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Micro Nugget, you are truly enriched by having the companionship of your uncle Tim.  I too have had the privilege of being friends and shipmates of Many WWII Vets.  The war was over by the time I was

Robert Friend, who flew 142 combat missions in World War II as a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, died Friday. He was 99. Friend's daughter, Karen Friend Crumlich, told the Desert Sun newspap

https://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/last-doolittle-raider-dies-lt-col-richard-cole/ Sad news—the last Doolittle Raider has died. Lt. Col. Richard Cole passed away Monday at the age of 103.

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I agree that she is a hero indeed, I wish more of our Representatives were like her!!! :yesss:

I couldn't get your link to work, I finally got to the video, I then edited your link, so it should work now,, and everyone needs to hear what Rep. Duckworth has to say in this video well worth the time spend watching it!!!

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Does anyone else sense an unusual coincidence over the deaths of the Seal team 6 members involved in the bin laden mission who were killed in a freak helicopter crash?

Does anyone else sense an unusual coincidence over the two FBI agents who were directly involved with the arrest of the Boston Marathon bombers "accidentally" falling out of a helicopter? Really guys...falling out of a helicopter. Pretty cheesy and I smell a rat.

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And one should ask where are all the survivors of the Bengazi fiasco?

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Seems to me that everyone that gets to close to him and his agenda seems to get clumsy and have freakish types of accidents, or just conveniently being assigned to the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Wow I never knew about the Bonus Army. What an amazing story, but the dark side is the military being used against civilians........MacArthur no longer has my respect.

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WASHINGTON – President Obama will bestow the Medal of Honor on an Army staff sergeant for courageous action during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan, making him the second solder honored with the nation's highest military honor for actions during the 2009 mountain battle.

Ty Carter, a former Marine who later enlisted in the Army, will be recognized at the White House on Aug. 26 for his action during a the firefight at a mountain outpost where U.S. troops were far outnumbered.

Carter killed enemy troops, resupplied ammunition to American fighters, rendered first aid and risked his own life to save an injured soldier pinned down by a barrage of enemy fire, according to the Army.

“It wasn’t just me,” Carter told the Military Times Friday. “Everyone pulled through. They all performed excellently, bravely.

“I really wish there was some way that I could share the prestige and the honor of this medal with them, and not to mention the families of the fallen,” Carter said. “In the end, they probably deserve this medal more than I do because of the losses that they received.”

In February, Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on another survivor of that firefight, former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha.

Both men were part of a small American force at a combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009, when an enemy force executed coordinated, complex attack with the intention of overrunning the outnumbered American forces, The Military Times reported.

Eight Americans were killed and about two dozen others were wounded in the attack, but the soldiers were able to defeat the enemy and save the outpost, according to the report.

Carter, who grew up in Spokane, Wash., also has received a Purple Heart. His military decorations also include an Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal.

Carter told The Military Times he is committed to the Army at least until 2018, and he is focusing on sharing the story of the fellow soldiers he lost that day.

“I’m just trying to do what I can to make sure the soldiers from COP Keating receive the recognition they deserve,” he said. “When I’m no longer needed to tell the story and assist in the remembering of the actions of Black Knight Troop and the men who fell, when that’s completed, I will be able to choose my direction after that.”


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/27/obama-to-bestow-medal-honor-to-combat-vet-for-daylong-afghan-fight/?test=latestnews#ixzz2aHW1FW4f

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Never get tired of watching that!

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Not all hero's are in uniform, like this hero lady in Georgia....

Georgia elementary school bookkeeper credited with calming armed suspect

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A Georgia elementary school bookkeeper is being praised for her calm under pressure when a man police say was armed with an AK 47-style rifle and nearly 500 rounds walked into her school Wednesday and fired off shots at police officers surrounding the building.

Antoinette Tuff was taken hostage by Michael Brandon Hill, a 20-year-old man with a history of mental health issues, police said.

On a recording of a 911 call released Wednesday, Tuff can be heard relaying messages from Hill to DeKalb County emergency dispatchers before convincing him to surrender. She tells the dispatcher that Hill said he wasn't there to hurt the children but wanted to talk to an unarmed officer.

'We're not gonna hate you, baby. It's a good thing that you're giving up,'

- Antoinette Tuff

"We're not gonna hate you, baby. It's a good thing that you're giving up," Tuff says after having Hill put his weapons and ammunition on the counter. Tuff tells Hill she loves him and will pray for him.

"He said to tell them to back off. He doesn’t want the kids, he wants the police. He said he don’t care if he die. He don’t have nothing to live for," Tuff said on the 911 recording obtained by WABE.org.

"He said he should have just went to the mental hospital instead of doing this, because he's not on his medication," Tuff is heard telling the dispatcher.

No one was injured, but police said the suspect shot into the floor and exchanged gunfire with officers who had surrounded Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, a suburb east of Atlanta. The school has 870 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Dramatic television footage showed lines of young students racing out of the building with police and teachers escorting them to safety. They sat outside in a field for a time until school buses came to take them to their parents at a nearby Wal-Mart.

The exchange between Tuff and the suspect was captured on a recording of a 911 call made by school officials to dispatchers.

Tuff begins by telling Hill of her own struggles, including raising a disabled child and losing her husband. The bookkeeper reassures him by saying he didn't hurt anyone, hadn't harmed her and could still surrender peacefully.

Before he surrendered, Tuff took to the school's public address system to say Hill was sorry for what he'd done and didn't want to hurt anyone -- although the lockdown remained in effect.

Hill is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police declined to discuss what he told them when questioned.

"We have to make a reasonable assumption he was there to do harm to someone," DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric L. Alexander said.

