2023 | 13 Comments
Valor Friday

John Ripley, who hailed from Radford, Virginia, first enlisted into the US Marine Corps in 1957. He did so at the age of 17, immediately after graduating Radford High School. He must have made quite the impression on the Corps, because a year later he received one of the rare appointments to the US Naval […]

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Captain Royce Williams recounts his heroics over Korea

| May 1, 2023 | 9 Comments
Captain Royce Williams recounts his heroics over Korea

You might recall the tale of Royce Williams. I spoke about his incredible one-man fight to the death against a bunch of Soviet MiGs during the Korean War in a recent Valor Friday piece. Fox News has the man himself discussing the incident with the Soviet MiGs. It was so highly classified at the top […]

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Valor Friday

| January 6, 2023 | 15 Comments
Valor Friday

We’ve talked about a lot of legendary figures within their respective communities. Today’s subject is a legend in the naval aviation community, but is largely unknown outside those with wings of gold. The mission that made him famous among Airedales was actually, legitimately classified at the highest levels. His wartime heroics and feat of courage […]

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Valor Friday

| December 2, 2022 | 12 Comments
Valor Friday

This one will be a tad longer than normal, but the subject is just that incredible. When someone hears about US Marines in World War II, the mind immediately goes to the South Pacific. The Marine Corps’ amphibious assault specialization meant they were a perfect fit for the island hopping campaign in the Pacific War. […]

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WWII Navy ship found more than 4 miles down, deepest wreck

| July 28, 2022 | 22 Comments
WWII Navy ship found more than 4 miles down, deepest wreck

The destroyer escort Samuel B. Roberts, sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944 (corrected from 1943 7/28/22), was found in over 22,600 feet of water last week by Caladan Oceanic, the same folks who found the world’s previous record-depth wreck, the USS Johnston, last year. The wreck of the USS Samuel B. Roberts, […]

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Valor Friday

| December 17, 2021 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

While working on last week’s Pearl Harbor-related article, I came across today’s subject. In the early daylight hours of Sunday 7 December, 1941, we all know that the American Pacific Fleet’s aircraft carriers were out of port and thus spared. This was fortuitous as World War II’s Pacific War would be dominated by aircraft, supplanting […]

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