The DeKalb County Public Defender's office said in a statement that it was representing Hill, calling him "a young man with a long history of mental health issues."

"Mr. Hill is being represented by members of our Mental Health Division and he has decided to waive his first appearance today," the statement said. "We are all very thankful that no one was hurt in this incident and that all of the children are safe."

One of the office's attorneys, Claudia Saari, wrote in an email that a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 5.

Police said Hill got the gun from an acquaintance, but it's not clear if he stole it or had permission to take it. His motive is still unclear.

"She was a real ally," Alexander said. "She was a real hero in all of this. She just did a stellar job. She was cool, she was calm, very collected in all of this, maintained her wherewithal."

Tuff told WSB-TV in Atlanta that she tried to keep Hill talking to prevent him from walking into the hallway or through the school building.

"He had a look on him that he was willing to kill -- matter of fact he said it. He said that he didn't have any reason to live and that he knew he was going to die today," Tuff said.

Hill was arrested in mid-March for making terroristic threats in Henry County, DeKalb and Henry County sheriff's officials have said. He was sentenced to probation. A woman who said she served as a mother-like figure to him said he didn't seem to have any friends and rarely talked about his family or past during the months he lived with her and her husband several years ago.

He was quiet and didn't display anger or violent tendencies, said Natasha Knotts, the woman who took him in after he started coming to the small church where her husband is pastor and she is an assistant pastor.

Knotts told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Hill lived with them for about six months in his late teens.

"He was part of our family," Knotts said, though they were not related. She said her family was aware that "he had a mental disorder" before he moved in.

Hill told her that his birth mother was dead and that he didn't know his father. He also has brothers.

Knotts was shocked when she realized Hill had been taken into custody.

"This is something that's totally out of his character. This is not him. This is not the Mike that I know. For anyone that knew Mike, this was a total devastation," she said in an interview at her home in Lithonia, Ga.

She kept in touch after he moved out and said he'd recently been living with another couple who belonged to the church. Knotts last saw Hill about a month ago and he seemed fine.

Knotts said Hill called her sister Tuesday afternoon before the shooting to thank the family for all they had done for him and said he had a rifle. He did not say what he was planning to do.

Police released an undated photo of Hill posing with an assault rifle they believe is the one used Tuesday.

Knotts said she thinks Hill's actions were a plea for help.

"Unfortunately," she said, "he didn't know a better way to get it."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/22/11-call-discusses-school-gunman-mental-health/?test=latestnews#ixzz2cjTq8IWf

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Yup ... saw that on the news the other night ... this country is going to the dogs! I would have loved to see him turn on them with a verbal barrage ... but he has more class than that fortunately!

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It's is a shame what some of our youth are thinking now-a-days, I wonder how they would feel and think if there weren't men such as Petraeus putting their life on the line everyday so the people can have the freedom and right to shout insults at an honorable man??

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Totally agree Skip and Steve.....it's the young college crowd now as it was back in the 70's like when the pot boiled over at Kent State and we also now have the left-overs from the 70's & 80's college know-it-alls that still deny and blame everyone for everything but refuse to take responsibility for their own freedoms.

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World War II veteran to return 'souvenir' Japanese sword

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LANESBORO, Minn. – A 94-year-old veteran from southeastern Minnesota plans to return a sword he took from Nagasaki, Japan, as a token of his time during World War II.

“At first, I kept it as a souvenir,” said Orval Amdahl, of rural Lanesboro. “Then, all of a sudden, I began thinking — someone had to own this.”

Amdahl said he got the sword because he was a Marine captain in the war. Over the years he kept the sword in good condition. He tried contacting people about the sword but had no luck.

Then Caren Stelson asked to interview him for a book she's writing about the dropping of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended the war in 1945. Amdahl mentioned the sword.

“I showed it to her, and it blossomed from there,” he told the Post-Bulletin of Rochester. "She has people in Nagasaki she can work with."

Stelson used those contacts to find Tadahiro Motomura, the grandson of the Japanese military officer who once owned the sword.

Amdahl will hand the sword to Motomura during a ceremony Sept. 21 at the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, which is a sister city to Nagasaki.

Amdahl said he was on a ship during World War II, ready to take part in an invasion of Japan, when the two atomic bombs were dropped.

In Japan, he was stationed at Nagasaki after the radiation from the bomb had dissipated. Before he left, he was allowed to take home one souvenir. That's when he saw the sword with a wood-covered scabbard and a block of wood attached by a string. It looked like it might have belonged to a cavalry officer, and Amdahl liked horses. He took that one.

“I want to get it back to the rightful owner. ... I won't miss it,” Amdahl said. “I believe in peace.”


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/14/world-war-ii-veteran-from-minnesota-to-return-japanese-sword/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2erXbeY3L

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Vietnam veterans to be honored with Silver, Bronze Stars 4 decades after battlefield actions

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SAN DIEGO – Two Vietnam veterans will be honored for their heroism on the battlefield more than four decades after they returned home from war.

The Navy will award retired Marines Joe Cordileone and Robert Moffatt with the Silver and Bronze Star medals during a ceremony Friday at the Marine Recruiting Depot in San Diego.

The two are being recognized for their actions during the first Battle of Khe Sanh in 1967.

Marine Maj. Gen. John Admire says the men were never honored because their commanders who make those recommendations were killed.

Cordileone today is chief deputy city attorney for San Diego. Moffatt is a retired cost estimator who lives in Riverside.

The two fought off the North Vietnamese Army while recovering wounded troops. The Navy says their actions saved lives.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/20/vietnam-veterans-to-be-honored-with-silver-bronze-stars-4-decades-after/?intcmp=latestnews#ixzz2fSC4zZWP

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